After a long period of talent evaluation, the NFL Draft finally begins Thursday, April 25. Many Oklahoma Sooners are expecting to hear their names called — one of which is 2018 Joe Moore Award winner Bobby Evans. The three-year starter is not necessarily considered to be an elite offensive tackle prospect, but he’s certainly someone who could end up having a strong career in the league. He did, after all, earn second-team All-Big 12 honors at left tackle in 2018, and he also did a fantastic job at RT the two seasons prior.
NFL Combine Results
40 Yard Dash: 5.2 seconds
Bench Press: 22 reps
NFL talent evaluators’ reports have compared Evans to a familiar name — Daryl Williams, a former Oklahoma Sooner. They’ve suggested that he has plenty of experience and great core strength to compliment his hands, something that surely makes Bill Bedenbaugh smile (even if only on the inside). The scouts love his strength and toughness, giving him a draft grade of 5.55, which indicates a chance to become an NFL starter. His suggested strengths are his frame, core strength, his impeccable schooling for technique and his timing on second-level targets. However, his weaknesses are perceived to be his size and “tightness in the hips”. Evaluators viewed his 2018 tape as disappointing in comparison to his 2017 film, when he was at RT. This is why many thought he may come back to refine his talents for one more year at the University of Oklahoma, but he’s talented enough to prove doubters wrong.
After the 2018-19 season, Evans has been predicted to go as early as a third rounder or as late as the seventh, with some even listing him an undrafted agent. But seemingly, the stock has settled for the Oklahoma tackle. Adam Schefter suggested Evans was one of the top tackles in the draft largely because he’s played both tackle positions, but he sees him as most likely a day two pick. CBS Sports labeled Evans as the No. 18 Offensive Lineman and Walter Football listed him as the No. 20 best Tackle. Rounds 4-5 are a safe bet for Evans during this week’s draft. If you would like to see more evaluation of Bobby Evans, visit: https://www.nfl.com/prospects/bobby-evans?id=32194556-4123-7310-44e4-5ca5223f4b63.
Bobby Evans Highlights