Darrynton Evans

Appalachian State
RB12

Prospect Info

College
Appalachian State
Hometown
Class
Oak Hill, FL
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 10"
203 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

6.18
Good backup who could become starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.41
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
37.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
125.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Like many Appalachian State players before him, Evans has outplayed his two-star recruiting ranking. He was named Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 after ranking in the top 10 nationally with 1,480 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 255 carries (5.8 per). He also caught 21 passes for 198 yards and five scores in 14 starts. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the SBC Championship Game and New Orleans Bowl. Evans was a first-team all-conference pick as a sophomore, as well, starting eight of 13 games played and racking up 1,187 rushing yards (179 carries, 6.6 per, seven TDs; also 12-87-7.2, one TD receiving). The Oak Hill, Florida, native contributed on offense as a freshman (48-217-4.5) and then had to redshirt the 2017 season due to a knee injury. Evans was a strong kickoff returner during his career (56-1,439-25.7 in three years), housing one return for a touchdown each season.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
Ronald Jones
Overview
Slashing outside-zone runner with glide in his stride and ability to run with elusiveness and creativity. Evans is a little undersized and might be viewed as a change-of-pace option, but he appears to have the three-down skill set to handle committee carries. He can run with patience, but has the loose hips and agile feet to plant-and-go in a hurry. He sees the field and does a nice job of setting up and eluding tacklers with lateral cuts or stacked moves. While he's confident in space, Evans lacks the commitment and finishing force to make a living inside the tackles. His third-down and kick-return versatility increases the likelihood that Evans will hear his name called in the middle rounds with a chance to become a solid RB2.
Strengths
  • Grabbed larger chunks of production pie in both 2018 and 2019
  • Has talent as one-cut back in outside zone
  • Runs low and smooth with plus change of direction quickness
  • Rare ball security with no fumbles in 482 carries
  • Hips are fluid and loose for short-area swivel
  • Takes away tackle angles once he's past second level
  • Patient runner who sets up open-field tacklers, leaving their feet in mud
  • Sneaky leak out on screens with quick run after the catch
  • Proven effective as kick returner
  • Aggressive lead shoulder on blitz pickup and chip blocks
Weaknesses
  • Lacking determination as inside runner
  • Decelerates and tucks into interior contact
  • Needs better recognition to find cutbacks
  • A little inconsistent navigating run lanes at times
  • Elusive but not a strong tackle breaker
  • Needs to speed up his process as route runner
  • Smallish for blitz take-on duties and could give way
Sources Tell Us

"This is a deep draft for running backs. He's one of those guys you can fall in love with and just hold tight to take running back until it's time to take him." -- Personnel executive for NFC team
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league