Originally posted by martysofresh: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.
I'm not sure why you highlighted that particular part in my quote - Evans will always be the better jump ball threat and blocker. Evans had a bigger vertical than Cooks at the combine (37" to 36"). This doesn't really matter anyways because the vertical only measures the difference between standing reach and jumping reach. It would be much nicer if rather than just showing the vertical jump, if the standing and jumping reach were widely available because it doesn't always match up the way you would expect (some guys have higher shoulders). Given their height and arm length, Evans' standing reach should be almost a full foot higher than Cooks' and his catch radius is much larger. Reps of 225 on the bench press does not make someone a great blocker - Cooks will probably always struggle here with his short arms, but hopefully he puts in more effort there at the next level.
I'm not sure who the better fit would be against Seattle, but I think Evans is easily the better player and would help the 49ers more overall (they need a slot receiver but if they took Evans, they would move Boldin to the slot). Evans also gives them a deep threat with his jump ball ability and reasonable speed, but would cost more to trade up for. Seattle is built to cover big receivers, but Evans has unique size and will be one of the few players who can consistently beat Sherman in jump balls in my opinion. To beat a CB, you either need to be faster/quicker, smarter (unlikely against Sherman), or bigger/more physical. Evans is one of the few receivers who physically overwhelms Sherman and we saw how aggressive/physical he was going for jump balls at Texas A&M. I saw this comment the other day, but don't understand how anyone who watched Texas A&M play more than once thinks Manziel is the reason Evans was successful. Manziel regularly lobbed passes in Evans' general area (passes that almost any QB could make) and Evans would come down with it against multiple defenders.