Freedman: Mike Evans Will Be in the NFL Hall of Fame
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13).
- You can't make the Hall of Fame while you're still in pads, but Mike Evans has been making his case over the past six seasons.
- Matthew Freedman poses and answers the burning question about Evans' future Hall of Fame chances.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is having himself a season. In Week 9, he led the league with 180 yards receiving, and for the year, he’s No. 1 with seven receiving touchdowns as well as 1,407 air yards and yards after the catch combined (per AirYards.com).
In my Week 10 WR/CB matchups piece, I highlight the upcoming matchup between Evans and Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and say that “we might be seeing two Canton-bound players go at each other in a one-on-one heavyweight matchup.”
Sensing that many people might disagree with me, I decided to post a poll on Twitter.
I believe Evans will be in the NFL Hall of Fame someday, and in this piece I hit on a few of the reasons for my position.
Mike Evans Entered the NFL with an Elite Profile
Not all elite prospects turn into Hall-of-Famers, but given Evans’ draft capital, physical profile and college production, it’s reasonable to say that what he’s done in the NFL hasn’t been a random fluke.
He was selected No. 7 overall in the 2014 draft at the age of 20. At the combine, he measured in at 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds and ran an impressive 4.53-second 40-yard dash. In his final college season, he had a nice 69 receptions for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games as a redshirt sophomore.
Evans was a big-time NFL prospect. It’s not at all random that he’s become a big-time NFL player.