In the latest NFL mock draft conducted by Todd McShay, the Detroit Lions will select Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the No. 10 pick. McShay explains that Evans is one of the top wide receivers coming into this year’s draft because of his big play ability.
“I know that the idea of drafting a wide receiver in the first round brings back a lot of bad memories for Lions fans, but I really think that Detroit needs to add a guy who can take advantage of 1-on-1 coverage opposite Calvin Johnson and create big plays, and that’s Evans. He is one of the best receivers at coming down with 50-50 balls that I’ve ever evaluated, and he’s the most accomplished downfield receiving threat in this class. UNC tight end Eric Ebron would be another option here. Given the depth of the cornerback class, I think the Lions can wait to add a good one.”
Earning first-team all SEC honors in 2013, Evans finished the year with 69 receptions for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore. Despite Evans’ success during his career at College Station, he is currently ranked as the second best wide receiver behind Clemson star Sammy Watkins, who is projected to go to the Oakland Raiders at No. 5.
There’s no doubt that adding another wide receiver through the draft or free agency is a priority that general manager Martin Mayhew must address. After releasing Nate Burleson this offseason, the Lions need to acquire a weapon that can frequently contribute to the offense as early as week one next season.
When asked about the possibility of playing with Calvin Johnson, Evans explained that it would be an excellent 1-2 punch for the Lions.
“I think it’d be a great combo,” Evans told Josh Slagter of MLive.com. “Would be a good two-headed monster (with Johnson), help take some coverage off him and it’d be a great experience to learn from him.”