New York Jets Select – Shaq Evans WR UCLA

With the 115th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the New York Jets selected Shaq Evans, Wide Receiver, UCLA. 

The Jets take the second wide receiver of the day; further satiating the savage, receiver starved fan base. Let’s get to it:

Combine Numbers

  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 213 lbs
  • Arm Length: 32″
  • Hands: 9 3/4″
  • 40: 4.51 seconds
  • Vertical Jump: 34.5 inches
  • Broad Jump: 122.0 inches

Pros

Evans makes the tough catches and makes even tougher ones look easy. He is extremely competitive and will out muscle defensive backs for a contested ball. Has good, functional size and a solid catch radius. He has good acceleration and gets defensive backs turned around – an effective deep threat. Solid route runner, keeps his defenders in the dark until he makes his move. Very high character. Very high work ethic.

Cons

Average college production. Weak open field vision and struggles after the catch. Occasionally drops easy completions – looks upfield before finishing the catch.

Conclusion

Evans, baring a sub-par camp, should be in the mix for starting snaps. Say what you will about fit or draft status but Evans has the skill set to be an immediate contributor. He can be an effective X and Z receiver and could start opposite Eric Decker. This move, combined with the Saunders signing, puts Stephen Hill, Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates, and Greg Salas on notice. Based on their skill set, Decker, Kerley, Evans, and Saunders will split snaps as the de-facto “starters” for this unit. David Nelson will still be a factor but the other the aforementioned four look to make a larger impact.

Pro Comparison for Evans: Jericho Cotchery/Anquan Boldin

2014 Draft Comparison for Evans: Jarvis Landry

Author: Cole Patterson

Cole has attended American University in Washington DC and is currently completing a double major in history and global communications at Ramapo College in Northern NJ. He has served as an NFL Analyst for a local DC radio show, Fanatic Radio. He lives and dies with the New York Jets. Cole will help lead Jets coverage and analysis.

  • Freddie Mac

    Mediocre talent at best. From everything I’ve read, his ceiling is to someday become a #2 WR. He isn’t going to be the speed WR to free Decker. CB’s will press both and smother this passing attack. Amaro will help but John failed to address a #1 WO to complement Decker who is obviously a #2. This experiment will fail.

  • Thanks negative Nancy. Lets at least get to camp before the doom and gloom huh?