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Victor Cruz Wants New York Giants to Draft Texas A&M WR Mike Evans

April 24th, 2014 at 4:50 PM
By Dan Benton

The Mike Evans to New York Giants camp has a new member in wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Perhaps looking for an additional talent to help replace Hakeem Nicks (Indianapolis Colts), Cruz told NFL Network on Thursday that he'd ideally like for the Giants to select a big-play outside wide receiver with the No. 12 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

"A [big-play receiver] is something we need in this offense to be successful," Cruz said, specifically naming Evans. "An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be."

The 6'5'', 225 lbs. Evans would certainly be exactly that for the Giants, especially coming off of a season in which he caught 69 passes for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Whether or not Evans will still be there at No. 12 however, remains to be seen. His stock has certainly risen and he was recently mocked as high as No. 5 overall to the Oakland Raiders by NFL Network.

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5 Responses to “Victor Cruz Wants New York Giants to Draft Texas A&M WR Mike Evans”

  1.  Nosh.0 says:

    Ugghh. Lets hope not.

    If Cruz wants a big play WR he should have suggested drafting Hakeem Nicks 2.0 Marquise Lee.

    Lets look at the similarities.

    - Both WR’s play bigger and faster than they are.
    - Both were overshadowed in the draft by WR’s less talented than themselves. In Nicks case it was Crabtree, DHB, and Maclin. In Lee’s case it’s Evans, Beckham jr. and Cooks)
    - Both will have/had immediate impact as rookies.
    - Due to multiple leg injuries both will break down sooner than the average WR and not be worth a contract past their rookie deal.

  2.  BillyS says:

    I wouldn’t hate Evans with our pick, but I always believe that you can find a solid WR later in the draft. I’m leaning towards Ebron because picking a TE at #12 would kill 2 birds with one stone. You get a good receiver who causes mismatch problems AND a guy who can (in time) help block. Ebron is the #1 TE while Evans is the #2 WR (and even then I’ve seen some who had other guys ranked ahead of him). I’d like Evans, but I think he’s more of a luxury pick at this point. I think the Giants like Allen Robinson and if he’s there in the 3rd round then that’s my pick for them. That way they can get a stud TE in the 1st, maybe a lineman in the 2nd, and a WR in the 3rd.

    I just want the draft to get here…

    •  Nosh.0 says:

      We agree on a lot of things Billy but I’ll never understand the logic for Ebron or any TE with the #12 pick.

      But I agree the draft needs to get here. Don’t know why the NFL pushed it back this year.

      •  BillyS says:

        It’s a deep draft for TE and Ebron is the obvious #1. We have a need for a TE and our new OC will have more of a West Coast style offense. A super athletic, big TE will be huge with that style of offense. His hands are sometimes questionable, but the after the catch ability is too good to pass up. He definitely reminds me of Vernon Davis. I’ve seen some compare him to Jimmy Graham, but I just do not see that whatsoever. Graham has several inches on him. Davis is roughly the same size and is the more athletic TE. If we had a chance to get Vernon Davis in this draft wouldn’t everyone be thrilled? I’m not saying Ebron is a lock, but he’d fill a need and I’d be more comfortable taking him than a WR (unless Watkins somehow managed to fall).

        I also wouldn’t mind a lineman — preferably a tackle. I’ve seen some mocks that have Taylor Lewan ranked ahead of Jake Matthews, ones where Matthews actually falls. If I had to choose between the 2 I’d take Matthews. I think Lewan is the better pass blocker, but Matthews is a bit more fundamentally sound and I feel he’d help more overall when you also factor in the run blocking. Either way there are a handful of guys I’d love with the pick, but it really depends on whether other teams ahead of us go after QBs. I’m nervous that a lot of teams may gamble at some QBs falling to them in the 2nd round if they focus on another area of need with their early 1st pick.

      •  rlhjr says:

        The only thins to understand about Ebron are as follows:

        1. Bigger, faster and stronger than either Nicks or Evans.

        2. Able to line up outside the hash, on the hash or next to the tackle and make plays.

        3. Able to block.

        He’s a Swiss army knife. “A 6 foot 5 inch 255 pound Swiss army knife.” So you get three receivers by drafting one guy. Talent, versatility and value in one pick. Did I mention he’s a freak?

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