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
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 nfl.com 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.