Photo of Jerod Evans

Combine Results

Grade
5.18 ?
  • 4.80 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 112.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 4.41 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 1/8" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Evans was one of the top five junior college recruits in the country after a 2015 campaign where he averaged 395.5 passing yards a game and threw for 38 touchdowns. He turned down Texas A&M, waiting for just the right offer. Tech was that place, and he started all 14 games in his only season in Blacksburg, completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,546 yards and 29 touchdowns against just eight interceptions. Evans also looked the part of a dual-threat passer with 846 rush yards and 12 scores on the ground. He actually began his career at Air Force in 2013, but suffered a torn ACL and decided to transfer to Trinity Valley instead of sticking it out at the academy. Evans threw to his brother, Lance, quite often in high school. Lance was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick with Texas A&M-Commerce in 2016.

Analysis

Strengths

Burly frame that can absorb punishment and hand it out if necessary. Absolute load bearing pillar workhorse for the Virginia Tech offense this season. Adequate release point to avoid excessive batted balls. A little muscled, but has some heat on his throws. Has arm for deep outs and to challenge safeties. Able to challenge the tight windows without having high number of throws knocked away. Willing to look beyond simple throws and wait for second level targets to uncover. Needs more consistency, but ended up throwing with solid accuracy on deep shots down the sideline. Was third in the conference to Deshaun Watson and Lamar Jackson in completions of 20-plus yards. Mobile with ability to avoid pressure late in the rush. Will extend and continue to look for a shot down the field. Can move the chains with his legs as scrambler and on designed runs. First down-maker on short yardage runs. Has athleticism to operate as a roll-out passer.

Weaknesses

Played in just 14 FBS games. Protected by quarterback-friendly offense with quick-hitters and several pre-determined throws. Mechanics in lower half are very raw and in need of plenty of work. Accuracy issues on simple throws are often tied to his spotty footwork and rushed delivery. Platform at delivery is uneven and inconsistent. Weight transfer comes to abrupt halt in his follow-through. Ball comes out janky. Has a tendency to expedite screen throws rather than keeping his eyes down the field and letting them develop. Will stare down his primary target. Doesn't always pick up safeties after snap and will opportunities to hit free-runners in the seam. Too much hesitation in his decision-making. Brings the gas on short throws that require touch. Deep balls tend to be too flat. Poor ball placement leaving too many throws behind his targets or too far out in front on crossing routes.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

Sources Tell Us

"No idea why he came out early. No idea. He's not even close to being ready and it's a shame because he's one of those players who almost for sure would have gotten better with another year of learning." -- AFC regional scout

NFL Comparison

Kevin Hogan

Bottom Line

Jerod Evans is a projection-based project as a quarterback. Has baseline accuracy and field reading is nowhere near where it needs to be and his mechanics will require extensive work. However, he has good size, is extremely competitive and has enough physical ability as a passer and a scrambler to make him a draft and stash quarterback.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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