Rashaan Evans is the latest first-round linebacking prospect to come out of Alabama, and it seems his stock is only picking up steam as the 2018 NFL Draft nears.
ESPN analyst Greg Cosell broke down Evans’ scouting report Monday, specifically naming the former Crimson Tide star as a potential match for the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 17 overall.
“I think he’s a really interesting player, and I think when you watch him on tape, he’s fascinating because of how he’s used,” Cosell said. “Clearly if you’re talking about him in a base defense, he’s a stack linebacker. He’s a Will-type player because he can play sideline to sideline. He can play inside-out with his speed and range. But the way Nick Saban used him at Alabama was fascinating because he was a pass rusher at times, both on the inside and outside, and he was pretty good at it.”
Mostly used in the Will (weakside linebacker) spot, Evans was also forced to play the Mike (middle) and Sam (strongside) positions at various points during his career. His frame is not particularly special — 6-foot-3, 234 pounds — but his quickness helped him rack up 152 tackles and 15 sacks in Tuscaloosa.
He has the ability to stay on the field in almost every situation, which Cosell said is attractive to pro teams.
“You never know with a rookie, but ultimately, you’re dealing with a guy in Evans who’s a three-down player,” Cosell said. “And I think if you can draft a three-down player at the linebacker position in today’s NFL, then that guy is a really, really valuable player.”
Per AL.com‘s Matt Zenitz, Evans has visited seven NFL teams and will visit three more in the near future: Cincinnati, New Orleans and Buffalo.
The linebacker did some draft analysis himself this past week on WJOX in Birmingham. He praised rising sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, saying, “You can just tell he has an NFL arm.”
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