Mike Evans was Johnny Manziel’s top target at Texas A&M the past two seasons.

Evans also was one of the most dominant major-college wide receivers, snagging 151 catches for 2,499 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He initially was projected as a mid-first round pick in an NFL draft rich with receivers, but he improved his standing even more by running at sub-4.5 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

“Mike Evans has the best hands I’ve seen since Calvin Johnson,” said Gil Brandt of NFL.com, who served as vice president of player personnel executive for the Cowboys from 1960-88.

Johnson was the second overall pick of the Lions in 2007 and is a four-time Pro Bowl performer.

Plenty of teams would love to get their hands on Evans, including the Steelers, who have the 15th overall pick in May’s draft.

He is 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, with a 37-inch vertical jump.

“There are a lot of great receivers in this draft, don’t get me wrong, but I feel I’m the best one,” Evans said.

Evans, the tall receiver the Steelers covet, is ranked second only to Clemson’s Sammy Watkins on many NFL draft boards. But many believe the first-team All-American could be a top-10 pick, thus eliminating the Steelers from the picture.

Although Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown is coming off a career year, the Steelers lost two of their top three receivers from 2013 – Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery - through free agency. Sanders and Cotchery combined for 113 catches, 1,342 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

The Steelers signed veterans Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey in the offseason. They are hoping Markus Wheaton, last year’s third-round pick, can avoid the injuries that limited him as a rookie.

Derek Moye, from Rochester, enters his second year on the roster after catching two passes for 20 yards and a touchdown last season.

Evans said he benefited from playing with the sometimes controversial Manziel, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner who also is projected to be a first-round pick next month.