For a while now throughout the pre-draft process, it’s been speculated that Mike Evans will be the second wide receiver off the board following the consensus top pick at the position, Sammy Watkins.
But lately that gap between Evans and the rest of the group seems to be closing a bit as the Draft approaches, so much so that Ed Werder is hearing that one of those fast risers, LSU’s Odell Beckham, could actually be taken ahead of Evans come Thursday in the first round.
Nobody in the NFL will be surprised if LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr picked before Texas A&M’s Mike Evans.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 7, 2014
There is one distinction that could help a team looking for a wide receiver make their final decision, and that’s not only is Beckham considered a dynamic wide receiver, but he can also contribute mightily in the special teams department, which Evans cannot. Evans might have the size advantage on Beckham, however in the end the former LSU star brings just a little more to the table.
Lately there have been some teams that have been rumored to be interested in trading up for a wide receiver other than Watkins, but now it seems that it’s no guarantee that it will be Evans they’re looking to grab, rather it’s Beckham.