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Draft Analyst Charles Davis Thinks Mike Evans Is A Longer Version Of Plaxico Burress


In his latest mock draft, NFL Network draft analyst Charles Davis has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the 15th overall selection in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. On Wednesday, Davis was a guest on 93.7 The Fan and was asked if Evans could be a Plaxico Burress type of wide receiver in Pittsburgh.

"Although he’s not as thick as Plax, he’s willowy like that," Davis said. "He’s a longer version of him. And I talked to someone close to his camp just the other day, because my concern about Mike Evans is what does he actually run? Because those long-strider guys, sometimes you get mesmerized by them, and you think, God, maybe they’re either going faster than you thought, or sometimes you think they’re not as fast as I thought. I’ve been told- and we will see at the combine – that he could run a high 4.4 time. And if that’s the case, then game, set, match, off he goes."

Davis also thinks there's a possibility the Steelers might even condsider Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin with the 15th overall pick as well.

"I wonder if Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State – 6’4″/6’5″, 230 [pounds] – fits into what they’re looking for, or is that too rich for their blood at the pick that the Steelers have?" Davis said. "Evans, I think, fits perfectly, but there will be competition to get him before that. Could a Kelvin Benjamin come into play? I think Allen Robinson, that’s too high for him, out of Penn State, even though I really like him a bunch. But there's a lot of big-bodied receivers coming out in this draft, its just a matter of where you want to spend it."

Last week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers have already indicated to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger their intentions of drafting him a "tall" wide receiver in the first few rounds of the draft. Whether those intentions will be fulfilled or not will be discussed between now and the May draft. In the meantime, all eyes will be on both Evans and Benjamin at the scouting combine this week to see if either can firmly cement themselves as players worthy of a top 15 selection.

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  • 243546

    What’s Colbert’s definition of tall? Compared to the guys he’s drafted lately, anything over 6 feet could be considered tall. Also, would Eric Ebron qualify?

  • Ken

    I would be shocked if the Steelers took a receiver in the first round. Evans can be a head case too, but it seems that’s a requirement if your are big receiver… TO, OCHO, MOSS, DEZ…etc.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think the Steelers take a receiver in the first 2 rounds. After that I think this draft is defense.

  • Jason White

    If I have my way the Steelers will draft Kelvin Benjamin and Calvin Pryor in the first two rounds.

  • steeltown

    I see the Steelers taking a WR in the ‘first few rds of the draft’ but that could entail a 3rd Rd pick used at the position

  • steeltown

    I doubt Calvin Pryor is there in the 2nd Rd

  • Jason White

    You’re probably right. Never know though. I certainly see DeCastro falling to 24th in the first a couple years ago. To be honest I’m actually hoping Kelvin Benjamin has a so and so combine and or pro day and slips to the Steelers in the 2nd

  • Jollyrob68

    Yes he would and that would be a nice compliment to Heath

  • steeltown

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d jump for joy

  • AL252

    Offense isn’t the problem. Need defensive help. Specifically S and CB

  • Kevin Gobleck

    i’d probably say anything over 6’2 unless you have a great leaper that is 6’0 (perhaps m. lee)

  • Brian Miller

    Unless they truly are following the BPA logic, I don’t see how we don’t come out of the first 3 rounds with a WR, CB, and a S/LB/DE, with a leaning towards an OLB unless things go extremely well with the Woodley/Worilds fiasco. I am almost of the mind that we should trade back as often as possible in the first couple of rounds to pick up multiple 1st and 2nd and 3rd round picks considering how deep this class is supposed to be. We need so much depth on this roster that we really need to hit on 6 or 7 draft picks if possible…

  • Derrik

    I’m sure I’ll get ridiculed for asking this but what the heck. Anyone think there’s a chance they can do a sign and trade with Worilds & our first round pick to move up for Mack or Watkins?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I think i just read over at CBS that they think Kelvin Benjamin is a Plaxico clone too…

  • Richie

    They need another weapon for Ben… Not many 6 4 and 6 5 guys round. I would take Benjamin he’s good in the end zone

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I still think it has to be CB and safety as well, although I could live with Justin Gilbert CB in the first round and Jordan Matthews WR in the second round. We’ll see how fast Matthews runs in the combine. He is a taller WR. One thing that I loved hearing about him was that when he was getting ready for the Senior Bowl he asked for tapes of the DB’s that he would be facing so that he could study them on film. You don’t find that kind of commitment too often in these young guys.

  • Richie

    Ebron is TE and not a good blocker

  • Richie

    Offense wins games that get you in the playoffs

  • Matt Manzo

    I remember Plax coming out of college and the highlights of him steamrolling over and through CBs. I never saw that from him in the NFL.
    While I do want a big bodied red zone threat, I’m leaning more towards the faster leaner guys, Robinson, Adams.
    BUT! If he runs in the 4.4s it be hard to pass him by!
    Combine times are gonna shake a lot up in the WR class!

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d like that! But where would u see us going safety? 3rd or 4th? And who do u like in those rounds? Dixon, Sunseri and Whitley are on my radar in 3/4.

  • dkoy85

    I see Benjamin more than Evans. Benjamin seems to be stronger.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    I’m glad Mike Evans has the approval of a hype-mongering draftnik.

  • steeltown

    If we don’t go Safety in the first 3Rds I sure hope we target someone like Dixon or Ladler in the 4th

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I like Dixon, and also Ed Reynolds, Stanford; Terrence Brooks, Florida State; Hakeem Smith, Louisville in the third round. Even a Jimmie Ward from Northern Illinois or Deone Buchannon at Washington State could slip to the third round with all of the available talent out there this year.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m just worried that our 3rd rnd pick being a comp, that guys like Reynolds and Buchanon will be gone by then. Really hoping for a trade down in the 1st to get higher in the 3rd!
    Something like 4 picks in first 3 rnds to nail CB,S, WR and OLB.
    With all the depth we could any position in any round.

  • cp72

    Man I think Sunseri is a sleeper. He’s kind of tweener safety/linebacker, but the kid just runs and hits everything that moves. He would be a fan favorite in Pittsburgh after about 10 minutes of seeing him play.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I understand. It would be nice to be able to pick up a higher third round pick, but then I don’t think Gilbert will be there in the first by the time they pick. Maybe Fuller would still be there, though. I like him as well at CB.

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    If Mike Evans runs a 4.4/40, the Steelers have no chance at him. He will probably go to Detroit, at 10.

  • steeltown

    I’ll go on record predicting he wont run a 4.4, maybe 4.55 if he’s lucky

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I see statements like this all the time, but it is blatantly false. The reality is….it is both. Our defense gave up the 14th most points in the NFL. Our offense was tied for 16th.

    If you go by yardage, our offense was 20th. Our defense was 13th.

    To put the offense in perspective…Seattle yardage, 17th. Scoring tied for 8th. Defense yardage, 1st. Scoring 1st.

    Now I am NOT arguing that we don’t need to improve our defense, we obviously do by leaps and bounds, but the reality is, in order to win you need to be good at both. Somewhere in the top 3 rounds I think we need a big physical target. In all honestly, I think Joe Flacco struggling this year without Boldin opened our eyes to the need for a big receiver. He had other capable receivers, but not physical receivers.

    Personally, I would like to see us deal with our DB position by throwing a ton of guys at the group. I would be okay with this:

    Gilbert/Benjamin or Matthews/Brooks/Lisir

  • LayDownTheHammer

    That’s not gonna happen.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I think he will be between Vincent Jackson and Demarius Thomas. Jackson went 4.46 and Thomas was 4.52. I think he will be in there, but probably on the high end.

    And just for the record, Boldin ran a 4.72.

  • steeltown

    I personally don’t care what 40 time a big-bodied WR runs I just want them tall, physically imposing with a large catch radius. We have our speed guys already.

    I was just saying I don’t see it happening with these guys.

  • Jacob Dixon

    The steelers should get a wideout 3rd or 4th and defensive back 1st-3rd

  • ergomesh

    we have a 6-5 and a 6-3 on the team Derek Moye had success with limited targets last year and Justin Brown should come in this year and compete at least for a spot. My biggest problem is that every receiver we draft in 1st always moves on Plex, Holmes, Wallace. Can’t build from draft if we keep loosing them after first contract.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’ll be interested to see what Evans runs too. On Film he looks awfully slow and not very quick. I have to admit he makes plays but I’m just concerned if it’s because he’s the tallest guy on the field with College level talent.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Hmm i’ll guess Benjamin runs a 4.49 40, and Evans runs a 4.52 ish

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya, I’d only trade down if Gilbert was gone, to try n get Pryor. Could still find a good CB in 2, but only if Gilbert’s gone. Seems to be the only good pick at 15? Unless a WR lights up the combine.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I don’t think it is a requirement that they be speedy, but if Evans were to run a 4.46 or something along that lines, He goes from physical, big bodied WR to potentially elite physical big bodied WR.

  • 243546

    But he runs routes, and catches like a WR.

    Ebron isn’t a bad blocker. He got the will and the strength to be a good blocker, he just needs to clean up his technique. Heath wasn’t considered a great blocker when he was drafted.

  • joed32

    Plex wasn’t all that good and they made no effort to keep him. Holmes was dumped for getting busted for drugs repeatedly and he’s a train wreck with the Jets who are letting him go. Wallace was the “best receiver in the NFL because he could take the top off a defense”. At least according to all the hype. I wish they could have kept him because he and Ben had something good going but the price was just too high.

  • steeltown

    True.. my guess would be if Evans runs a 4.4 he’ll be gone by the time we pick.. DET or STL

    Also something to think about.. if Evans slips down and we don’t select him, I could see Baltimore taking him at #17

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I just dont like the thought of a 1st round WR. If we could get Robinson in the 2nd or someone similar that is fine but I hope we go a different route…no pun inteneded…lol

  • tim

    Thank YOU for saying that! I BEEN saying that about Ebron..I want the kid from Iowa or Washington! Blocking pass catchers!

  • Doug Sawyer

    Benjamin first…Loucheiz Purifoy in the second is a lights out one two combo

  • AL252

    I’d hardly say it’s “blatantly false” Look at the offensive ranking the 2nd half of the season. I believe they were 8th. The offense vastly improved as the season went on while the defense regressed. Of course, you need both offense and defense to win. But IMO, the defense is holding this team back now, not the offense. With a healthy o-line, another year of Ben in Haley’s offense and an excellent O-line coach in Muchak, I feel pretty confident if the defense can improve (particularly the secondary) this team can compete for the division. Last season, the secondary had 1 starter (Allen) under the age of 32. That isn’t’ a winning formula and it showed.

  • AL252

    Only WR I’d take in the first round is Watkins and no way he falls to 15.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Offensive weapon at this level is game breaking …almost no Defensive rookies start day one under the Steelers scheme …Colbert said at the Senior bowl that he had never seen a class of CB’s so deep so…my guess is a CB in round 2 and another safety in our compensatory 3rd round..who can be groomed by Troy in maybe his final year…that leaves 4th and 5th round to find a NT…Kelvin Benjamin is the first step…he will immediately require a corner and a safety over the top just to tackle him…This will open up Brown even more and thus open running lanes for Bell

  • Doug Sawyer

    he is also proven in big games

  • AL252

    I definitely like the idea of multiple CB’s drafted this year. Especially since it appears Curtis Brown won’t ever be a starter.

  • stellarsfan

    Wallace was a 3rd round pick. Also, every player is his own man and every players situation cant be generalized like that. The steelers rightfully and smartly ended their relationship with plex, holmes, and Wallace; we were better off afterwards in every case.

  • shawn

    excellent points !

  • shawn

    i like ur thinking

  • shawn

    i think we will be drafting 3 Dbs this year 2 CBs plus a S … wouldn’t be surprised if they pick up an additional couple UDFA DBs as well … i think they know they have to be aggressive this year in regards to the secondary

  • shawn

    definitely looks more explosive and higher upside on film

  • shawn

    he is very fluid … Matthews reminds me of Jordy Nelson

  • shawn

    have u seen the Florida kid from W Kentucky … good hands, ball hawk and size and speed … maybe a good late round pic along with the OU kid that got hurt .. both late rounds low risk high reward

  • shawn

    that would be ideal

  • shawn

    i think both are 4.5 guys … but Benjamin looks faster and more explosive on tape, wouldn’t be surprised if he ran a high 4.4 if he has been working out hard

  • shawn

    it wouldn’t change my mind if evans ran a 4.4 … he’s not fast on tape and rarely gets separation … if thats the case in college i dont see it getting any better in the pros

  • shawn

    ya that would suck … i hope he doesn’t go to the ravens

  • shawn

    i think that is pretty close

  • shawn

    i tend to agree … those are my observations as well

  • 243546

    Another way to interpret his comment about the depth at CB, is that it allows the team to wait until the mid rounds to draft a CB, and still end up with a quality player.

    For comparison, last year was considered very deep at safety, and they waited until the 4th round to address the position.

  • 243546

    Unlikely. When a team trades a player, the cap hit associated with his signing bonus stays with the team that traded the player. I’ll assume that Worilds isn’t going to sign a deal that doesn’t have some sort of signing bonus, which means a sign and trade would result in a dead money hit for the Steelers.

  • 243546

    I predict that the Steelers will use their third round pick to draft a safety.

  • Derrik

    Thanks for the reply, makes sense, didn’t realize all the nuances of the salary cap.

  • Doug Sawyer

    I agree…That’s why I think they will pull the trigger on a WR in the first and be able to land what would be considered a first in other years in the second round.
    I think Purifoy from Florida fits that bill nicely

  • 243546

    I did forget about one option. They probably wouldn’t want to do a sign and trade, but they could do a tag and trade. Placing the franchise tag on Worilds would have no negative consequences for the Steelers in a trade situation. The biggest potential for disaster is that the deadline for placing the fanchise tag on a player is March 3rd. What if the potential trade partner decides to back out, and the Steelers get stuck with Worilds and an $11M cap hit?

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