` The NFL Draft is fast approaching, and one of the Ravens' glaring needs comes at wide receiver. Every fan in Baltimore knows that the passing attack this year was well below par, as the team only averaged about 224 passing yards per game. To further stress this second-rate performance, that is a lower rank than Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland. To fix this issue, the Ravens need to draft a guy who can come in, be a down-field threat, and compliment Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown in Gary Kubiak's offense. This guy is Mike Evans of Texas A&M.
Evans had a phenomenal sophomore campaign, being named First-Team All-SEC and a Consensus All-American. He was a big reason why Johnny Manziel was in the running for the Heisman once again, catching 69 passes for 1,394 yards and also hauling in 12 touchdowns. To put the icing on the cake, Evans is a big guy, which is always nice for a wide receiver. At 6 foot 5 and 225 pounds, he is a physical player somewhat reminiscent of Anquan Boldin who almost always has the advantage in jump ball situations. There is no doubt that Evans will be a matchup nightmare for opposing teams when he gets to the NFL, and in Baltimore he could take a lot of attention off of Marlon Brown, Torrey Smith, and possibly Dennis Pitta (if he returns next year). This will make the passing attack far more deadly, and the 224 mentioned earlier very well may go up.
Like any prospect, Mike Evans' potential to help an NFL team comes with some questions as well. In Evans' case, his downside is his speed. Compared to other wide receivers, Evans is neither slow nor fast, but somewhere in the middle. This could be an issue as the defensive backs in NFL are obviously bound to be more athletic and quicker than the ones he faced in college, which may make it harder for him to get open. But then, he did play in the NCAA's top conference in the SEC. Also, he has about 6 inches on most corners. Any way you want to look at it, this question will likely be answered once Evans runs the 40 at the combine in a little more than a week.
With all this in mind, Evans is currently projected to be a mid-first round pick in the draft and is going to the Ravens in many mocks. When Baltimore's turn to pick arrives, I hope Mike Evans' name is called because I certainly can't wait to see him light it up in purple, while the Seven Nation Army chants echo in the background.