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Buccaneers Trading Mike Williams To Bills Still Might Not Be Enough To Drop Mike Evans To Steelers


On Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded wide receiver Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round draft pick and as a result, it could wind up shaking things up a little bit in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Now that Williams is out of Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers very well might be targeting a wide receiver with the seventh overall selection in the draft and that very well could wind up being Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins should he still be on the board.

Should the Buccaneers indeed land Watkins, then one could easily speculate that the Bills, if given the opportunity, would pass on Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans now that they have acquired Williams. In addition, being as the St. Louis Rams recently signed troubled wide receiver Kenny Britt, they might also be inclined to also pass on Evans with their second pick of the first round as well.

Heading into this week, it was popular speculation that the Pittsburgh Steelers would have no shot at drafting Evans 15th overall and in reality they still might not as the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Cleveland Browns could very well wind up drafting Watkins which would then leave Evans for the Buccaneers.

If, however, Evans makes it past the Bills, the New York Giants then would likely decide whether or not he makes to the Steelers at 15th overall. The Giants currently only have wide receivers Rueben Randle and Mario Manningham to go along with Victor Cruz, so it might be very tough for them to pass on Evans.

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  • Ken

    Wide receiver is a big need, but i’m still hoping we nab one of the top two corners.

  • Ike Evans

    He’s not getting past the lions……the lions are strictly BPA they will draft him if he’s there unless someone ridiculous is still there at 10 like Khalil mack or Greg Robinson

  • Toddy Bravo

    I love what Evans brings to the table and would be ecstatic if he fell to us, but I’m still not completely convinced we would take him over some other guys, even if he is on the board. If Lewan, Mosely, Barr and/or either of the CBs are there, it would be a tough decision. In the end, I probably would take Evans, but I don’t think it’s a certainty that the Steelers would.

    It’s not our biggest need, but how good would ILB CJ Mosely look playing all 3 downs in the middle of that defense. Timmons and Mosely = Best ILB tandem in the League.

  • Cols714

    I still can’t believe that the Rams are going to pass on Watkins for a LT. That seems so so dumb to me.

  • Toddy Bravo

    I’m really interested to see how much progress Wheaton makes in his 2nd year. If he takes a leap forward (and why wouldn’t he), that would significantly decrease that need at WR.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    The scenario I DON’T want is for Evans to be there, and the Steelers pass on him. If he’s gone, what can you do? If he’s there, you don’t just give away a player of his caliber (to a team that should have no shot at him) for nothing.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    After drafting Austin and Bailey last year, and then signing Britt? They have bigger needs, clearly.

  • Alan Felicia

    Speaking to Ram fans, they’re hoping to draft a lineman to protect Bradford especially coming off ACL injury last season. Plus, as Victory indicated, Rams just brought in Britt to line up next to Austin and Bailey.

  • srdan

    I don’t see watkins falling to the bucs, therefore I think Evans is their pick.

  • Jeff

    If he’s sitting there at 15, I think the Steelers will take him…. I sure hope so

  • srdan

    I don’ tthink our need is at WR, our need is in the redzone to finish drives, which means we need a mismatch. Either WR or TE will do.

  • srdan

    Lewan?

  • srdan

    If he is htere, the team is given a chance to nab a talent to fix an immediate need in the redzone. If he is passed over for another player at that spot, why would you be bummed? It would have to be a heck of an addition to surpass the addition of a redzone threat on a TD starving team.

  • srdan

    unless i completely misunderstood your post. lol

  • ApexSteel

    I still highly doubt he’d be there, but if he is I pray we pull the trigger. Mike Evans is easily my favorite receiver in this draft.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    That’s my point. Who would we add at 15 that’s a better prospect (and value) than Evans, assuming he’s still available? I mean maybe if Gilbert is also still there. Maybe. But you don’t pick Dennard if Evans is still on the board.

  • srdan

    Oh i get it. Unless the FO found some skeleton you are saying that other than clowney, watkins or mack, this guy should be our pick at 15. True, I agree.

  • srdan

    late friday brain fart

  • Kyle Owens

    I have a questions for Dave Bryan. On a early episode of the Terrible Podcast you mentioned that you were down on Evans because he only lined up on the right side. Does this still concern you?

  • steelster

    The rams could draft evans with the 13th pick.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Lions???? The most logical landing point is Tampa at the #7 pick, especially with today’s trade. He wont be there for the Lions to pick at 10.

  • SteelersDepot

    Well, most of them were indeed on the right. I am perhaps more frustrated with his lack of red zone production.

  • Justin Barlow

    I’m curious to hear why exactly Evans is 20 picks better than Benjamin.

    Are his hands really that much better? Is his route running really that much better? Just wondering why it is such a consternation if he’s gone and the top 2 corners are gone and Benjamin is there. What is the gap between Evans and Benjamin?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I have heard route running and definitely hands for Evans being so much better. Also, a little maturity. Marquise Lee is similar and 1 year removed from injury, could also be amazing (for example, he was outstanding in 2012, and a little less so in 2013 — knee injury if memory serves).

    Then again, there are 2 schools of thought. Since Benjamin is younger, more raw, he might become even better than the others ahead of him. Of course picking him brings much more risk with this potential reward.

  • steelster

    Benjamin is 23, 3 years older than evans. Lee had a drop in production because of the knee injury and he no longer had matt barkley throwing him the ball.

  • RyanW

    Lions have new coach, BPA may not be their philosophy anymore

  • Weiss Chad

    Why not marquise lee?I think he is a safe bet,only concern would be if he could stay healthy.I understand we need that red zone threat.I personally would be concerned more about defense over offense unless someone drops

  • steelster

    Yes I’m way more concerned about the defense but a good rookie wr might help the steelers keep up in the scoring department. I won’t be surprised to see the defense let up 28 or more points in a least 5 games in 2014. I really hope I’m wrong.

  • Josh Knepshield

    The Giants are also high on Jerrell Jernigan who was very good in the last quarter of the season, soooooo….no

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Thanks for straightening me out. I thought Benjamin only played a couple of years. Wow. Those meds really play tricks on me. It’s not like the Steelers to reach for a pick. Although some teams just go and get their guy and don’t give a damn if it’s 10 or 15 picks premature.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Been struggling with whether the Steelers should go for bolstering the Offense which on paper looks better to me than last year or try and shore up that defense. I tend to agree with you that we may have to outscore a lot of teams this year in order to improve on those 8-8 seasons. If one of those top corners is off the board and a top WR is left then it’s a no brainer. Then the other side of the coin is to stock pile defensive picks and hope the D is better this year which is a big if. I don’t think you can go wrong either way but in the end I would put this year on BB and get the WR then draft heavy on Defense.

  • steelster

    Yes, exactly and the steelers do have some promising young talent. They just need to nail this draft.

  • Ike Evans

    Lewan what? I was talking about mike evans

  • Ike Evans

    So? They still have the same gm and owner right? Jim Caldwell doesnt seem like the type coming in a d rocking the boat

  • Ike Evans

    Um duh…the article clearly states they may try to get Sammy watkins…if they do then mike Evans still won’t fall to us…that’s the point of the comment.

  • Matt Manzo

    I think just one good WR will be enough for the O and spend the rest on D, with a RB late. We could even wait til 3 to get a WR.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Ike are you saying Detroit would put the newly signed Tate on the bench?

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Benjamin is also slower

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I really think they will draft the highest rated player. Colbert has often said they don’t consider themselves having huge needs at any position. I personally disagree. However, I believe they think their free agent pick ups position them to draft according to their philosophy.

  • Ike Evans

    They don’t have to….put him in the slot where he belongs…they throw out of 3 and 4 receiver sets a lot…Detroit throws a lot period….but even beyond that…they’ve sat players in the past…they’ve stacked positions plenty of times ….they are one of the purest BPA teams

  • William Weaver

    Odds say that half the WR’s drafted in the first 2 rounds will be busts. Why is everyone so sure mike Evans isn’t one of those busts? As Dave say, his red one efficiency is lacking. As I have heard Bucky brooks say, he could be another mike Williams from USC. Just a big guy that over powers college players but won’t in the pros. I don’t know but he is far from a sure thing. First round pick needs to be a star. No doubter. I have doubts. CJ Mosley is a no doubter but not a star. I feel Lewan is a no doubter. Not a need I know. Are there no stars left at 15? Wouldn’t be upset with Evans pick but will worry.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed this draft is loaded with not only “tall” WR’s but some real game changers that can be had even in the 3rd round.

  • cp72

    I have made the decision that I am done stressing about who is going to be there.We are going to have a chance to draft a good player. Of the five players I like Evans, Dennard, Gilbert, Benjamin, and Shazier one of them is bound to be there at 15.

    People will say 15 is to high for Benjamin. You have Baltimore, Jets, Chiefs, and the Patriots picking behind us that are likely looking for a wide receiver. If we lose out on Evans there could be three or four wide receivers pick be for we are up again. If both corners and Evans are gone I think you pick Benjamin and move on. Then use multiple picks on CB and DL later in the draft.

  • Jim McCarley

    I am no draft guru, but since teams always pick up bodies after the draft via free agents, why not trade up, if possible, to get the few players you truly target? If they really want Evans, trade up to get him. If they want defense, and have one or two guys in mind, then trade up to get them, even if you lose a few picks in the draft. After all, there is always lots of free agents out there after the draft. They traded up to get Troy and that proved to be okay, right? The need to get as many impact players as possible is there. I’d much rather get two or three impact guys than one impact guy and seven bodies….Why settle for who you get and not go after who you want……I’m not sure how many picks the Steelers have this time, but surely there is a team drafting ahead of us that needs more picks and will allow us to move up….With that being said, I’m fine with whoever falls to us at 15 and so forth….Lots of WR talent this draft, so I’d draft defense in round one and maybe two…..provided Evans isn’t there at 15…..

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yup! I’ve been saying that for months now. Plus, the Steelers MO is usually to draft WR in that round. Sure, they could change their minds this year and are interviewing some guys that should not come off the board anywhere near where they are supposed to be drafting. Who knows.

  • Chad H

    Lions are in desperate need of a corner.

  • Ike Evans

    They have been for years….and they’ve passed on one every time in the first round because it wasn’t their top guy on their board…they have some young guys they like such as Darius slay who played OK in nickel last year…so they’re less desperate this year then other years…if you ask me they’re more desperate for safety help….but like I said they don’t really draft on need at the beginning of the draft

  • William Weaver

    You know atleast one of those WR’s you have projected in first round will not make it in the nfl. Say 2 of 6 fail. Which ones?

  • Don

    Not by much. I was more concerned with how they LOOKED running. Evans’ running style was much smoother and looked strong.

  • Don

    Good luck finding 32 no-doubters to fill up the first round.

  • William Weaver

    It is tough. I hear people say their are four super elite and then the rest but super elites coming into the nfl bust too. I guess I just have a hard time pushing too hard for this guy or that guy without being able to talk to them first. How these college kids turn into millionaire men means more for how they turn out then their 40 time for the most part. Hard to know from such a distance.

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