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Name: Rashaan Evans 
College: Alabama     Number: 32
Height: 6-2   Weight: 232
Position: OLB  Pos2: ILB  Class/Draft Year: Sr/2018
40 Low: 4.63
  40 Time: 4.73
   40 High: 4.83

Projected Round: 1      Stock: 
Rated number 4 out of 148 OLB's     27 / 2197 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6017
Weight: 232

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Dates: 03/07/18 03/28/18
Hand: 10  Arm: 32 1/4
Wingspan: 77 1/4

Height: 6017
Weight: 232

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 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 2ndC...2016: NAC...2015: NAC
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  Rashaan Evans
Alabama Crimson Tide
Outside Linebacker
6-2, 232, 4.73 #32
Auburn, Alabama
Auburn High School
Born 11-7-1996


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  12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama,...Senior center Bradley Bozeman was named to the second-team offense while senior defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, junior defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne, senior linebacker Rashaan Evans and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison were second-team picks on defense. One of the leaders of the Tide defense, Evans ranks third on the team in tackles with 57 stops, leads the Tide with 10.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with seven. The Auburn, Ala., native ranks second on the team in sacks with five and has added two pass breakups, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery despite missing two games due to injury this season. - Alabama Football

 Overview

  Evans took the path less traveled when he left Auburn for Tuscaloosa, and he wasted no time proving that his decision was the right one. As a freshman and a sophomore, his experience rushing from the edge earned some snaps in passing situations, on top of his contributions as a special teams and kick coverage ace.

By his junior year, Evans had moved inside, where he’d find success despite playing behind a bevy of future NFLers on the Alabama roster. After totaling 53 tackles, four sacks, a forced fumble and a recovery, the part-time starter was primed for a breakout senior season, and he didn’t disappoint.

In 2017, Evans embraced his newfound stardom, and was selected as one of the Tide’s permanent team captains. His 74 tackles, including 13 for a loss, were both team highs, despite missing two games with groin injury, and his accomplishments on and off the field helped him pick up AFCA First-Team All-America honors, AP All-SEC first-team honors, and second-team All-SEC honors as voted on by the league’s coaches. And while it may not have made headlines outside the state, the 2017 National Champion also picked up the Alabama Media Good Guy Award, annually given to the player who attends interviews on a regular basis, approaches them with a good attitude and provides thoughtful answers when in front of reporters or a camera.

BACKGROUND
Growing up in Auburn, Alabama doesn’t lead to a lot of Crimson Tide signees, especially when your father was Bo Jackson’s backup, but Evans forged his own path and eschewed his hometown Tigers in favor of playing for Nick Saban. Most of his high school career was spent with his hand in the dirt rushing the passer as an end, but the transition to standing and playing linebacker was a smooth one.


 Analysis

  Strengths
Played defensive end in high school and it shows. He can rush the passer from the inside, outside, or even from a three-point stance. Has unheard of violence when tackling. Explodes into ball-carriers and lays them out leaving no room for yards after contact. Wraps up well and has a genuine passion for inflicting pain. Very disciplined in his assignments against the run and scans the line and backfield well to find the ball-carrier. Can move very well sideline-to-sideline, and shows better range than his 40 time would suggest. Diagnoses quickly and accurately and wades through traffic to find and impact the ball without wasted movement or hesitation. Has quick, tight feet and does not overrun backs or passers. Can reach the flats to defend short passes and stretch runs. Ferociously takes on blockers, jars them initially, and sheds in time to make the play. Maintains excellent leverage when engaging, gets under the blocker, and knocks them off balance while keeping his feet moving so that he doesn’t sacrifice ability to get to the football. Was a leader on an Alabama defense that dominated at times during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Vocal, heady player with a football background in his family - dad was a running back at Auburn. Does a nice job staying agile and fleet-footed when asked to drop in coverage and can run with backs and tight ends. Gets his hands on route runners early to keep them from reaching the seam unencumbered. — Hunter Ansley 2/2/2018

Weaknesses
Can get myopic and will miss his gap assignment due to aggressiveness. Can get lost in zone coverage if passer is given a clean pocket and has time. Will drift into no-man’s land at times and is clearly more comfortable playing downhill against the run. Does not open hips well to run with speedier backs and receivers and will allow separation if he can’t get his hands on them to redirect their routes early. Occasionally gets caught leaning back on heels and struggles to move laterally on late-developing plays. Has enough speed, but certainly not a track star and straight line speed isn’t going to threaten any sprinters. Doesn’t posess the agility to man the middle of a 4-3 on his own. — Hunter Ansley 2/2/2018

Compares to: Demario Davis, New York Jets — Davis wasn’t as highly thought of coming out due in part to his lower level of competition, but both players are fierce run defenders who level running backs with devastation and know how to use their strength and diagnostic skills to make plays consistently. Like Davis, Evans will likely find a happier home on the inside of a 3-4 defense, but his ceiling is higher and his time contributing as a leader in Nick Saban’s defense will accelerate his acclimation to the NFL.

In our view: Roquan Smith and Tremaine Evans have the kind of speed and movement skills at the linebacker position to hear their names called in the draft’s first 15 picks, but Evans isn’t as far off as some might think. He’s more football player than elite athlete, but he diagnoses well, is suffocating against the run, and tackles as well as any defender in this class. He’s not the fluid, do-it-all coverage guy that some of his classmates are, but he’ll likely hear his name called in Round 1 by a team looking for a thumper in the middle who can quickly disseminate information and operate as a front-seven’s quarterback.


 2017 Season

  Versatile athlete who can play in the middle or come off the edge for the Tide ... collected 66 tackles to rank second on the team, and leads the Tide with 11.5 tackles for loss (-52 yards) despite missing a pair of games due to injury ...
Contributed seven quarterback hurries to tie for the team lead ... totaled six sacks (-41 yards) to rank second on the team in that category ... added three pass breakups, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery ...honored as a First Team All-American by the AFCA

Earned First Team All-SEC from the Associated Press and was named to the All-SEC second team by the conference coaches ... chosen as one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award ... tabbed to the Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch Lists ... selected as a Second Team Preseason All-American by Phil Steele ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his play against Arkansas, LSU and Clemson. Florida State: Made the start against the Seminoles, but saw limited playing time after suffering a groin injury before halftime ... finished with five tackles, including half a stop for a loss, and one pass breakup
Injured himself on a blocked field goal that he returned 29 yards to close out the first half. Vanderbilt: Returned from a groin injury to make the start against the Commodores ... totaled one tackle in limited playing time, entering for the Tide’s base package ... helped UA limit VU to only 78 yards of offense. Ole Miss: Recorded three tackles against the Rebels while adding one quarterback hurry ... played a key role in limiting the high-powered Rebel offense to 253 total yards, well below their season average entering the game. Texas A&M: Collected a season-high tying five tackles ... recovered a fumble for the Tide at midfield to stall the A&M drive ... helped limit the Aggies to only 308 yards of total offense, 140 yards below their season average. Arkansas: Put together a career night against the Razorbacks

Totaled six tackles, including a career-high 3.5 for a loss (-22 yards), while contributing two sacks (-20 yards) to tie his previous career mark ... matched his career-high total with a pair of quarterback hurries and forced his first fumble of the season ... earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Tide coaches for his efforts against the Hogs. Tennessee: Matched his season-high mark for tackles with six stops against the Volunteers ... added two tackles for loss (-8 yards), including a sack (-7 yards) and pressured the quarterback twice ... his play on defense was key in helping the Tide hold the Vols to no offensive touchdowns and only 108 yards of total offense. LSU: Set a new season-high for tackles with 10 stops to pace the Tide against the Tigers ... added one sack (-1 yard), his fourth over the last three games... captained the UA defense following the loss of Shaun Dion Hamilton

Earned defensive player of the week recognition from the Alabama coaches for his performance. Mississippi State: Had another monster game, tying for second on the team in tackles with nine ... added a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss (-14 yards) and contributed to the Tide’s lone sack of the night (-10 yards) ... also collected one quarterback pressure against the Bulldogs. Mercer: Made three tackles against the Bears with a pass breakup ... helped the Tide defense limit MU to only 161 yards of total offense on the day. Auburn: Ranked second of the Tide defense with nine tackles, including one for loss (-4 yards) ... added a quarterback pressure to his game totals in the Iron Bowl. Clemson: Paced the Crimson Tide with a team-high nine tackles ... contributed one sack (-3 yards) and a pass breakup against the Tigers ... helped in limiting the high-powered Clemson offense to only 188 yards and no touchdowns ... tabbed one of the Tide coaching staff’s defensive players of the week for his play in the CFP Semifinal matchup.


 2016 Season

  Made the move to the inside during the fall after spending the previous two seasons on the outside ... totaled 53 tackles with four sacks (-16 yards), 4.5 tackles for loss (-17 yards), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... added six quarterback hurries and two pass breakups to his season totals

Named one of the UA coaches’ special teams players of the week for his performance at Arkansas. USC: Was limited in practice during game week, forcing him into a limited role ... still managed to finish with a career-high four unassisted tackles by night’s end. Western Kentucky: Entered after the first quarter and finished with three total tackles against the Hilltoppers ... helped limit the WKU ground attack to only 23 yards.

Ole Miss: Finished with a pair of tackles against the Rebels ... played significant minutes at middle linebacker following the loss of Reuben Foster for the majority of the second half. Kentucky: Set a career high for tackles with five stops against the Wildcats, registering one sack (-3 yards) in the process ... pressured the quarterback once and forced the first fumble of his career ... the fumble was recovered by Ronnie Harrison and returned 55 yards for Alabama’s second touchdown of the evening.

Arkansas: Totaled a career-high seven tackles with half a sack (-2 yards) against the Razorbacks ... added a pair of quarterback pressures to help the Tide defense collect a season-high 12 quarterback hurries by game’s end. Tennessee: Finished with two tackles against the Volunteers ... helped limit the high-powered UT offense to only 163 total yards. Texas A&M: Made one stop from his inside linebacker spot ... played a key role in helping to limit the Aggie offense to 278 total yards.

LSU: Collected one tackle, sacking the Tiger quarterback for a loss of one yard to force a punt on the second offensive drive of the day ... saw significant playing time and helped limit the Tigers to only 125 yards of total offense. Mississippi State: Tied for the team lead with six tackles against the Bulldogs ... added his first career pass breakup while totaling a career-high tying two quarterback hurries ... his pressure helped limit the MSU quarterback to a 61.15 quarterback rating. Chattanooga: Pressured the quarterback once while adding one tackle against the Mocs ... also recovered his first fumble of the season, falling on top of the ball after it came out of the Chattanooga quarterback’s hands.

Auburn: Did not record any stats in the Iron Bowl ... helped on a defensive unit that limited the Tigers to 182 yards of total offense, including 66 yards rushing. Florida: Came off the bench to play a key role on the Alabama defense following the loss of Shaun Dion Hamilton ... totaled three tackles on the day, including half a tackle for loss (-1 yard) ... leapt into the air to meet the Gator running back head on for his first tackle of the game, helping the Tide maintain its goal line stand and force a UF turnover on downs. Washington: Made his first career start, filling in for the injured Shaun Dion Hamilton ... matched his career high for tackles with seven stops against the Huskies ... registered one sack (-7 yards) while helping to limit the UW offense to only 194 total yards. Clemson: Set a career-high mark for tackles with 11 stops to rank second on the team ... made six solo tackles with five assisted ... added half a sack (-3 yards).


 2015 Season

  Made 10 tackles in his second season after notching 15 stops in 13 games as a true freshman. Wisconsin: Entered as a linebacker late in the game while also serving on special teams ... did not record any statistics. Middle Tennessee: Saw action on defense and special teams, but did not post any stats by game’s end. ULM: Recorded his first tackle of the season, a sack that pushed the Warhawks back nine yards ... his sack was one of the Tide’s season-high six in the game.
Georgia: Came off the bench on defense while also seeing time on special teams, but did not record any stats. Arkansas: Collected his second sack of the season (-5 yards) to go with his two total tackles ...more than 250 yards below their season average entering the night. Texas A&M: Provided depth at linebacker but did not record any tackles. Tennessee: Recorded two quarterback hurries coming off the bench in passing downs ... played a key role in an Alabama pass rush that recorded five total sacks and eight quarterback hurries by day’s end.

LSU: Saw time against the Tigers but did not record any stats. Mississippi State: Notched one tackle against the Bulldogs. Charleston Southern: Played against the Bucs but did not record any stats. Auburn: Finished with two tackles in the win over the Tigers ... helped limit the AU offense to only 260 yards on offense. Florida: Notched one tackle in a reserve role against the Gators. Michigan State: Saw action against the Spartans but did not record any stats. Clemson: Produced the best game of his career, finishing with both of the Crimson Tide’s sacks on the night for a loss of -14 yards ... totaled three tackles in the victory over the Tigers to set career-high marks for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks.


 2014 Season

  An outstanding athlete who excelled on special teams while working his way onto the field at outside linebacker in pass rushing situations ... played in 13 games ... recorded 15 tackles on the season with two tackles for loss (-11 yards), one sack (-10 yards) and three quarterback hurries ... tied for the team lead in special teams tackles with 12 ... recorded a solo tackle on his first career kickoff coverage ... earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the Alabama coaching staff following the Southern Miss and Mississippi State games. West Virginia: Notched one solo tackle on kickoff coverage. FAU: Registered two unassisted tackles ... had first career sack for a 10-yard loss ... recorded first quarterback hurry. Southern Miss: Named the Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts against Southern Miss ... finished with two solo stops. Florida: Recorded one tackle off the bench at outside linebacker against the Gators.

Texas A&M: Registered one tackle and helped limit the SEC’s top-ranked offense to just 172 yards. Tennessee: Made one solo tackle on special teams in Knoxville. Mississippi State: Led the team with three special teams tackles to earn Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the coaching staff. Western Carolina: Made two tackles with one on kickoff coverage and one behind the line of scrimmage on defense. Auburn: Came off the bench late to provide a pass-rushing spark, tallying one quarterback hurry. Missouri: Made two special teams tackles and recorded a quarterback hurry ... both solo stops in the Tide’s SEC Championship Game victory over the Tigers.


 High School

  One of the top outside linebackers in the class of 2014 and a five-star prospect out of Auburn High School … Parade All-American … second team MaxPreps All-American … selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America Game … No. 11 in the final 247Sports Top 247 as well as the site’s No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 2 player in Alabama … No. 15 nationally in the 247Sports Composite rankings while also rating as the No. 1 OLB and No. 2 player in the state … No. 9 in the final Scout300 and the No. 1 outside linebacker … 14th in the Rivals100, the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 3 player in Alabama

Rated 52nd in the ESPN300 and the No. 2 outside linebacker nationally … ESPN listed him as the No. 4 player in the state and No. 30 player in the Southeast Region … four-star member of the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team … ranked 184th-ranked player in the class of 2014 by PrepStar… No. 1 on the final 2014 AL.com A-List … named first team 6A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior in 2013 and named the ASWA 6A Lineman of the Year … selected to the AL.com 2013 Super All-State Team … finished with 77 tackles including 43 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks as a senior, while adding five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery … played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game … first team ASWA 6A All-State selection as a junior in 2012 … played for head coach Tim Carter at Auburn High School … chose Alabama over Auburn and UCLA.


 
 Draft Scout Player News
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama,...Senior center Bradley Bozeman was named to the second-team offense while senior defensive lineman Da'Shawn Hand, junior defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne, senior linebacker Rashaan Evans and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison were second-team picks on defense. One of the leaders of the Tide defense, Evans ranks third on the team in tackles with 57 stops, leads the Tide with 10.5 tackles for loss and is tied for the team lead in quarterback hurries with seven. The Auburn, Ala., native ranks second on the team in sacks with five and has added two pass breakups, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery despite missing two games due to injury this season. - Alabama Football

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