Dallas Cowboys: Mike Evans Wouldn't Be Worst First-Round Pick

By Ryan Ratty
Mike Evans
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The Dallas Cowboys have now had three consecutive 8-8 seasons and something has to give. Yes, there have been a ton of injuries, but that is no longer an excuse for the Cowboys. In 2013, Dallas deployed one of the worst defenses in the history of the NFL in their first year of the 4-3 scheme. By releasing DeMarcus Ware and not bringing back Jason Hatcher, an argument could be made that Dallas’ defense is even worse than last year’s. Henry Melton was signed in free agency and Anthony Spencer was re-signed, but both will be coming off freak knee injuries in 2014. While defense is the most glaring need, there are needs on offense too. One of those needs is at the wide receiver position.

Many believe that Mike Evans out of Texas A&M is the best receiver in this draft class. At 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, Evans looks the part. With top-end speed and the frame quarterbacks love, he has a real shot to be a top receiver in the NFL. Evans was Johnny Manziel‘s go-to guy at Texas A&M, and he has shown that he could go up for the deep ball and also be the possession receiver many NFL teams covet.

Although they spent a third-round pick on Terrance Williams last year, the Cowboys are in the market for a receiver in this year’s draft. Dallas finally released Miles Austin and there are rumors out there that Williams isn’t ready for the No. 2 receiver position. Dez Bryant is one of the biggest playmakers in the NFL, but he needs a player across from him who can attract some attention. Having a combination of Bryant and Evans on the outside with Williams in the slot is a dangerous passing game already. If Evans falls to when the Cowboys are on the clock, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see the Cowboys draft the former Aggie. Evans truly has transcendent talent, and he has the prototypical size for a receiver becoming so popular in today’s game.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.

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