Nov 23, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Damarious Randall (3) tries to tackle UCLA Bruins wide receiver Shaquelle Evans (1) but he cannot stop him from crossing the goal line during the second half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Shaq Evans: New York Jets Mid-Round Draft Pick Profile

During the 2014 NFL draft, one of the positions the Jets were in dire need of was the wide receiver position. The Jets drafted several, although they weren’t all names that we expected to hear about at Radio City Music Hall last weekend. One of those names is this today’s spotlight. His name is Shaq Evans, WR from UCLA.

Here are his college stats to get us started:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2009 Notre Dame Ind SR WR 6 7 61 8.7 0 7 61 8.7 0
*2011 UCLA Pac-12 SR WR 13 19 309 16.3 2 0 0 0 19 309 16.3 2
*2012 UCLA Pac-12 SR WR 14 60 877 14.6 3 2 6 3.0 0 62 883 14.2 3
*2013 UCLA Pac-12 SR WR 13 47 709 15.1 9 47 709 15.1 9
Career Overall 133 1956 14.7 14 2 6 3.0 0 135 1962 14.5 14
Notre Dame 7 61 8.7 0 7 61 8.7 0
UCLA 126 1895 15.0 14 2 6 3.0 0 128 1901 14.9 14

A two-time honorable mention as an All Pac-10 player, ran the 40 yard dash at the combine in 4.51 seconds. He measures in at 6’1″, 213 pounds.

Evans stats show a guy that came on late in his career after transferring from Notre Dame. They weren’t number one stats, but stats that could find their way into the boxscore of a number two wide receiver, if you believe in that sort of thing.

Here is some video on the player, followed by his thoughts:

STRENGTHS Good size. Good enough hands — catches balls that he should and makes hard catches look easy, yet drops easy catches. Extends outside his frame for the ball and can pluck it. Competes in a crowd and can make contested catches.
WEAKNESSES Average production. Lacks top-end burst, acceleration and long speed. Does not threaten the field vertically. Soft-tempered blocker. Displays little creativity after the catch. Struggles to shake tight man coverage and create separation.
BOTTOM LINE Good-sized, sure-handed possession receiver with the toughness to work through the middle and catch in a crowd. Can make a living as a zone-beating, move-the-chains target.

From the tape, Evans definitely seems to be more of a possession receiver than a deep threat. Certainly, any weapons the Jets could obtain for their offense are better than none, but is a possession wide receiver a guy that the Jets need to that same level? This I am not so sure, but we will know soon enough.

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  • Paul Newbold

    He’s an example of how I think the Jets missed the boat in this draft. They did well in the first two rounds, picking Pryor and Amaro, but then seemingly lost the game plan for the mid rounds! First McDougal, who is small for a corner, has huge durability questions and as far as I can tell won’t be able to fix the hole at corner. Then Saunders n the fourth, picking up a possession receiver, when they desperately needed a field stretching deep threat. The one stat you can’t ignore with this guy is the TD stat! The Jets need TD’s and this kid produced how many in college? Puzzled about this pick as well. The Jets two biggest need going into the draft by most analysts was a top tier corner and a top tier receiver, I don’t see where they met either need.

    • Raymond Harris jr

      Mcdougle is not small for a cb he is 511 198 that’s a good size Saunders is a cheap version of DJax n Evans is a cheap version of Macklin I will take that.

      • Paul Newbold

        The new breed of NFL receiver is big, physical and fast. McDougal has very little experience playing man coverage, coming form a zone set. He’s endured a number of injuries, including the shoulder surgery for which he went through surgery. His injuries occurred while tackling college athletes. The pros bring bigger more physical receivers, bigger hits, so you have to question his durability. He’s more of a slot/nickel corner, which the Jets already have in Wilson. The pick makes no sense since the need was for a replacement for Cromartie. Unless you believe Patterson will somehow miraculously get healthy and play a complete season on the outside. He hasn’t been able to that through most of his career. Cheap is the key phrase when it comes to the receivers, they chose to wait to fourth round, they got what they got. The Jets desperately needed a legitimate deep threat, without one Decker and Amaro will be playing in a crowd on every snap. Neither of these receivers offer anything close to a deep threat. One is a possession type guy, the other is projected in the slot at the next level. The competition will be interesting, but the Jets didn’t help the receiving corp all that much via this draft.

        • Raymond Harris jr

          Mcdougle will be fine he has the best def coach to teach him. N our WR will be fine give them a chance. Seattle didn’t have big time WR besides Tate n he is only 511 Harvin was hurt most of the year. We r a lot better then last year in that depart.

          • Paul Newbold

            Glad you told me this draft class is sooo good,,,,now I can sit back and relax! LOL