Originally posted by eastcoast49ersfan:Honestly, I think Evans would be an incredible deep threat for us even though he doesn't have elite speed. You can send him down the field and there are very few CB's in the league who could cover him without help over the top. He made Manziel look really good by just out jumping the defense and coming up with almost every contested ball in college. He'd also be unbelievable in the red zone with his height, arm length, vertical, and ability to high point the ball. Evans will be a better red zone threat than anyone currently on our roster and that can make a difference as we've seen the past 2 seasons.
Cooks is faster, but Evans' jump ball ability makes him almost as big of a downfield threat and a much better red zone threat. He's also a much better blocker which matters in this offense.
If somehow both of these guys were available at 30 or we traded up and got a choice, I would take Evans and pick up a slot receiver and/or returner later. Cooks fills a bigger need (slot receiver), but I wouldn't draft strictly for need in the first round.
Cooks has a better vertical and bench press than Evans and I feel like he'll become a better blocker overtime , And while it would make sense to say that Evans may match-up better vs. Seattle, i've found tht that isn't necessarily true. Cooks(5'10) is very close in size to T.Y Hilton(5'9). When the colts played Seattle, Hilton gashed them for 5 catches on 6 targets for 140yrds and 2TDs. Steve Smith had 6 catches for 51yd and a TD, Chris Givens had 4 catches for 59yrds, Kendall Wright had 5 catches for 69yrds so I mean, its not exactly a size thing.
I feel that at some point, we're gonna have to realize that having a receiver that can get a big gain for a 30-40yrd TD is just as good as having a RZ WR tht can score from 10yrds out. If we never make it to the redzone bcuz we're scoring from so far out on big plays, then I mean, 7 points is 7 points. When our receivers becomes better threats, maybe we wont have such a problem running the ball in the RZ.
It also has to do with the routes being put together too though. I would take Cooks over Evans if we were talking about for the sake of picking a player, but because its clear that the Niners don't know how to utilize quick players(LMJ, KW, Hunter), their strengths would be wasted.