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