Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome told the press that the Ravens will look to add at least one new weapon for QB Joe Flacco in the offseason. As Newsome put it, the team will seek “a receiver who can make the third-and-sevens, a guy who can run after the catch”.
The Ravens’ first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft will come at the 16th or 17th slot (to be determined by a coin flip with Dallas Cowboys). Texas A&M‘s stud receiver from the past two years, Mike Evans, is projected to go somewhere in the middle of the first round. Eureka.
Evans is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound monster. In two years at A&M, Evans had 151 receptions for 2499 yards and 17 touchdowns. Evans is great at picking up yards after the catch and is a fantastic jump ball target due to his size. Evans doesn’t have blazing speed or quickness, but that would be okay for the Ravens as they already have that guy in Torrey Smith.
There would be some maturity issues the Ravens would have to deal with, but those are some of the risks you take in drafting young men.
What Evans would really provide the Ravens is that “bully” receiver they sorely missed this year. Guys like Derrick Mason and Anquan Boldin filled that role for the Ravens for several years. These were guys that had some attitude and would talk trash on the field. They also backed up their talk by being reliable chain-moving guys.
Marlon Brown did a fantastic job for the Ravens this past year as an undrafted free agent, but I don’t see him as a guy that could take over a game like Boldin or Mason. Evans could be that guy for the Ravens. There’s no doubt in my mind that Evans would “play like a Raven”. I’ll have my fingers crossed when it gets to the 16th or 17th pick.
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