Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Manziel Not Only Intriguing Aggie

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Manziel Not Only Intriguing Aggie

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Byline: Ryan O'Halloran

Aside from the Alex Mack/Offer Sheet/Jaguars/Cleveland talk last week, the following Tweet caused the most consternation and anger from readers.

"@ryanohalloran Apr 10

On a related note, asked source about #Jaguars at No. 3.

Them: 'The Texas A&M kid.'

Me: 'Evans?'

Them: 'No - Matthews.'"

Evans is former Aggies receiver Mike Evans, the consensus No. 2 player at his position behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

Matthews is former Aggies left tackle Jake Matthews, who will be the first or second offensive lineman drafted next month.

Jaguars fans reacted angrily but what's the rub?

They're interested in only one A&M player: Quarterback Johnny Manziel.

They don't want the team to use a first-round pick on a tackle for the second consecutive year.

And if they're going to take a receiver, they want Watkins.

But when examining the draft, Matthews or Evans could be the Jaguars' pick if general manager Dave Caldwell is able to find a trade partner.

The Jaguars wouldn't mind moving out of the third spot to add to their satchel of 11 picks, but they probably want to stay in the top 10.

Enter Evans. The Jaguars' need at this position is obvious.

Evans is still only 20 years old, making him one of the draft's youngest players. In two years with A&M, he started all 25 games he played and had 147 catches for 2,427 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Evans' detractors say he had a lot of his production after the play broke down and Manziel created more time. But Evans is confident in his ability no matter who is throwing him the football.

"There are a lot of great receivers in this draft, don't get me wrong," he said at the Scouting Combine in February. "But I feel I'm the best one."

The source, meanwhile, reasoned that Matthews is more prepared than Auburn left tackle Greg Robinson because of his experience (46 starts compared with 25) and the blocking scheme (more pro-style). …

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