Evans makes claim as the draft’s No. 1 WR

Evans makes claim as the draft’s No. 1 WR

Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

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by JIM CORBETT / USA Today Sports

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Posted on February 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 7:15 PM

INDIANAPOLIS – As with his ultra-confident former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who said Friday he sometimes plays as if he’s 10-feet tall, receiver Mike Evans has a similarly lofty opinion of himself.

“There’s a lot of great receivers in this draft,’’ Evans said Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Don’t get me wrong. But I feel I’m the best one.’’

Evans was Johnny Football’s big-play wingman, the tall, trusted target typically on the receiving end of a Manziel scramble drill. Michael Jordan had his Scottie Pippen, the Texas A&M superstar quarterback had the 6-5, 231 Evans as his big-play sidekick.

“It was a great experience playing with one of my best friends,’’ Evans said. “He’s a great playmaker, being a part of his success, I love him to death. He throws a great ball and throws it away from the defender where only I can get it.

“Great teammate. I’d go to war with him anytime.’’

The former high school basketball player has used his post-up skills well and has the size, strength and overall game to be a potential first-round draft choice.

Evans has been training since January with Manziel, his quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. and Hall of Fame former receiver James Lofton since January.

“I get a lot of Vincent Jackson comparisons. That’s a great comparison,’’ Evans said of the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former San Diego Chargers 6-5 receiver. “But I think Brandon Marshall. He’s vicious after the catch, big receiver who can go up and get it, catch it real well.

“So I’ve modeled my game after him since high school.’’ So far, eight teams have interviewed Evans, who hopes to post a 4.5-second, 40-yard dash here.

“The Seahawks, the Super Bowl champs were among them,’’ Evans said. “Oh, man. I’m a big Richard Sherman fan. That would be a fun matchup. I’m going to go at him.’’

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