Eagles hosted Alabama LB Rashaan Evans for pre-draft visit
5 April 2018 DRAFT Eagles News
According to AL.com’s Matt Zenitz, Alabama LB Rashaan Evans visited the Philadelphia Eagles for an official team visit.
The Alabama prospect was a former five-star talent coming out of high school, however, it took some time before the senior linebacker to get a shot to start. Evans basically has one year of starting experience(14 starts) under his belt but has managed to contribute in 53 games. When given the opportunity to start, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound stud definitely shined on the football field.
The University of Alabama is known for its talented linebacker prospects and there is chance Evans could be the next linebacker to go in in the first round for the Crimson Tide. According to most mocks, the draft community believes he has a shot to be on the board at the back end of the first round, down to the top of the second round.
What you like about Evans as a prospect, his physicality and aggressiveness are on full display. Evans also shows fluidity in space and shows the kind of range to play sideline-to-sideline. Although he’ll have to refine his game at the next level, he shows promising raw traits that cant be taught.
THE SKINNY: Looking at the current linebacker situation, the Eagles just paid Nigel Bradham, Jordan Hicks is coming off an injury, and Mychal Kendricks is said to be on the trading block. The Eagles brought in veteran linebackers Corey Nelson and Paul Worrilow to compete as well. Most likely, Corey Nelson will get an opportunity to compete for Kendricks’ spot if the Eagles decide to part ways. Which leaves Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry, and Joe Walker to fill out the back end of the linebacker depth chart.
With all that being said, Evans would give the Birds a talented prospect at LB to mold, while getting cheaper at the position. Evans could easily step in to contribute in his first year and be ready to compete in year one and could be an impact player by year two under Schwartz’s wing.