With a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine, Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans has skyrocketed to the top of the wishlist for Detroit Lions fans. At least according to a recent poll of the MLive.com audience. Given 10 potential options for the Lions to select with the No. 10 pick in the draft, Evans took home nearly 40 percent of the vote, easily outpacing Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert's 28.5 percent. The Rose (Bowl)-colored glasses appear to be off when it comes to Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard. The Jim Thorpe Award winner was the popular choice in our initial polling back in January, but plummeted to a distant third this go-around. The votes for Evans were nearly equal to those for Gilbert and Dennard combined, indicating the fan base is split over which side of the ball to address. Reader DrivinMrDrowsy writes, "As of this moment (things will happen in coming weeks to impact the top 10) Evans is a pretty easy choice. Immediate contributor, great measurables, good tape, #1 WR potential, fills a huge need and is a solid value for a 10 pick. You don't get this quality if you trade back." Other readers feel like adding another weapon to the NFL's third-ranked passing attack is a waste of the first-round pick. Reader hugaadummy writes, "So the Lions take Evans to make fans happy, and then the Lions AGAIN finish last in the NFC North because their 23rd ranked passing defense cannot stop the QBs of the NFC North or the other teams in the league" Sifting through the comments, it appears many of those against picking a cornerback believe it's difficult to expect immediate contributions from a rookie at the position. Reader hoosierlion75 disagreed, saying the Lions should select Gilbert. "I don't buy the conventional thinking it takes three years for a cornerback to develop," he wrote. "The guy has the physical skills like the ballhawks in Seattle. Besides the draft is deep in WR. We could conceivably get two WRs in the second and third."
After stellar combine performance, Detroit Lions fans have fallen head over heels for WR Mike Evans
Michigan Live | Mar 2