NFL.com Draftnik Charles Davis Has Steelers Drafting WR Mike Evans In Latest Mock Draft

NFL.com draftnik Charles Davis released his second mock draft of the offseason last week and in it he has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with the 15th overall selection in the first round.

Davis writes:

Tall, rangy receiver who can run. He fits the Steelers’ need for bigger bodies at the position.

Davis has Evans as being the third wide receiver off the board with Sammy Watkins and Marqise Lee both being drafted in the first 13 picks.

Just last week, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Steelers have already indicated to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger that they intend to draft him a “tall” wide receiver in the first few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. At around 6’5″, Evans certainly fits the “tall” label.

Here is what NFL.com has up now for a scouting report on Evans, who will be in Indianapolis this coming week to take part in the scouting combine:

STRENGTHS – Outstanding size and length. Functionally strong to power through the jam. Boxes out defenders and is a big red-zone target. Hardwood background is evident — outstanding leaper with “above-the-rim” skills to go over top of smaller DBs and highpoint throws. Creates late, subtle separation. Tracks and adjusts. Makes contested grabs — attacks throws and outmuscles defenders in a crowd. Nearly unstoppable executing back-shoulder catches. Strong, reliable hands. Very strong after the catch — slams into tacklers, is a load to bring down and leans for extra yardage. Productive playmaker — averaged 20 yards per catch in 2013 and showed up in big games (18-566-5 vs. Alabama and Auburn). Good blocker. Physically dominant and tough. Will be a 21-year-old rookie.

WEAKNESSES – Monotone mover with pedestrian speed — cannot separate vertically or pull away from the pack. Unsudden acceleration. Stiff hips. Will have to make a living in traffic at the next level — will struggle to separate vs. quick-twitch NFL cornerbacks. Did not run a full route tree and could require patience learning the nuances of refined route running. Backyard element to his college success — must become savvier instead of depending on superior size and improvisational production. Can be hotheaded and lose control of his emotions. Basketball was first love.

NFL COMPARISON – Vincent Jackson

BOTTOM LINE – A prep hoopster with shooting-guard size, Evans combined with Johnny Manziel to form one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver connections in the nation the last two seasons. He’s a big, physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with playmaking ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target.

In case you are curious, Davis had the Steelers drafting Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley in his first mock draft that was released in the middle of January. He also had Evans going to the Baltimore Ravens in that mock just one pick later.

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  • Richie

    Are they looking for a #1 type or a #2? If it’s the latter this guy might fit. I like the FSU kid in the second

  • RW

    Would rather trade back to take Benjamin. He won’t be available in the middle of the second as things stand right now, but he’s got more upside than evans IMO.

  • joed32

    I have a lot of respect for Charles Davis, he puts in the work to be good at what he does, but I like Benjamin better as well. Don’t know how far they could drop down and still get him though.

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    DANTE MONCREIF OLE MISS WR 6-2 225 POLISHED BEAST WHO IS CARRIES HIMSELF WITH CLASS, BEST WR IN DRAFT NOT NAMED SAMMY
    3RD ROUND, USE FIRST TWO ON DEFENSE

  • Dutchess Hershberger

    BENJAMIN HAS BUST WRITTEN ALL OVER HIM AS DOES EVANS, CHECK OUT DANTE MONCREIF OLE MISS RECEIVER BETTER THEN BOTH OF THESE GUYS CAN BE HAD IN 3RD ROUND

  • JT

    Any mock that doesn’t include Nix is an improvement.

    That being said, Evans is a odd proposect. The backyard element makes you think he’s a match made in heaven for Ben, but at the same time we know Ben often likes guys to be “college open” which without elite speed or route running Evans will never be. A guy like Cotchery gets away without either as a Redzone target, but that’s because he has discipline and control Evans lacks. He’s certainly on the board for the Steelers. The question is where?

  • Nolrog

    Why are you screaming?

  • dkoy85

    What about Moncreif makes him better than Evans and Benjamin? If either Benjamin or Evans could be had in the 3rd round they would be major steals but Moncreif is sitting where he should be… the 3rd round.

  • steeltown

    I’d be ok with that. I think we do need to go Defense early and often and the Steelers usually have success drafting WRs in the 3rd Rd

  • 20Stoney

    Just take EBRON. There’s your tall receiver.

  • RyanW

    Whilw I would hate this pick or any tall wr pick in the first round I feel like defense needs to be our first pick. Our offense out up a lot of poinrs over the second half of the year without the tall wr but our defense struggled all year. Id rather go defense and get Mosley or Clinton-Dix with our first and get that tall WR in rounds 2 or 3.

  • steeltown

    Would be sweet to have Miller, Spaeth and Ebron this season, that’s good depth.. then next year Ebron could take a more predominant role when Spaeth becomes a UFA. To be honest the only Offensive players I would want in the first 2 Rds is Ebron or Seferian-Jenkins

  • SteelersDepot

    We are very much aware that you like Donte Moncrief as you seem to mention him in every reply. I can only imagine the pain and suffering you will go through if the Steelers do not select him. How about we focus in the post on the both the good and bad associated with Evans as that is the purpose of these post. Also, please refrain from TYPING IN ALL CAPS AS IT REALLY IS IRRITATING.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    If he runs a good 40, then i’d be fine with this pick because i know we can teach him more routes and make him more polished at running them

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I honestly have no idea why having a big receiver would be a bad thing…That being said, I am currently on the CB, WR, CB or S, CB or S (opposite round 3) boat.

  • cp72

    I think that we need a solid number 2 receiver more than a tight end that will only play passing situations because of his less than adequate run blocking. I don’t know that I am all in with either Evans or Benjamin, but to use the 15th overall on a guy that might catch 30 balls his first year makes little sense to me. There are to many other holes to fill.

    Let’s wait til the 3rd round or later to draft Heath’s potential replacement. Year after year there our guys drafted after round one that go on to be studs.
    Gronk 2nd round
    Jason Witten 2nd round
    Jimmy Graham 3rd round
    Julius Thomas 4th round
    Aaron Hernandez 4th round

  • Chad H

    There will be better prospects in the 1st on D to take. If Watkins falls (which he won’t) then take him. Every other WR they have penciled in as 1st rounders I see as 2nd rounders because they have more development.
    Not to say Evans or Benjamin in 3 years from now won’t be great but neither one of them is Calvin Johnson.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    I look at it this way, the top five NFL receivers IMO are: LFitz, Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, A.J. Green and Julio Jones.. and only LFitz got to the Super Bowl. So, the need for the tall (or best) receiver is overblown. Maybe a physical receiver (a la Golden Tate)- but he doesn’t have to be 6′ 6″. I’d rather have a Kam Chancellor type at safety. If you hold a team to 10 points, you need an average, ball control offense to win.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Well, not to rain on your parade but Ian Rappaport has just reported that Mel Kiper said the Steelers will draft Nix in the first AND second round. First, as their nose tackle, then in the second round as their “big” receiver. He may also report as an undrafted FA to challenge for the punting job.

  • Quin

    I don’t see the it factor in Mike Evans I saw his game against LSU where he basically got shutdown by Rashard Robinson who is 6’1 163 lbs. I know one game doesn’t tell the whole story, but I think the tall WR thing is overrated. I say this because The Steelers won two Super Bowls without having a tall receiver. I would rather The Steelers go defense in the first and get either Jarvis Landry or Moncrief later in the draft. Don’t get me wrong a big target can only benefit the offense, but I don’t feel as if Evans is the answer I brought up the LSU game because when his physicality was matched by a much smaller corner he became a non factor.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have not looked long and hard yet all the way down the line, but with all the WR’s in this draft, it makes perfect sense to wait until their usual 3rd round or so to see which guy they like that represents great value. Obviously Sammy looks spectacular and as close as you can get to a sure thing. But there are so many others that could turn out good and have loads of potential, even in the 3rd or 4th round.

    Yes, Evans does seem to have a little something extra, and with refining could end up great, but it does not make sense here. CB, S, even TE would be okay. I wish they could trade down because it would be great to have more 2nd and 3rd round picks, especially this year.

    Here’s an early prediction for you: By next year WR’s are going to be a dime a dozen. Don’t laugh. Go look at how many WR’s are FA’s this year. Then go look at how many there are in this draft. You would end up with hundreds of supposed good WR’s, or enough for 50 NFL teams. The huge volume alone virtually guarantees that in the next year or 2 there will be all kinds of guys without work.

    Fascinating stuff.

  • Weiss Chad

    honestly if lee is not available there I’d go other position or trade back.

  • Weiss Chad

    have you ever watched ebron block.He puts guys on skates all the time.I don’t believe he will have any problem blocking.Sometimes he needs to follow through or finish but blocking is natural to this kid

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Unless a stud falls to us I am not in love with who is available to us at 15. I would be ok with several different guys but I do not see a game changer for us. Hope we trade back.

  • PA2AK

    I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT…LOUD NOISES

  • Chris Ranieri

    Arthur Lynch this year 3rd round

  • 20Stoney

    I don’t see his blocking as being a huge problem, Amaro yes, but not Ebron. He’s a weapon and one guy I see being a freak athletically and filling a need that has a good chance of being there at 15. I see him as a lot more of a sure thing that a lot of these guys that are projected to the Steelers.

  • Ike Evans

    If its not Sammy or marquise Lee then I don’t care…..not a big fan of drafting a number 2 receiver in the first round when Keenan lewis had mre int’s by himself then all our dbs put together…AB is our number 1….wheaton about to step up…cotch needs to get signed but with this receiver class being so deep we can get one later….Jordan Matthews will be there davante adams, Brandon Coleman, Jarvis Landry, abberderis, martavious Bryant, mike Davis will all be there later

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Excellent and accurate summary of his weaknesses. Enough said.

  • Jacob Dixon

    I want the steelers to get either Ha-Ha Clinton Dix or Justin Gilbert

  • cp72

    We won a lot of games and 6 super bowls holding teams to 10 points , but we are more than a big safety away from those great defenses.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    Absolutely agree. We need two corners, a starter and one for depth. We could use an inside linebacker and a viable backup outside backer, a true nose tackle and a safety.

  • Patrick Reid

    Would love to get Ebron in the first or Jenkins in the 2nd.

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya, I think those 2 will be the essential pieces to the draft working out for us. If we get Dix we have plenty of Cbs to choose from in rnd 2. If we get Gilbert we have plenty of Safety’s to choose from in 2 and 3. Both still allow us to get a WR in 3 and stock up on depth for D after.
    My nightmare draft would be waiting til 3rd round to go CB!

  • WIINGY

    Not sure the Steelers need to go WR in the first with how deep it is. I wouldn’t hate the pick though.

    Ben loves to throw the ball up to the pylon with the one on one matchup. It seems over and over it was to Sanders and he failed to come down with it.

  • Michael Pearce

    I wish we get a shot at Mike Evans but dont see him dropping that far.

  • Big Joe

    If the Steelers believe that he can add about 10-15 lbs more of muscle/meat on his frame without losing much of his speed, they may be tempted to draft him with the hope that he’ll learn how to improve his game, take care of his body and improve his ability to read defenses. Jenkins in the 2nd is also a possibility if they are ok with aspects of his recent reckless behavior that got him suspended from his team.
    Otherwise, they may risk Benjamin in the 2nd Round and ask Cotchery to improve his route running and defense reading. Unlike Evans, Benjamin has more speed behind his game and can create similar mismatches downfield. I watched him the past 2 years at Florida State and there were games he made a huge difference and those he couldn’t be found. His QB this year is very similar to Ben in the way he found a way to extend the play, but I guess it boils down to what type of receiver – other than tall – the Steelers are looking for in the rotation.

  • Big Joe

    I agree with Mosley, but am still uncertain about Dix. The Steelers need to get smart talent infused at CB soon as well. I agree with the taller WR concept in either the 2nd or the 4th. If we don’t go ILB/OLB in the 1st, then I would use the 3rd (Compensatory pick potentially) on an OLB.

  • Big Joe

    I agree with your assessment. If we can’t get a quality CB that rates a 1st pick – in the Steelers’ minds – then the ones that suit our team’s traditional size/speed/coverage mold are in the late 3rd and mid-4th – and that usually means 2-3 years of development in Dick’s defense. If we can’t pick up Mosley or Shazier then I don’t see a Buck ILB that fits our scheme anywhere else in the draft that isn’t too darn slow for today’s NLF 3/4 defense. I also agree with you on a quality OLB and a S for depth. As long as the team sees S. Thomas as Polamalu’s replacement, they may be willing to get a FS in FA like they did Clark to bring in some experience once Troy retires. They seemed to be kicking the tires on one FA Safety today in fact.

  • Big Joe

    If we go Dix, then our next opportunity to grab a CB that fits the traditional Steelers mold isn’t until the mid-4th or if a 6′ + tall one falls into the late 3rd/early 4th where we can use our potential 3rd Rd Compensatory pick (should we get one). We don’t have an actual 3rd Rd pick this year so we’d have to trade a 2nd Rd pick in next year’s draft to pick something in the 3rd this year. If we get Gilbert, then the same is likely true for the 4th or 5th. The safeties in the 2nd seem to be a bit slower than normal so the Combine should help sort that out a bit.

  • SFIC

    It is exactly those “weaknesses” that will prevent him from being a #1 WR in the NFL IMO. The new breed of bigger CBs will shut Evans down. Benjamin too.

  • Matt Manzo

    There should be some CBs in 2, Verrett, Purifoy, Fuller, Desir, Robertson.

    Safety’s that should be there in 2: Boston, Zimmerman, Loston. (Reynolds might be too slow)

    I’m hoping we trade down in 1 and get an early 3rd.

  • MC

    I dont think these first round WR’s other than Watkins and Lee really warrant a first round pick when there isn’t toooo much of a drop off with a lot of these third round guys.
    I want the steelers to move back and take a FS in the first with CB in the second or vice versa. Third round go for a big WR.
    From what im seeing, a WR at 15 that isn’t watkins or Lee seems like a reach and we need to nail these high picks this draft, its a must!

  • steelster

    I like cody Hoffman from byu. He is 6′ 5′, has good hands and a good route runner and great in the red zone. The steelers can draft him in the forth round and use the first 3 picks on defense. Hoffman would be rated higher but because he is big like most big wr he lacks elite speed. Watch him on youtube. I’m interested in your feedback

  • Rikki Giaro

    The Steelers need to pick a player in the first round that can help the team now, not 3 or 4 years from now. Every one went nuts for Jones last year, how did his one sack help the team ? If Pittsburgh goes defense again in the first round , they will not contribute this season, and fans should expect the same outcome as last season. A WR or TE has more potential to make an impact as a rookie.