The 2014 NFL Draft is 10 days away and in the next week and a half there is sure to be no shortage of rumors leading up the first round on May 8, and the latest rumor surrounds former Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans who may not slip past the Oakland Raiders at No. 5. According to Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net, the 6-5 receiver is continuing his steady climb up team’s draft boards.
After several conversations the player moving quickest through rnd 1 is Mike Evans/WR/TAMU…Oakland Raiders at #5, maybe a pick earlier…
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 28, 2014
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills who are picking seventh and ninth, respectively, have been linked to Evans in the majority of recent mock drafts, but if those teams are enamored with Johnny Manziel‘s top target for the last two years, they may have to trade into the top three in the event Sammy Watkins goes to the St. Louis Rams at No. 2
Watkins is the consensus top receiver in the draft, so if he’s off the board for the Cleveland Browns or Raiders at four and five, they could pull the trigger on him as the fallback option to Watkins who has been a popular pick to these teams in mock drafts.
Evans had 69 receptions for 1,384 yards and led the SEC with 12 touchdown receptions as a redshirt sophomore in 2013.