Some teams have the luxury of adding players to a team for specific purposes, citing the players as layering the depth of the position. The New York Jets are so barren of playmakers that the need to be picky is not a viable option; rather they need to address the skill positions by assessing value and fair price for that value. When looking for value, the Jets need to look no further than Mike Evans from Texas A&M.
Evans is a 6-foot-5, physical wide receiver that has excellent body positioning in traffic and knows how to time his jump when catching a ball at its peak. His sheer size and athleticism make him a prime red zone target, especially with his ability to out-physical opposing defenders in tight space. That ability would sure help Geno Smith and the Jets red zone offense as they scored a touchdown on only 50 percent of possession within the red zone last season, which ranked 27th in the NFL.
Talent trumps all and Evans special skills and size make him an enticing choice at pick No. 18 for the Jets. His speed is what may set him apart from the rest of the wide receivers in the draft, especially with the recent speculation of a scout that he may be able to run a 4.4 40-yard dash.
His resume isn't short of accolades. Last season Evans was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award for college's best wide receiver. As a sophomore, the Aggies wide receiver accumulated more than 1,300 yards on 65 catches and added 12 touchdowns.
Every prospect has some sort of area that they can work on and that is the case for Evans, as well. Scouts say he lacks burst at the snap of the ball and fails to gain large enough separation in the open field for an elite wide receiver. He is overly reliant on his physical presence, which at times hinders his ability to run precise routes.
In a West Coast offense you need talent at the wide receiver position. Evans would immediately give the Jets additional depth with the potential of having an elite No. 1 receiver. He would provide all that and more to the Jets if he can prove that he can beat defenders down field.