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Texas A&M Wide Receiver Mike Evans Could Interest the Pittsburgh Steelers Early in the NFL Draft

February 6th, 2014 at 11:11 PM
By Mark Mihalko
While many fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers believe that the teams only true needs exist on defense, they would be wrong. Yes, the Steelers need help on that side of the ball, but they also cannot afford to be singularly focused. With a aging defense, the team may be forced to outscore some teams, and to do that they need more talent on offense
'Johnny Manziel 95 Yard TD Pass To Mike Evans Texas A&M v Alabama' photo (c) 2013, Zennie Abraham - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
Yesterday, Steelers 101 took a look at Kelvin Benjamin, a big receiver that could compliment Antonio Brown. Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans is another player who fits that profile, and he too could grade out in the mid-first round range.
 
Like Benjamin, Evans was a two-year starter and an incredible playmaker for the Aggies. At 6-5, 225-pounds, he boasts the size and speed to translate to the NFL. More importantly, he has a combination of body control and hands that's could make him special.
 
A three-down receiver, he is somewhat raw as a route runner and lacks elite speed. However, he does show quick first step and tremendous fluidity with the ability to gain separation on a regular basis. He is a match-up nightmare. The Steelers may also be a fan of his blocking ability in the run game, as he shows the skill-set to be a perfect weapon when not  involved in the passing game. 
 
Evans is clearly one of the top receivers in this class, and has the potential to get better. A young player, turning 21 well after the draft, he has the ability to step in and make an impact. With that young age, if he grades well at the combine, he may not be around at number 15.
 
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