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2017 NFL Draft: Oklahoma Sooners LB Jordan Evans Selected by Cincinnati Bengals in 6th Round

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The playmaking linebacker could make an immediate impact in Cincinnati.

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Jordan Evans has been selected in the 6th Round (193rd overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals!

Following a snub from the 2017 NFL Combine, Evans saw his stock soar in the recent weeks after dazzling scouts at OU’s Pro Day last month. With his gifted skills in pass coverage, his skill set could be used in many ways by the Bengals.

Cincy Jungle calls Evans “a speedy, athletic linebacker who figures to compete for snaps with Nick Vigil and Marquis Flowers as a coverage ‘backer”, which in a 3-4 system could translate into a real shot at making the roster for the Norman, Okla., native. Evans, the Sooners’ leader in tackles and interceptions and an All-Big 12 First Team selection as a senior in 2016, could complement the Cincy defense perfectly with what he does best — make plays in the passing game. He has a great chance to see the field right away and make an impact as a rookie, carrying the momentum of his spectacular finish to his college career.

Evans, who joins former Sooner Joe Mixon in Cincinnati, is a physical, athletic, agile linebacker who particularly excels in pass coverage, and has the potential to develop into a starter with time in this system or at least be a major part of the rotation from the get-go. The Bengals will also benefit from his leadership and attitude to go with his clutch playmaking abilities.

Following the footsteps of his father Scott, a standout Sooner defensive tackle from 1988-90, Evans also becomes the second of his family to graduate to the NFL. Scott Evans briefly played for the Cardinals in 1991.

We wish Jordan health and success in Cincinnati and throughout his NFL future.