Report: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans Flashes Good Hands During Johnny Manziel Pro Day

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel had his personal Pro Day on Thursday and both Pittsburgh Steelers General Manger Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin were on hand to see it.

During his workout, Manziel threw to wide receiver Mike Evans and that’s the real reason why Colbert and Tomlin were in attendance. According to a Thursday report on Twitter by Gil Brandt of, Evans showed good hands during the well anticipated and highly attended event.

Evans and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins are considered by many to be the top-two rated players at their respective position this year. While it is unlikely that Watkins will still be on the board when the Steelers pick in the first round, there is a decent chance that Evans might be.

The Steelers are expected to draft a wide receiver in the first few rounds this year after losing Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery during the free agency signing period. They have, however, signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore thus far to replace one of those two losses.

  • Jason

    Every time he works out it lowers our chance of getting him at 15.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    It could happen, it could happen, it could happen…


  • steeltown

    That’s a weird statement, there are quite a few WRs currently in the League with better hands than C.Johnson, he’s just a beast that has speed and size in spades… now, if Gil had said Evans has the best hands he’s seen for a BIG WR since Calvin Johnson then that would seem more accurate.

  • harding36

    I said this a month ago, and I still believe it: Evans is better than Watkins and might even go ahead of him. I put our odds of getting either at under 10 percent.

  • treeher

    I don’t want a receiver first round anyway, I want a cornerback.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I think Evans is a great player too, but I see no area where he is better than Watkins, with the exception of his natural height. Watkins is about 3-4 inches shorter, but far more explosive. I think Watkins will be gone in the first 5 picks. Frankly, this draft is one where I’d be happy with any one of a number of players at various positions. I’d gladly take WR Evans, CB Dennard, CB Gilbert or ILB Mosely and think there’s a decent chance one or more of them will be there at 15. I just hope we stay away from lineman with out first rounder, e.g., Lewan, Nix.

  • Toddy Bravo

    Good point, but it sure does say a lot about the quality of player he is. His size and speed are obviously coveted, but Stephen Hill (Bust) had those qualities. If Evans has great hands too, look out.

  • Gerald Brown

    Very True…Larry Fitz comes to mind

  • steeltown

    Well he said ‘since’ C.Johnson, so it would have to be someone since he entered the League, but hell we have someone on out Team with better hands than him, atleast statistically

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Wait…so what you are telling me is one of the top 2 receivers in the draft actually has good hands. No way!

  • No one thought we would get JJ, Its not impossible especially if a run on Quarterbacks start. All it takes is one team to get a run started.

  • Matt Manzo

    Him and Gilbert are the only ones I really want at 1:15. Dennard would be ok. If all three are gone I want to trade down. Hopefully someone falls to us or someone falls that another team drools over, like Donald or a QB?!

  • alex

    omg, so much man love for this guy, could it be a dream drop @ 15…?!

  • ApexSteel

    Mike Evans is my top choice. He was absolutely dominant last year.

  • Gerald Brown

    Ok well call me crazy but I think DeAndre Hopkins has great hands and probably better than C Johnson coming out of college

  • dkoy85

    I’m still 50/50 on him. His workout numbers are great but his game tape is okay IMO. If we pick him up I’d be happy but there are other players I’d like to see ahead of him or traded back to get. I did see a draft have Evans fall to us at 1.15 and Fuller fall to us at 2.46. Now that would be quite the 1st and 2nd round draft. Add another CB round 3 and I’d jump for joy/get evicted.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    If only his name was Jezebel Crapbag, then no one would want to draft him. He’d drop to 15 for sure!

  • Alan Felicia

    His February Combine workout made him a top 10 pick.

  • Iron Cadet

    Best hands in the draft. No question

  • dgh57

    I agree as all we have is a over the hill Ike Taylor, another year older
    W. Gay, and the best we have is C. Allen. Followed by a bunch of

  • Maureen A Gomes

    Agreed! Long overdue IMHO.

  • Alan Felicia

    I would agree with you but with Oakland in the mix, all bets are off. I know Al Davis is no longer there but they have made head scratching moves throughout the years. DJ Hayden last year and Heyward-Bay in 09 were reaches. Somehow a lot of there high 1st round picks have been busts (Bay, Russell, Huff, Fabian Washington, Robert Gallery, etc.).

  • Jay Jaber

    I agree with that statement. I think Hopkins has the best hands in the league

  • Jay Jaber

    Hill and evans are two completely different players hill wowed everybody by his speed not hands and he came out of a college that ran the spread option offense that ran 80% of the plays. Jets gambled on him

  • Jay

    I’m with you if we can’t get Gilbert, Dennard, or Evans then trade down and take either the corner Fuller or Benjamin!

  • kamil

    Yes cb would solidify our secondary for years bar injury cortez shamarko mitchell and a young ready to play corner we would be solid

  • kamil

    Dj hayden is going to be a stud.. tge kid came back from a life threatining injury, he just has to get comfortable, now the heyward-Bey thing i agree with

  • Derick L Young

    His biggest impact will probably be on the RZ. so all those dang FG we dread will be TD’s.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    “Best hands since Calvin Johnson” what??? Metaphorically for a 6’4″ or taller? Either this or the scout really had no clue when revisiting prospects. Its much easier catching balls without a defender in front of you anyway.

  • Alan Felicia

    And b/c of Hayden’s life threatening he was a reach being pick #12th overall. Nothing against Hayden but everything I read in the media (NFL Network, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, Peter King/SI, etc) felt this was a reach.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Hey guys here’s a crazy thought, what if Sammy Watkins fall to us? I’m pretty sure this time our guy wouldn’t just run; he’d slams his face onto the podium from tripping.

    Which mean Roger would read “Pittsburgh Steelers with 15th pick choose Samm——- … um.. its crinched and left blank”.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    That was my initial thought! Given Manziel is very accurate, i’d like to see what Evans can do with a second string QB and from there see how Evans handle overthrown or underthrown balls. More of a situational passing game.

  • harding36

    I actually see areas where Evans is better than Watkins: (1) In the red zone. Evans posted a 37 inch verticle leap, at over 230 pounds. This guy is going to be an absolute monster in the red zone; much more so than Watkins, IMO; (2) On 3rd down. Evans will be more of a chain mover than Watkins. Watkins ran a pretty vanilla offense at Clemson; he’s not a great route runner yet, and not as good as Evans over the middle of the field. He also might not be as quick as Evans, who posted a better 3 cone drill score than Watkins; (3) Evans is a better blocker. He was out in front of a lot of those Manziel runs (though I’ll concede that Watkins is also a very good blocker for a WR). I don’t say any of this to diminish Watkins, who I think is a great player. But I’d rather have Evans. Just my $.02.

  • kamil

    It mite have been a bit of a reach but, it was better to take him with the potential he has early instead of letting somone else get a great young player, but i dont listen to those sports center guys who never played a down of football in thier life lol

  • Xclewsive

    Evans has talent, youth, but he’s a train wreck waiting to happen. I believe when Colbert made those comments about this being the most immature class. I believe while not directly, but indirectly he’d lump Evans into the statement. I hate first round WRs because the Steelers have drafted 3 since starting with Troy Edwards and they all left. I don’t want anymore rent-a-WRs. Evans looks to me like a Rent-a-WR. Great talent though.

  • Matt Manzo

    It is possible that they love Benjamin and if they can’t trade down they take him at 15. If they really love him they’ve done it in the past.
    What I love about draft day is all the unexpected moves! With a deep draft, How ever it works out we should come away great players in rounds 1-4!

  • dkoy85

    I actually said this before. If the first team to grab a receiver covets Evans size they veey well could grab him. Really could make a run on QBs, OL, and a couple tall receivers and Ebron in there… ya never know. HIGHLY doubt it will happen… but the possibility is there.

  • Ernest

    Heck, there might be a scenario we get both. Which we trade down enough in the first we draft either fuller/ benjamin then trade up in the second to draft fuller/benjamin with the extra picks. Slim chance but you never know. If Watkins or Gilbert isnt there @15 then trade down.

  • steelster

    Johnny Football is going to be a good pro.

  • Jay

    That would be sweet but only worried about Baltimore who may take Benjamin too.

  • I can’t even say Allen is our best CB, as Gay outplayed him for long stretches last year.

  • Hill had bust written all over him coming out. Evans doesn’t. I am not sold on him at 15, but he is a way better prospect than Hill was, IMO.

  • Steve

    Blake Bortles will be better, Johnny Football is very imature yet he is exlosive, he reminds me of Tim Tebow coming out of college.

  • Joe Gulaskey

    I like Mike Evans but there are plenty of WR in this draft that will be great compliments to AB. We can get a starting WR in the first three rounds.

  • MC

    True, but im sure you can agree that Allen has more big play potential than Gay. Something this defense needs.

  • John C

    I would love to have a guy like Evans in the mix but lets be honest…..we have a top WR in Brown…..we do not have a top CB….not even top 32 CB….so please let Dennard (Gilbert will be gone) be there at 15 and we take him…..My biggest fear is that Gilbert, Dennard, Evans, Mosely, Ebron are all gone we actually take Nix….Please NO….at that point we need to trade down, get an extra pic in the 3rd or 4th.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Sammy Watkins definitely does have better speed, hands, and does run better routes. I do hope Browns see that they might have to play against Antonio Brown and Sammy Watkins twice a year so they grab him ha

  • John A Stewart

    Soon as little Johnny gets hit he will be done.It was cute and sexy in college but in the NFL they will hit you harder and often.

  • Alan Felicia

    Perhaps Colbert was talking about Benjamin. Make sense since KB had maturity issues in FSU.

  • Randy Neff

    Let’s hope 4 QB’s get called prior to 15. If that happens and Donald and Ebron are top ten picks, then things could get really interesting.

  • Xclewsive

    I’ve heard Benjamin talking about how he loses focuses when he’s not the focal point of the play. Never heard any maturity issues I’ll have to take you word on that. But I’ll Google it just to be sure. LOL

  • 243546

    Yup. Those big, fast, hard hitting 21 years olds from the SEC, become bigger, faster, harder hitting 27 year olds in the NFL.