Flood Warning issued September 21 at 8:56PM EDT expiring September 26 at 2:00PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Evans will pair with Vincent Jackson to give Josh McCown a pair of large receivers capable of consistently making contested catches, as he had in Chicago last year.
The Bucs passed on Johnny Manziel to do so.
Evans is a 6'5, 231 lbs. receiver who's eerily similar to Vincent Jackson.
While he isn't the fastest receiver, his stride length allows him to consistently get behind defensive backs, and he uses his big body well to consistently win jump balls. While he's not the explosive, yards-after-catch receiver the Bucs ideally want, he'll be a very productive receiver for them, provide an instant boost to their offense, and could be the future replacement for Vincent Jackson.
The Bucs still need to find an offensive guard in this draft, and they may look to add a quarterback at some point as well. For now, Evans is a pretty good addition to an offense that needs an infusion of talent, though.