This will be the first in a daily installment that takes an in-depth look at some players that the Panthers should consider drafting. The Panthers biggest areas of need this offseason are offensive line, wide receiver, and defensive back. We will start this segment off with a look at Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans. He is likely to go into the top 15, so he is well out of reach of the Panthers’ 28th pick. I would still love to see him in Charlotte catching bombs from Cam Newton and developing under receivers coach Ricky Proehl.
Listed at 6’5″ and 225 pounds, Evans is a huge target especially in the red zone. The Panthers do not have an elite target for the red zone and that hampered them in their final two regular season games as well as their playoff game against the 49ers. Not many wide receivers are built this big. Couple that with his 4.4 speed and he is a talent with limitless potential.
The production is their as well. Evans sat out his freshman year, but returned in 2012 to the tune of 82 receptions for 1,105 yards, and 5 touchdowns. His longest reception was 75 yards. He followed that first season with an even more remarkable sophomore campaign. Evans had 69 catches for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. That is an average of 20.2 yards a catch! He even had a 95 yard reception. His 2013 season earned him first team All America honors.
Evans has the strength to fight through arm tackles and the speed to get behind the secondary. It is highly unlikely that Evans slips to the Panthers, but imagine him alongside Steve Smith with Cam Newton slinging lasers. He would be a contributor right away for the Panthers. Below is a video of highlights from his All-American season. Enjoy.