The Tennessee Titans selected Rashaan Evans with the 22nd-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s all you need to know about Evans, including our grade.
Another solid defensive prospect courtesy of the Crimson Tide. Evans spent four seasons with Nick Saban’s club but was limited to a combined 17 games during his first two years with the program. Of course, learning behind standouts such as Reuben Foster roamed the field proved to be a positive experience for the 6-foot-3, 234-pound native of Auburn, Alabama.
Evans played in 13 games as a junior and a season ago was available for 12 contests. He finished the latter with 74 tackles (13 stops for losses), six sacks and three passes defensed. Evans has the quickness to make a difference as an inside pass-rushing threat. In each of the past three seasons, the talented prospect totaled four or more sacks.
From 2010-17, the University of Alabama had 21 players selected in the first round. A dozen of those came on the defensive side of the ball and includes linebackers Rolando McClain, Dont’a Hightower, C.J. Mosley and Reuben Foster. While it’s certainly a talented foursome but with mixed results in terms of health and availability.
As for Evans, there seem to be some question marks when it comes to durability as the young man has been plagued a bit by groin issues. And does he indeed have the bulk (234 pounds) to be a reliable run stopper over the course of a 16-game season?
Evans is a solid player who should fit into Tennessee’s front seven as a replacement for Avery Williamson, who took his considerable talents to the New York Jets. Look for Evans to start in Week 1 and be a thumper in the run game.