Shaquelle Evans, WR/PR, UCLA


Jets, Round 4. Transferred from Notre Dame in 2010. He gets drafted by the same team that had drafted Jalen Saunders a few picks earlier, but I think Evans has a lot more potential in the NFL and on the team. He was my number-10 WR in the draft and Saunders was only my number-39. But it probably won’t really matter in the Jets’ jumble of an offense — especially because Evans was placed on IR with a shoulder injury in August 2014. He should eventually be a starter and potential punt returner.

All-Star Games: Senior Bowl.

Positives: Above-average height and bulk. Adequate hand size. Good speed. Consistently good hands catcher. Lays out for passes and gives good effort. Generally above-average routes, and is quick in and out of his breaks. Good body control and adjusts well in midair to off-target and back-shoulder passes, and is nimble enough to get both feet down on sideline receptions. Fights for yards after the catch. Above-average downfield blocker. Gets upfield fast as a returner. Consistently fields punts fearlessly and reliably in traffic. Adequate track speed for the position, but above-average for his size.

Negatives: below-average upper body strength. Generally below average vertical leap, lower body explosiveness, lateral quickness, and ability to change directions in Combine testing. Looks like he has a hard time fighting off physical cornerbacks. Suspect balance making cuts with the ball. Never saw a punt he didn’t want to return. Sometimes runs backwards after fielding to try to break a big return. Or he will try to field the ball looking into the sun. Below-average ball security and holds the ball too loosely on returns.

Projection: Expect WR4 numbers in 2015, with WR3 being his eventual ceiling on this team.

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