COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the seventh pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night.
Evans, a redshirt sophomore from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas, was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and consensus All-American in 2013, and he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the top receiver in college football.
Despite playing just one season of high school football, the athletic and physical Evans was a dominant force for the Aggies. Evans broke or matched multiple school records in 2013 including single game receiving yards (twice), single game receiving touchdowns, season receiving yards and season receiving touchdowns.
He took down one of the oldest records in school annals when he exploded for 279 yards against then-top-ranked Alabama, which eclipsed the old mark of 250 yards set by Ken “Dude” McLean against Texas in 1965. A few weeks later, Evans broke the record again with 287 yards against Auburn. He also had four receiving touchdowns against the Tigers, which matched the school record originally set by Ryan Swope against Baylor in 2011.
For the 2013 season, Evans gained a school record 1,394 receiving yards on 69 catches with an impressive 20.2 per catch average. The consummate big-play threat, Evans was the only receiver in FBS with more than 45 catches to average more than 20 yards per catch, and he led the nation with 17 catches of 30+ yards and ranked No. 2 nationally with 28 catches of 20+ yards. He also reeled in 12 touchdown catches, which matched the school record originally set by Jeff Fuller in 2010.
He started all 26 games of his two-year career at Texas A&M. A model of consistency, Evans had at least two catches in every game he played and at least four catches in 25 of 26 contests. He finished with 151 catches (No. 5 in school history) for 2,499 yards (No. 4) and 17 touchdowns (No. 5).