WR Mike Evans, six-foot-five and somewhere north of 220...

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WR Mike Evans, six-foot-five and somewhere north of 220 pounds, is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new super-sized corps of pass-catchers already nicknamed the "Dunkaneers." He is adept at fighting off defenders for contested passes and he was drafted seventh overall in May because he's expected to create mismatches with smaller defenders.

Given his stature, one would think that the line of scrimmage would be his domain. Try to press a receiver of his size, who also has the speed to get downfield in a hurry if he slips by, and you're asking for trouble. The problem is, this is the NFL, and even cornerbacks of average size know how to deal with big receivers at the line.

Evans found that out on Saturday when he encountered a worthy opponent in Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner, who checks in at 5-10 and 186 pounds. The rookie from Texas A&M is eagerly working on all aspects of his game to speed his transition to the NFL, and getting off the line against press coverage is one of the most important issues.

Fantasy Impact: 

Rookie WRs always come with risk in fantasy football and we rank Evans 45th. His ADP is the 10th round however, which is higher than a lot of those ranked around him. But that's typical for those who get excited about rookies with Evans' potential. He should be drafted as depth with the potential to progress up your WR depth chart.

Filed Under: 2014, Preseason

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