Has a nice first step and straight-line speed off the edge to threaten the corner. Will use his hands a bit and flashes the shoulder dip. Plays with a high motor and doesn't quite until the whistle blows. Can wrap up at the point of attack and make the stop there.
Undersized and gets pushed around by lineman. Can consistently showcase speed and burst to beat NFL-caliber linemen. Can threaten corner, but gets ridden wide and redirected, preventing him from turning it. Needs to improve his recognition and can get caught out of position vs. the run. Doesn't break down well and tackles a bit high.
Evans flashes some pass rush ability due to a nice first step and good motor, but isn't going to be an impact guy. He's a tweener that is too small to play on the line, but not quite fast or explosive enough to be an ideal option at linebacker. He plays faster than he timed, but not by a huge degree. A JUCO transfer, he had a strong junior campaign in his first year at Kentucky, finishing with 38 tackles, and leading the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He was bothered by a nagging ankle injury throughout his senior year and finished with just 16 tackles, 4 for loss, and 1.5 sacks.
He's good enough to make the conversion to 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's going to be hard-pressed to stick. He's not quite the caliber of pass rusher where he is going to stand out there. Teams will like him because of his motor and toughness, but that alone may not be enough to land him an NFL gig. If he can showcase his skills on special teams, he'll have a chance to land a reserve spot, but doesn't have enough upside on defense to really like his chances of sticking. Since he's not going to have the speed, range, and awareness to be more than average even with development when defending the run and playing in coverage. As a defensive end prospect, he's probably too undersized to be expected to be a factor. He again can impress teams with nice burst and a high motor, but he's a guy that is going to have to put on another 10-15 pounds just to have a chance to impact on regular defense. If Evans can perform on special teams, he can make an NFL roster down the road. But just is too much of a tweener and too limited with his upside to think he can stick beyond a year or so.
Evans is typical of the undersized sort of pass rusher the Falcons bring into camp most summers to try and develop. HIs motor and burst is good enough that he might land a practice squad spot for the Falcons, but it's a longshot. Two years there, and he might have bulked up enough that he would have an outside shot at pushing for a No. 4 roster spot down the road, but again that's a longshot. He's more a guy you have to bolster competition than a serious candidate for a roster spot.
Evans isn't worth drafting, but has a chance to push for time in a camp for either a 3-4 or 4-3 team.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.0
Pass Rush: 3.5
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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