Grading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ First-Round Selection of Mike Evans
The new-look Tampa Bay Buccaneers have new uniforms, a new coach and now a new offensive weapon on the outside. With the 7th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Bucs selected wide receiver Mike Evans. Interestingly, it was the first of three NFC South teams to pick a wideout in the first round. The division as a whole is looking to make more plays on offense and score more points to perhaps match Julio Jones with the Atlanta Falcons.
Under new head coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs have been upgrading several needs in the offseason. Evans is a tall, raw pass catcher who can make big plays and extend the field. He will line up opposite another 6-foot-5 guy in Vincent Jackson. The two will form one of the biggest duos within the league and create problems on the edge for opponents.
The Bucs may also have a new quarterback under center as well throwing the tandem the ball in Josh McCown. He will be no stranger to having a star wide receiving duo to catch passes. Last year he had Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery making plays down field for him. Tampa will also have a healthy Doug Martin returning, and suddenly an offense that was at times limited moving the ball is filled with quality playmakers.
The Bucs’ selection receives an A+ grade. Evans will help a new-look offense make big plays down the field. It is a home run pick for Tampa, and it is fitting because Evans is a home run type of player.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.