NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mike Evans is one of the can’t-miss names being tossed around heading into May’s NFL draft.
But can the Giants or Jets move up high enough to get him?
The talented wide receiver, who is coming off a spectacular sophomore season as Johnny Manziel’s No. 1 target at Texas A&M, spoke to WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday — and he made no bones about what he thinks of his worth.
Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 225 pounds, Evans has the prototypical NFL build, and he claims all the attributes that go with it.
“I think I’m a big, physical receiver, who is a big-play threat as well as a possession receiver. I guess I’d say I got good hands and am the best blocker at the receiver position. And I will do anything it takes to win,” Evans said.
Evans, who said he models his game after Chicago Bears wideout Brandon Marshall and considers Peyton Manning his idol, caught 151 passes for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns, during his two years at A&M. His 2013 season was epic as he registered 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games. Another stat that’s sure to pop out at every player-personnel guy in the NFL is his whopping 20.2 yards-per-catch average.
He said he had few reservations about leaving college early for the NFL.
“It was difficult because, you know, I love Texas A&M, but I think it is just time to go,” Evans said.
Evans raved about playing alongside Manziel, who likely will also go fairly early in the first round on draft day. The two put on a show of sorts on Thursday at A&M’s Pro Day.
“I think it went great. It went just how it was scripted,” Evans said. “Johnny did a lot of drop-backs and roll-outs, moved me around a lot. I played in the slot. I played on the left side. I played primarily on the right in college, but I think it went well. I had a lot of fun out there.”
As far as the draft goes, Evans said he doesn’t have an NFL team in mind, but “anywhere in the top 10 would be great.”
Evans is part of a receiver class that includes Clemson’s Sammy Watkins, USC’s Marqise Lee and Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, but when asked straight out if he considers himself the best receiver in the draft he said, “Yes, I do. Everybody asks me that. I’m friends with lots of those guys and they will say the same (about themselves). I’m telling the truth, though.”
Evans said he met with the Giants during the NFL combine and will meet with the Jets in late April. He said right now if given the choice between the two he’d love to be on the Giants — but only because they currently have the 12th pick in the first round, while the Jets select 18th.
Clearly, this man knows his worth. The higher he goes, the happier he will be, regardless of the name of the city he will soon call home.
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