RASHAAN EVANS

Alabama
OLB

Prospect Info

College
Alabama
Hometown
Class
Auburn, AL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
234 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

6.10
Should Become Instant Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
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Bench Press
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Vertical Jump
30.0
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Broad Jump
116.0
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3 Cone Drill
6.95
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20 Yd Shuttle
4.36
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Some in Evans' hometown of Auburn, Alabama, did not appreciate his signing with the Tide as a top high school recruit. Those with priorities in the wrong place threatened his family's business and made their lives difficult. Now he's looking to become a star in 2017; in fact, in February Evans tweeted that he would win the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. After sitting behind future pros like Reuben Foster for three years, he was ready to meet that promise. Evans was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2017, starting 12 games, tying for the team lead with 74 tackles, leading the team with 13 tackles for loss, making six sacks, and breaking up three passes. In the team's two playoff games in 2016 (his only starts of the year), Evans made 18 tackles from an inside linebacker position. He had 53 total for the year, including four sacks, six quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble in 14 games. Evans had to bide his time like many highly-recruited players coming to play for Nick Saban. The Parade All-American and five-star prospect actually played significantly as a true freshman on special teams in 13 games (15 tackles, two for loss, sack; team-leading 12 special teams tackles). Evans again mostly played as a special teamer and reserve outside linebacker in 2015, though his two sacks against Clemson in the national championship victory that season put him on scouts' radars.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 1
NFL Comparison
Lawrence Timmons
Overview
Ascending linebacker talent who has the speed to fly around from sideline to sideline and played with an improved feel for the position in 2017. Despite limited playing time over his first few seasons, Evans adapted a "work while you wait" mindset that prepared him to for impressive performances in three consecutive national championship games. Evans is an ideal inside linebacker fit for a blitz-happy 3-4 unit, but he could easily fit as a 4-3 WILL with rush potential on sub-packages. Evans is an early starter with high-end potential if he can stay healthy.
Strengths
  • Build like new breed of NFL linebackers
  • Possesses good length and great speed
  • Premium athlete with plus agility, range and explosiveness
  • Quick to diagnose
  • Works around the trash when scraping
  • Able to pace to the perimeter with the jet sweepers and scat-backs
  • Patient against misdirection and isn't easily baited out of position
  • Deftly side-steps blocks without giving his gap responsibility
  • Has athletic ability to dance from gap to gap and look up shifty running backs
  • Learned from tough guys ahead of him and adapted their demeanor
  • Explosive, wrap-up striker who sees what he hits
  • Plays with pain
  • Sub-package rusher with upfield burst to threaten the edge
  • Can unleash impressive spin counter in either direction
  • Burst as delayed blitzer from inside linebacker spot is too much for most linemen to catch
Weaknesses
  • Just a beat behind in diagnosing
  • Lacks instincts of players who have extended history at the position
  • Can improve leverage in his pursuit
  • Fast flow ahead of blockers can allow for cutbacks
  • Can get wired to climbing blockers
  • Needs to improve his punch-and-separate when taking on blockers
  • Benefitted from playing behind monsters along the defensive line
  • Will wait rather than trigger when downhill shots are available
  • Will need to trust his athletic ability to squeeze routes tighter
  • Nagging groin injury plagued him last season
  • Scouts have some concerns about durability
Sources Tell Us

"He made a lot of progress as an inside backer from last year to this. He was more instinctive and a lot more natural." -- AFC area scout

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league