Is Mike Evans a Fit For The Ravens?


Nov 9, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass and runs for a 75-yard gain against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second half at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won 51-41. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Right the Ravens are in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine and one name that seems to be linked to the team more than any other is Mike Evans of Texas A&M. He even had this comment about playing in Baltimore next season.

"They’re a big physical team, and I’m a big, physical receiver, so I think I’d fit their scheme real well."

Outside of Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown there isn’t really a player that you could pencil in as a big contributor for this offense. This group must perform at a higher level than they did a year ago with the question marks that surround Ray Rice. The running game should be better as well but until that situation gets sorted out, the focus should be on this group.

So where exactly do you put a guy like Evans? On the outside would probably the no brainer answer however, having him play the slot could be just as dangerous. Ideally you need to have your best route runner playing in the slot and that is something that Evans will need to improve on. Evans benefited a lot from the play of Johnny Manziel during his time in College Station, Texas. Joe Flacco isn’t that type of quarterback with his limited mobility.

Playing Brown on the outside and moving Smith to the slot role is the best way to utilize the strengths of the three given that Evans does get selected. If wide receiver is the first position they select with pick 17, Evans and Kelvin Benjamin are most likely the targets as they have a certain style that this team should be look for. Of course I am referring to big, physical receivers. Another option would be Jace Amaro from Texas Tech who can play the slot as well as help with their need at tight end.