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      The Notebook: Can Mike Evans balance passion & volatility? By Stephen White on Apr 1 2014, 10:58pmevans3_zpsd49c5327.jpgPhoto: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports Mike Evans is one of the top receivers in the draft. Can the Texas A&M standout learn to channel his temper to be productive in the NFL? Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White breaks down Evans' game. For my money there are two wide receivers in this draft vying to be the first at their position off the board. I already broke down former Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Now, I'm going to take a look at former Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. For the purposes of this breakdown, I watched Evans play against Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Duke. Those games represent the third, fifth, seventh, 11th and 13th games of Evans' season, respectively. (Thanks to Draftbreakdown.com for the video.) Getcho popcorn ready At the combine Mike Evans checked in at 6'4, 231 pounds, which is pretty damn big for a wide receiver, but we've all seen bigger. Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, anyone? What I will say is that Evans seems even bigger on film. Like, the dude was physically imposing in every game no matter who he was matched up against. Not every block of his was a slobberknocker, but, man, when he got his hands on defenders things generally didn't end well for them. Even though he gets shaded about catching a lot of jump balls, as if that is something to be embarrassed about, I only tracked 12 throws his way that would qualify as catchable jump balls in my book. And here's the really funny part ... Come closer ... Ready? HE CAUGHT 1O OUT OF THOSE 12 PASSES INCLUDING THREE TOUCHDOWNS!!! evans_zpsdb7059ac.gifHell, I will take that any day of the week if it was the only thing he could do. But, it's not. He is also a decent route runner, finding some way to change directions with that tall frame as if he was a little 5'8 jitterbug. He also has such great feet up the sideline, rarely going out of bounds without being touched. evans1_zps51591fbd.gifAnd, man, oh man, is he physical after the catch. Not as physical as Sammy Watkins, but Evans didn't mind handing out a few flippers or stiff arms of his own. evans2_zps9a7b3370.gifStill, there was something about Evans physically that stood out to me on film, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Then, I checked the combine measurements and there it was. Evans' arms are 35 inches long. That was by far the longest of the wide receivers, longer than former Auburn offensive tackle Greg Robinson's and longer than his college teammate Jake Matthews' arms. Those are offensive tackles, folks.Talk about one hell of a catch radius! Basically this guy is a create-a-player on a Madden video game. I know he has been compared a lot to Vincent Jackson, but I actually saw a lot of Terrell Owens (in various ways) in Evans watching these five games. He runs well after the catch, he blocks his ass off, he goes up and gets the ball and he wins most of his one-on-one matchups. The Jackson comparisons also seemed to have been somewhat of a pejorative, referencing the Vincent Jackson of late who gets caught from behind. However, if you remember the young Vincent Jackson out in San Diego, that comparison is more apt and actually a good thing. Fast enough Did I mention he's fast? I see people questioning his speed. His 4.53 time in the 40 at the combine is good, but not exactly blazing. However, I see Evans getting open downfield a couple of times in most of those five games. Not all of the throws were on the money, but it's not like Evans didn't "Moss" a few cats this past season either. evans5_zps82835b08.gifNobody will mistake Evans for a young Randy Moss, but I don't have concerns about his ability to get open down the field. If anything, I hope whichever team he goes to likes to take shots down the field and has a quarterback who can get it to him on target. Should make for some fireworks on Sundays this fall. Evans has everything you need in a wide receiver. Except ... Volatile Remember that T.O. comparison earlier? Yeah ... Evans had a propensity to draw stupid penalties in the games I watched. A few times he had a point about being interfered with, but you can't have a guy lose control like that in the middle of a game. It's a major distraction and stupid penalties can cost a team games. Basically this guy is a create-a-player on a Madden video game. I never saw Sammy Watkins lose his composure in the games that I watched. Not once. Guys who are that selfish make general mangers nervous about taking them that high. That's with good reason because it's likely that a guy like Evans will struggle at some point his rookie season and maybe even longer than that. How they react to adversity will have a major impact on how their career ultimately plays out. Sometimes it's better to be pissed off than ... There was an upside to Evans' temper. When he got mad he tended to go a little harder on his blocks. For as much as people may remember his bowl performance for the two personal foul penalties (on the first one I thought his arm was indeed pinned by the defender; the second was just a bad call), I remember him more for the pancake blocks that followed. Yes, I said blocks with an 's.' evans6_zpsb0711f91.gifAnd ... evans7_zpsfd1c368d.gifIf he can channel his energy that way, the sky is the limit for Evans. And the winner by a nose I had a lot of fun watching both Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans play for these breakdowns. Both guys had some truly fantastic plays and both guys are special talents. For me, I would have to go with Watkins over Evans on my board. Evans is more physically imposing, and both have great hands (for all the talk about Evans' drops I only counted two and a possible third in those five games). However, Watkins is more dynamic in terms of the things you can do with him. Clemson moved Watkins all over the place to get him the ball, including in the backfield. Evans was the outside receiver on just about every play that I watched. Evans won't be a return guy and probably won't be a reverse guy either. They are about even as wide receivers, but Watkins has the edge as far as versatility. Then there's the mindset deal. I love Evans' passion for the game, but I want a guy who is even-keeled when I'm taking a wide receiver in the top 10. That gives the player a much better chance of not crashing and burning before he ever reaches his potential. Having seen T.O. lay waste to several teams in his wake, even though he was productive, teams haven't forgotten that. I think with the right position coach, one who won't stand for any of his shit, Evans is going to be a fantastic player. For me, I'm going with the safer choice in Watkins if I have to make a pick between the two. Besides, Watkins is a fantastic player in his own right. *In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to point out that my ex-teammate and friend Anthony "Booger" McFarland owns the gym where Sammy Watkins trained to get ready for the combine. Nothing about that relationship influenced this breakdown, however.http://www.sbnation.com/2014/4/1/5534288/2014-nfl-draft-mike-evans-scouting-report

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      Evans is the winner by a mile. Unreal potential. Here is the thing. There have been plenty of 6' 1" 211 pound (midgets) fast, physical, good route running WR's over the last years who have played in the NFL and done pretty good but there has never been a 6' 5" guy with 35"+ long arms and a 37" vertical. Never. He is a physical freak!!

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      If both were still there at seven, I’d still take Watkins, but I honestly love Mike Evans as a WR. Jackson, Evans and Williams would be a great starting set of receivers and if we decide to part with Williams, Jackson and Evans would be a hell of a 1-2 punch in games. Glad to see someone else compare his game to Terrell Owens though. That’s exactly the comparison I’ve been making.This is our best option at seven if Watkins, Robinson, Mack and Clowney are gone. JMO.

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      If we don’t get a QB or Watkins I’d be happy with Evans. Give us twin towers on the outside.

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      He’s right he does look bigger.  I saw him on nfln in a suit and I thought he was a DE at first. 

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      I would be ecstatic to hear Evans name called at 7, if Watkins is gone. So much upside to this kid.

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      Not a bad option.Watkins or Evans works for me if the Bucs are going the way of the WR.Evans would be my personal choice, he is a massive target, graceful for his size, and has great mitts.VJax, Evans, and TDMike is a sick, sick trio.

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      I’d be ok with the Vjax twins on the outside if Sammy is gone .

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      Ive warmed up to Evans at 7…but still would prefer Watkins.

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      Put it this way, I would much much rather have Evans than Mathews (because we signed a tackle already, and the other one is very solid), Barr (the guy is an athlete tweener who would be wasted in a cover shell defense.  He would be forced to play Sam, where his skillset would be diminished and reduced), Ebron (who is coming across as a drama according to some, and refuses to block).I think I may have Evans ranked a smidge higher than Watkins.  Just a humongous target that will make life hard for Richard Sherman, much less any corner in the NFC South.

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      I think Evans is a super talented guy but how would he fit in with the group of WR’s we have now?  I’m not saying that he won’t but I just wonder if having a true slot receiver wouldn’t suit our offense a little better.  Unless we are grooming him to take VJ’s spot in a few years. 

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      I think Evans is a super talented guy but how would he fit in with the group of WR's we have now?  I'm not saying that he won't but I just wonder if having a true slot receiver wouldn't suit our offense a little better.  Unless we are grooming him to take VJ's spot in a few years.

      You would have 1a and 1b.  And Williams running the slot, or VJax running in the slot works as well.  They moved VJax around quite a bit last year, and while it wasn't the most effective (as a result of QB play, attention he was receiving as a result of depletion, and horrible schematics).You don't need YAC to win games.  That is fallacy.  It does help though!

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      We have to remember that VJ is what, 32? A replacement is needed, ON TOP OF the fact that our WR unit is mediocre beyond VJ and Williams.

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      I’m all for getting Evans at 7.  Seems to work out fairly well for the Bears to have two big targets on the outside.

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      I prefer Watkins, but am cool with Evans too.

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      I'm all for getting Evans at 7.  Seems to work out fairly well for the Bears to have two big targets on the outside.

      Yut.Bucs add a nice safety blanket tight end and Tedford can put together a nice scheme, and this will be a nine win team.

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      I am not against Watkins or Evans.Can't go wrong with either IMO.

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      I think Evans is a super talented guy but how would he fit in with the group of WR's we have now?  I'm not saying that he won't but I just wonder if having a true slot receiver wouldn't suit our offense a little better.  Unless we are grooming him to take VJ's spot in a few years.

      I agree that we still need a dynamic slot WR. But that doesnt mean we cant draft a great WR at no.7 and then a slot WR in the 4-5th rounds. Slot WR to me needs to be addressed with a late pick. With the Mike Williams drama unfolding, drafting Evans would give us two elite wideouts who will both command double teams. That can really help your offense in a massive way. This is why I like Evans waaaaaaaaaaaaay more than Watkins. Evans will always command a double team but Watkins will not.

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      Evans is a stiff, no thanks.

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      Evans is the winner by a mile. Unreal potential. Here is the thing. There have been plenty of 6' 1" 211 pound (midgets) fast, physical, good route running WR's over the last years who have played in the NFL and done pretty good but there has never been a 6' 5" guy with 35"+ long arms and a 37" vertical. Never. He is a physical freak!!

      Evans is a stiff that will have at least 2 personal foul penalties per game. With most of them bring the ball back after a long gain by someone else that can get open.. no thanks, Evans is a guy you pick in the later rounds.

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      A huge reason for Maziel’s success in college.

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      Nice player.  But if both were available at #7, I would take Sammy.  I think he compliments Vincent better than Evans would.

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      Nice player.  But if both were available at #7, I would take Sammy.  I think he compliments Vincent better than Evans would.

      I would take Sammy over Evans if they were both available "whenever" we pick. But, either way, these 2 will have big impacts wherever they go.

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      National Media getting on the WR bandwagon for Bucs:Daniel Jeremiah ?@MoveTheSticks  30mThe more I look at the Bucs roster, the more it makes sense for them to go WR at number 7. Watkins/Evans.

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      I know it’s a small shot at him, but you’re selling me on him if you’re comparing him to TO.Having some attitude, some fire, is a good thing. If he learns to hone it..wtfo.

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      Sign me up!!!  We will find out about a week before the draft or least a couple of days before what teams really feel about these two.  NFL love big WR’s.  The more I think about it we need a top prospect at WR….obviously fine with either one.  Cant wait for the draft!!!Just say NO to Bridgewater at 7...

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      Evans is a possession receiver, and a knucklehead. I’m not impressed.

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      If Sammy is gone and we take Evans at 7, I wouldn’t mind us targeting Cooks in the 2nd. Load up on receivers. Evans + VJack twin towers on the outside, speedy Cooks on the inside. Williams in there as well if we don’t ship him out.

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      Sammy or bust.

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      Evans is gonna be a better pro imo. 

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      Evans is gonna be a better pro imo.

      Both are going to be ballers!

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It’s funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn’t we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

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      Read some where that most the scouts at Texas A&M thought Evans stole the show.

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      Sorry about my English in the above post.

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      I would be fine with either. The plus is having Vjax as a mentor. He can teach either of them how to be a great pro.

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      I prefer Watkins, but am cool with Evans too.

      sameWhen we had Mike, I saw no reason to draft Evans but now either one is needed.

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      He’s going to be a star with a good QB like McCown throwing.

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      He's going to be a star with a good QB like McCown throwing.

      Sad. Think of the monster year MWill would have had.  ::)

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It's funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn't we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

      Headcase he is not. Although he has a bad temper, but that is a long way from headcase.  There has been a few times where he thought he was getting a bad call, and on the next play he absolutely annihilated whoever had the misfortune of lining up across from him.

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      He's going to be a star with a good QB like McCown throwing.

      Sad. Think of the monster year MWill would have had.  ::)

      Hammy Mike Will can miss meetings and be average for the Bills.

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      Man, the Bills have a bunch of Williams on their roster.

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It's funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn't we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

      Headcase he is not. Although he has a bad temper, but that is a long way from headcase.  There has been a few times where he thought he was getting a bad call, and on the next play he absolutely annihilated whoever had the misfortune of lining up across from him.

      WRONG, I saw Mike get dominated when we played him and again although LSU produces stop talent at CB to get shit down by true freshman says a lot. We were in Mike's head all day and that crap he pulled in college of pushing people off to get open will not work in the NFL. Mike is a big WR that is nothing special to warrant a top 10 pick. He is not and will not be better than Vincent Jackson, he is not better than Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffrey just to name a few guys drafted later in the draft.

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It's funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn't we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

      Headcase he is not. Although he has a bad temper, but that is a long way from headcase.  There has been a few times where he thought he was getting a bad call, and on the next play he absolutely annihilated whoever had the misfortune of lining up across from him.

      We were in Mike's head all day

      Didn't play well against your team....must be a bust. Dumb argument from Tigers homer.

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It's funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn't we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

      Headcase he is not. Although he has a bad temper, but that is a long way from headcase.  There has been a few times where he thought he was getting a bad call, and on the next play he absolutely annihilated whoever had the misfortune of lining up across from him.

      WRONG, I saw Mike get dominated when we played him and again although LSU produces stop talent at CB to get **CENSORED** down by true freshman says a lot. We were in Mike's head all day and that crap he pulled in college of pushing people off to get open will not work in the NFL. Mike is a big WR that is nothing special to warrant a top 10 pick. He is not and will not be better than Vincent Jackson, he is not better than Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffrey just to name a few guys drafted later in the draft.

      That is fine, and a fair point.  But "headcase" was probably not the best choice of words.  I reserve the headcase label for guys like Brandon Marshall, TO,  Pacman.

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      Gonna play devils advocate in this thread and say I would rather trade down and take Cooks. Wouldn’t be upset with Evans, but would rather have Cooks and the pick.

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      Mike Evans is a headcase and has BUST written all over him if he is drafted in the top 10. It's funny how all these commentators slob all over Manziel and Evans for what they did vs Bama yet NOBODY mentions what two true freshman did in back to back years vs Manziel and Evans when they faced my LSU Tigers. Long story short two true freshman shut both their butts down and got in their heads. Mike Evans is an immature guy that came across as being selfish. Didn't we just get rid of one idiot in Mike Williams?Give me Sammie Watkins all day and then double up with Jarvis Landry

      Headcase he is not. Although he has a bad temper, but that is a long way from headcase.  There has been a few times where he thought he was getting a bad call, and on the next play he absolutely annihilated whoever had the misfortune of lining up across from him.

      WRONG, I saw Mike get dominated when we played him and again although LSU produces stop talent at CB to get **CENSORED** down by true freshman says a lot. We were in Mike's head all day and that crap he pulled in college of pushing people off to get open will not work in the NFL. Mike is a big WR that is nothing special to warrant a top 10 pick. He is not and will not be better than Vincent Jackson, he is not better than Brandon Marshall, Dez Bryant, Alshon Jeffrey just to name a few guys drafted later in the draft.

      Had to go watch the LSU game after reading this http://draftbreakdown.com/video/mike-evans-vs-lsu-2013/ it looked to me that Johnny Football had an awful not Mike Evans.  I saw two catchable passes he missed.  He does need to learn to be less obvious about his hand checking, he is 20 years old and will learn.  I also watched the Auburn game which is a dominant performance.

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      Gonna play devils advocate in this thread and say I would rather trade down and take Cooks. Wouldn't be upset with Evans, but would rather have Cooks and the pick.

      Nice player. The Jets have their eye on him. They are assuming Sammy and Evans will be gone by the time their pick rolls around. Unless they trade up.

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