In our first edition of Mock Draft Monday (which will be returning next week), I faced Philadelphia Eagles fans with a tough choice. On the board at the 22nd pick, were both Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans. This was a hypothetical situation caused by Evans falling through to 22 one time out of ten, that really got me thinking. If the Eagles had the chance to sure up a position of need like corner for the longterm, but a physical freak like Mike Evans, who is 6’5 and 225 pounds with a sick mix of speed, athleticism, and incredible height, was still on the board, could Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and the Eagles front office resist taking him?
That question may or may not have to be answered in May’s NFL Draft, but what was answered today, is that Evans is an incredible athlete. He and former teammate Johnny Manziel “warmed up” like this, before playing basketball together.
Evans was a basketball player through his first three years of high school, before becoming a blue-chip football prospect in his Senior season of high school (the only year he ever played varsity football), so given that and his height, I guess a few dunks aren’t that surprising. Still seeing these type of hops, make me think of Eli Manning throwing fade routes to Plaxico Burress, which produced a Superbowl title. Having Evans across from DeSean Jackson would be pretty dynamic combination that could help Nick Foles lead the Eagles to a parade float.