3. OLB Rashaan Evans, Alabama
6-3, 234: It took a few years to get a bigger role in the defense, and then he became one of the nation’s best linebackers, coming up with 52 tackles as a junior and 74 stops with six sacks and 13 tackles for loss in his senior season.
The key will be his versatility. He’s a tough guy who can hold his own on the inside and stuff the run and come up with every good stop, or put him on the outside and let him grow into a devastating weakside defender with the speed to handle himself in pass coverage.
It’s a wee bit rangy, but whatever – he doesn’t get pushed around. There’s a good chance he grows into a hybrid pass rusher who gets better and better as his career goes on – he’s just scratching the surface.
He was groomed to be great over his four years at Alabama, and he turned out to be better once he got a lot more reps and a lot more time. He’s ready right out of the box, but give him a few years of experience, and he has perennial Pro Bowl written all over him.
Projected Round: First Round
Real Value: Top 20 Overall