Evans vs. Watkins? Chocolate Vs. VanillaMay 1st, 2014
Joe listened to the two-hour Mike Mayock teleconference this afternoon and it was some kind of awesome to get prepped for the draft. Remember how Joe has been pimping Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson in the third round? Mayock said that is where Robinson will get drafted.
Yes, Joe actually does research and puts thought into things.
Anyway, Joe knows Bucs fans have worn out their bartenders with non-stop chatter about either their Sammy Watkins fetish or their lust for Mike Evans. These two receivers, Mayock believes, could be sitting on the board when the Bucs pick at No. 7 next week.
So who would you choose? Well, Mayock went all Baskin-Robbins and basically said it depends what flavor you like.
Q. We might be splitting hairs, but with [Mike] Evans and [Sammy] Watkins, in terms of NFL readiness, how they were used in college, whose college résumé caters to them, making a smoother transition knowing the challenges young receivers face.
Mike Mayock: At wideout, the way I look at those two kids, it’s vanilla and chocolate. They make different flavors for different reasons.
The Watkins kid is explosive. He’s a great route runner, great hands, tremendous run after catch. More than anything, he’s a competitor. In addition to all the natural gifts he has, he has an edge about him every game he plays, and I love that.
Mike Evans is more a product of what today’s NFL environment is. Today’s NFL environment, with the advent of the back shoulder throw, has opened up the game for the big wideouts, the 6-5 wideouts. Why? They basically can play outside the numbers and they don’t have to run as many routes and they don’t have to get in and out of breaks like the smaller ones.
They’re running a bunch of outside the number fade routes that become converted back shoulders. Any time you get a one-on-one with a defensive back with his back turned, you get a big, superior athlete, the odds favor the wide receiver.
Mike Evans I think, along with Kelvin Benjamin, some of these other guys, are what today’s NFL is all about. They’re outside the number guys and red zone guys.
However, I happen to think that Watkins is a better football player and that’s why he’s rated higher.
How about that for analysis? Mayock lasted two hours, 75 questions and a p!ss break fielding questions like that. Had the moderator not shut the teleconference down, Joe thinks Mayock would still be answering questions. Dude is a machine.
Joe was stunned to hear Mayock throw out the possibility that both Watkins and Evans are untouched by the time the Bucs are on the clock. Between Evans, Watkins and Johnny Football? Damn.
Have fun with the dreams.