Jets select WR Shaquelle Evans

NFL: CombineWith the No. 115 pick in the NFL Draft, the Jets selected wide receiver Shaquelle Evans out of UCLA.

Evans comes in at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds. He was an All-Pac 12 honorable mention in 2012 and 2013. Evans led the team in receptions during those two seasons with 60 in 2012 and 47 in 2013 and finished his career tied for 10th all-time on the school’s list of receptions with a total of 126. He was suspended for one game during the 2011 season after he participated in a fight against Arizona.

Evans transferred to UCLA in 2010 after he played for Notre Dame for one season.

Scouts have said that Evans has good size, but has average body control. CBSSports.com’s draft profile projected him as a third or fourth round selection.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Evans is another fast receiver with kick return abilities, as the Jets have now selected pass catchers with three of their first five picks. To an extent, there is some overlap between this pick and the Jalen Saunders pick earlier in this round, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Doubling up on draft picks is an interesting approach to the “too many picks, not enough roster spots” quandary. It’s something I first noticed the 49ers doing back in 2005. It gives you two chances to fill a position and you can pit the two players against one another in camp with the hope that whoever wins can fill that role. However, with his superior size, Evans does bring something different to the table and has more chance of developing into a conventional starting receiver. We therefore shouldn’t be ruling out both players finding a niche and contributing in the years to come.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

After nabbing a the mighty mite Jalen Saunders at the top of the fourth round, the Jets dipped back into the receiver pool and took the muscular and rangy Shaq Evans. For a large receiver, Evans takes long strides and can accelerate quickly to roll past defensive backs even when they are playing off-man coverage.

He’s a proficient route runner and he can beat press coverage with either his quickness as well as his upper body strength. Evans relishes getting physical with defensive backs and has a good target size to adjust to errant passes.

Where Evans struggles are in his pass-catching. He won’t be able to create regular separation at the NFL and so he’ll need to rely more on his physicality and he doesn’t have the best vision, anticipation and he can fight the football at times and has had some focus drops during his time in the NCAA.

With his size, speed and physical gifts Evans seems like a player who might take some time to develop as an NFL receiver, but given a year or two in an NFL offense if he can attack the mental aspect of the game he could be a productive player.

Overall the Jets have done a good job in layering pieces to this offense through free agency and the draft. There’s no Sammy Watkins level talent, but many competent pieces that could come together well in the right hands.

As far as WR Stephen Hill? His back is now firmly to the wall. There’s going to be a lot more competition for roster spots than there was for him a year ago. It is going to be up to him to demonstrate to his coaches and front office why there’s still a spot for him on this team moving forward.




152 comments

BOTH NY Jets 4th Round selections could look VERY BAD in 2-3 years.  

2014 is a transition year for NY and they passed up on kids that have huge upside potential for teams that are patient:


WR M. Bryant to Pittsburgh

QB L. Thomas to Arizona

QB T. Savage to Houston


And passing up on WR B. Ellington was a mistake.  He is likely to emerge as a better pro than Saunders who is 35 lbs lighter.    


Jay Vasquez
Jay Vasquez

Preety cool picks this year...hmm..oh ! Simms should be genos back up not vick. (QB)

Mark
Mark

Please pick up Brandon Coleman

jpi22le22
jpi22le22

Can't believe i waited all these weeks for the type of offseason Idzik gave us JET FANS.SMDH.............

jpi22le22
jpi22le22

I'm disappointed in the jets off season . I had a whole different outlook on how it would play out in FA and in the Draft , I thought we could have done waaaaaaaay better than what we have done so far especially with all the cap space we have and all the picks that we could have moved around and got better prospects. I hope I'm wrong but i think this off season is the worst scenario that could have happened

marcus81
marcus81

except for Amaro none of the players taken where even discussed, safety was not brought as a need and was top pick

Hoz
Hoz

New Thread is up.

shami jacob
shami jacob

There are a few good linebackers on the board would not mind drafting one with our next pick

jenkins
jenkins

Fleming is a good pick for patsies- one of the few.

shami jacob
shami jacob

Dakota Dozier | OG, FurmanDozier´s "plus" athleticism and movement skills are extremely impressive for a big man, and may remind some of last year´s seventh overall pick Jonathan Cooper. Dozier´s limited experience against high-level competition and very recent conversion to guard (Shrine Game) certainly differentiate him from Cooper in terms of draft value, but his upside could be massive and it wouldn´t be surprising to see him develop into one of the league´s best, down the road.

dgdg
dgdg

Dakota is a girl's name....

Monty
Monty

brenden had that 

metsfan91
metsfan91

Dakota Dozier is our next pick

jenkins
jenkins

Dozier is a good pick

Monty
Monty

bull dozer!!

a57se
a57se

Effin Detroit! How many DE/OLB projects do they need???


marcus81
marcus81

I would not mind Antonio Richardson T, could better than some of the O line players we took last year or best available LB  in or out

jenkins
jenkins

I wouldn't mind taking Herron, even now. Speed.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Is Seastrunk still on the board?

marcus81
marcus81

Patsies took an RB, should have taken Herron, they still need receivers, I like it that way

bradysucks
bradysucks

Darelle Revis was traded for Sheldon Richardson and Jalen Saunders


Never thought it possible but advantage Jets

Bent
Bent moderator

 Or they could look really good.  In fact you can probably say this for every pick.

jetsfan14
jetsfan14

@marcus81  This is the Idzik philosophy: when BPA matches need, go for it. When there's a discrepancy, go for BPA. It certainly worked with Richardson last year. And I think the fact that no one was talking about safety as a need was a problem in perception. Our secondary was awful last year because our corners and our safeties both stunk. But everyone focused on Milliner's growing pains and Cromartie's lousy year. But the safeties were lousy, too. Antonio Allen showed some promise, but he's a long way from a finished product. We were horrible at creating turnovers last year--and Pryor should help big time on that front.

BenNevis
BenNevis

Sweet. Had Dozier as one of my TJB draft contest picks. Last year, I got no picks right. This year, two (Dozier & Amaro). Dumb luck.

Kevin G Gnappor
Kevin G Gnappor

@dgdg  Girl and boy names are all socially constructed. Who the heck decides these things anyway? I'd say he's more of a badass for being dakota. He's i dgaf type of guy.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@dgdg  Why don't you take a trip up to Cortland in August and let him know?

marcus81
marcus81

@jenkins LB now, don't want to get crowded with late round receivers

Bytor
Bytor

Just looked at Pats picks. Not one player improves that team this year. BB true to form. Of course the media will give them a B+.

bobbyj
bobbyj

No he wasn't. It was reported that even if the Jets didn't have the Revis pick they were still picking Richardson.... It would have been Sheldon up front & Revis on the back...back to realitity

D
D

@Bytor The Rats always get love from the media. 

marcus81
marcus81

@Bytor that DE should help them if he stays healthy, I'm glad they passed on Lee, he could stretch the field

harold
harold

@jenkins

I would prefer Antonio Andrews with a comp pick in 6th or in 7th round.

jenkins
jenkins

@bradysucks @jenkins  People have him going in the 6th, but I might move up or take him in the 5th. 

At this point, you just make sure you get the guy you want. Round doesn't matter.