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Bucs pass on Manziel, take WR Evans with No. 7 pick

The Bucs have found the big-play receiver they needed, using the No. 7 pick in Thursday's NFL draft to pick Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans.

Evans is a big target (6-foot-5, 231 pounds) with size and speed, having caught 12 touchdown passes as a redshirt sophomore. He topped 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons with the Aggies. In picking Evans, the Bucs passed on a chance to take his quarterback, former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. 

Evans had 69 catches for 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013, after catching 82 for 1,105 yards and five touchdowns during Manziel's Heisman season as a redshirt freshman.

Evans is just the third receiver the Bucs have ever taken in the first round -- Tampa Bay took Michael Clayton in 2004 and Reidel Anthony in 1997, with disappointing results from both.

There were surprises ahead of the Bucs in the top six picks, with Jacksonville taking UCF quarterback Blake Bortles with the third pick, and Buffalo giving up a 2015 first-rounder to move up five spots and take Clemson WR Sammy Watkins with the fourth pick. As expected, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney went first to the Texans, with Auburn tackle Greg Robinson going second to the Rams.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:43pm]


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