The Eagles recently re-signed wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper to contracts. Despite their deals, the team may choose to add even more firepower to the offense.If the Eagles are looking to address the position early in May's NFL Draft, they could look to bring in Texas A&M's Mike Evans, who has been widely-considered one of the top players at the position in this draft class and was among the top performers at the Combine in Indianapolis.
A large wide receiver with a basketball background, Evans was recruited by the Aggies as well as Tulane. Evans chose the former and redshirted as a freshmen. He started all 13 games in his first year of action. Evans was named to the 2012 Freshman All-SEC team for collecting 82 receptions for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns. His reception total ranks No. 2 in school history and his receiving yards ranked No. 3.
In his sophomore season, Evans was a Biletnikoff Award finalist. He was also a first-team All-American and first-time All-SEC selection. While Evans' receptions dropped to 65, he had 1,322 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. His receiving yards are the best in program history and his touchdowns tied the all-time total for scores. His landmark performance came against defensive juggernaut Alabama, when he had seven catches for 279 yards.
The 21-year-old was invited to the Combine and performed in several drills:
Weight: 231 lbs
Arm Length: 35 1/8"
Hands: 9 5/8"
40: 4:53 seconds
3-Cone: 7.08 seconds
Vertical Jump: 37.0 inch
Shuttle: 4.26 seconds
Evans has a huge frame that he uses very well. He will win on jump balls, can be used on screens and has good straight line speed for a big guy. He owned the endzone at Texas A&M and boxes out very well like he is going for a rebound. While Evans is fast, he also gets open by being extremely physical. He is aggressive in the air and can handle press coverage without much problem.
He is a willing and solid blocker and will assist in short-yardage situations. He is built like a tight end, which will help the team that drafts him, as he can be used anywhere on the field.
While Evans can get open with ease and out jump his defenders, he has just okay hands. He is very aggressive which can lead to push-off calls, but he is more physical than cheap. He is not a very good route runner due to tight hips that showed up in his mediocre 3 cone drill (7.08).
Evans also tends to get extremely emotional often. There were several games where he had to be talked to on the sideline and his mannerisms and attitude seemed similar to that of Dez Bryant. He has some maturity issues but is also very young still and is coachable.
The Eagles like size. Evans has the large body and blocking ability to go along with the athleticism the team covets. He had a solid but not spectacular Combine and is seen as a top 3 wide receiver in the class. He may not be around at No. 22, so the Eagles would likely need to trade up for Evans. The draft has plenty of depth, with possible starting receivers available in the second and third rounds, so the juice may not be worth the squeeze. However, Evans has elite measurable and has tons of potential. At just 21, he has plenty to build on in the NFL.