FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The pick: Shaq Evans, wide receiver, UCLA.
My take: Do you think the Jets are sending a message to Stephen Hill or what? They drafted back-to-back wide receivers with Evans and Jalen Saunders, creating a crowded depth chart. As GM John Idzik likes to say, it'll create good competition.
Evans enjoyed a solid, if not stellar college career, starting out at Notre Dame. He transferred because he wasn't happy with his playing time and he wanted to be closer to his home, Inglewood, Calif. He caught 47 passes for 709 yards last season (a 15.1 average) and nine touchdowns. At 6-foot-1, 213 pounds, he has good size for the position. Evans was a vertical threat at UCLA, recording eight scoring receptions of at least 20 yards. He doesn't have great speed (a 4.51 in the 40), so he might have trouble separating on the NFL level. He'll have to contribute on special teams, but he doesn't have much experience as a returner.
Four! The Jets must consider the fourth round the sweet spot for wide receivers. The question is, is it too much too late? ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Evans never will be more than a No. 4 receiver. Of course, a lot of people said that about Jerricho Cotchery in 2004, and he's had a nice career.