STRENGTHS - Evans is a strong and physical player. He has the ability to break off blocks well. Gets off the snap quickly and has the ability to explode to the quarterback. Very sound tackler and is a guy who looks to make the big hit. He is never out of a play because of his quickness and playing speed. He has excellent sideline to sideline speed and has the ability to close strong and make the play. He has the ability to chase a guy down from behind to make a tackle. He has great sideline to sideline speed. He has excellent footwork and quick feet on his backpedal. He is able to plant his feet well and explode to the ball off of his backpedal. He has very solid hip turn and is able to recover well against the route. He is more effective in zone coverage as he does such a good job of reading and reacting to the QB/Pass and has an explosive closing burst to the ball to make a play on the ball or deliver a hit right after the ball arrives. In zone coverage he has the ability to break nicely off his backpedal and either make a play for an interception or if it's a short pass he has the ability to explode to make the tackle.
WEAKNESSES - Evans pass coverage is something he will need to work on in order to have a much bigger impact. I do not feel as though he is a guy that is going to be able to play tight coverage from the LOS at the next level. He also has a tendency to be inpatient at times, although very rarely. His aggressiveness leads him to jump/bite on pump fakes and fakes by receiver, which can be fatal in the NFL.
SUMMARY - Overall Evans is a very physical football player. He's a guy that you can always count on to make a play and be around the ball. Evans reacts quickly to plays and gets started towards the ball fast. He has the ability to explode to the football and has excellent tackling technique. He is able to square up the runner and put on a hard hit. The questions I have are whether or not he can be consistent enough in pass coverage. He has the tools to be a very effective safety at the next level, but he needs to be more patient and allow the play to come to him. He's very athletic and sometimes I feel he takes that for granted. Overall, I feel Evans will be a good starting safety in the NFL. He will however need to become more consistent covering tight ends in man coverage and control his aggressiveness to avoid biting on fakes. The way he sniffs out the play and as physical as he is, I would not be surprised if he saw some time at OLB in certain defensive packages and should enable him to be an impact special teams player immediately.