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Justin Evans | Safety

Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 8/26/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 199

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Bucs selected Texas A&M S Justin Evans with the No. 50 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.
Evans (6’0/199) spent his junior and senior seasons in College Station after transferring from community college, starting both years and tallying six tackles for loss with five interceptions. SEC coaches voted him second-team all-conference in 2016. Evans also played special teams, averaging an impressive 28.5 yards per kick return as a senior. Physical with plus ball skills, Evans flashed combination free-strong safety ability with outstanding range on tape. He is a springy athlete with a 41 ½-inch vertical and 10-foot-9 broad jump. Evans’ main flaw is a tendency to miss tackles due to over-aggressiveness. Regardless, he is an upside prospect in the D.J. Swearinger mold. Fri, Apr 28, 2017 08:39:00 PM

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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Texas A&M S Justin Evans has "recently surfaced as a first-round target for Atlanta."

Pauline also thinks the Cowboys may be interested in Evans as a late-Rd. 1 pick. Dallas owns the No. 28 pick, and the Falcons come on the clock shortly thereafter at No. 31. This report is something to keep an eye on, as it flies in the face of the online draft community's current reading of Evans' stock. For instance, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler didn't list Evans in a two-round mock published on Tuesday and Rotoworld's Josh Norris didn't have Evans going in Round 1 of his own most recent mock exercise. In Atlanta, Evans would likely start from Day 1 across from Keanu Neal, the team's first-round selection last year. In Dallas, he would help fortify a ravaged positional group that lost both Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency.
Tue, Apr 18, 2017 12:41:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Cowboys and Falcons have both hosted Texas A&M S Justin Evans for visits.

Evans is not a guarantee to be drafted in the first round, but Pauline relays that the 6-foot, 199-pounder has "a chance to slide into the very late part of Round 1." The Cowboys have an obvious need at safety, having lost both Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency. They hold pick No. 28, while the Falcons hold pick No. 31. When it comes to Atlanta, Pauline writes that "Evans would also be a nice complement to Keanu Neal, last year’s first-round selection, and he offers the defense more of a rangy safety who can play sideline-to-sideline while being an asset stopping the run."
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 04:57:00 PM

Texas A&M S Justin Evans was clocked at an unofficial 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash on pro day.

Evans also rocked a stellar 41.5-inch vertical jump and an equally impressive broad jump of 10-foot-9. The 6-foot, 199-pounder needed a strong showing, too, as he did not put in a full workout at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a strained quad. Evans receives a second-round grade from Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Even if he is unable to land quite that high, he figures to be swept off the board by the end of Day 2.
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 12:44:00 PM

An AFC executive is concerned by the amount of tackles Texas A&M S Justin Evans misses.

"His interception against UCLA at the beginning of the year was one of those plays that not many safeties can make," the exec said. "But I'm worried about his missed tackles. Hard hits are great for Sportscenter or YouTube but getting guys to the ground is top priority." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Evans to another hard-hitter in Karl Joseph. "Soft-spoken but carries a walloping stick," Zierlein wrote. "He is a little undersized, but has plus speed, is an extremely physical hitter and can play deep or near the line of scrimmage." The analyst believes Evans is worth a Day 2 pick and adds that the safety has the ability to "become a plus NFL starter."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 06:01:00 PM

Texas A&M S Justin Evans is dealing with a strained quad and will not run at the NFL Combine.

Evans might participate in position drills. Evans is one of the top rated safeties in this class, and his speed is obvious when he closes on ball carriers in the box. Evans went through Senior Bowl activities.
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 10:19:00 AM

Per Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline, Texas A&M S Justin Evans has a dozen interviews in store for Sunday.

Mr. Popular won't be going through drills until Monday, so he will spend his Sunday trying to make a good impression with NFL squads via this slew of interviews. Pauline hears that Evans is going to "blow up the combine" and could even challenge some of the all-world marks posted by UConn CB Byron Jones several years back.
Sun, Mar 5, 2017 01:42:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Texas A&M S Justin Evans could put on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"I’m told Evans, who had two solid practices at the Senior Bowl before sitting out Thursday with injury, is expected to blow up the combine and put up Byron Jones type numbers," Pauline wrote. A refresher course on Jones' Combine work: The former UConn defender registered monster jumps of 44.5 inches (vertical) and 147 inches (broad jump) while turning in strong times in the 20-yard shuttle (3.94 seconds) and 60-yard shuttle (10.98 seconds) prior to the 2015 draft. He did not run the 40-yard dash due to injury. Back in September, an NFL executive said that he views Evans as a better prospect than 2016 first-rounder Karl Joseph. Pauline writes that there is a belief that Evans could find an NFL home in the back half of the first round. He relays that the Cowboys are one possible team that could have interest here.
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 07:06:00 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans says Texas A&M S Justin Evans is a first-round talent.

Mike Evans is a former teammate of Justin Evans'. Not surprisingly, Justin agrees with Mike's assessment. "I agree with him," Justin said. Justin Evans is currently viewed as a Day 2 prospect. "Evans is a versatile player who can patrol the deep middle and make plays in coverage, while still willing and able to lay the lumber in the run game," Luke Easterling wrote. "He’s been a top-40 player on my board for months now, and his performance so far this week is proving him worthy of such a ranking."
Source: Draftwire
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 01:43:00 PM

Texas A&M S Justin Evans accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

An NFL executive told NFL Media way back in September that Evans would go in the top-20 in the 2017 NFL Draft. "This kid jumps off the tape. He's a better player than (2016 first-round pick) Karl Joseph. He's a ferocious hitter and he can cover a lot of ground. He will be a top-20 pick this spring," the executive said. Evans has 85 tackles, five TFL and four interceptions this season.
Source: Senior Bowl
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 03:37:00 PM

An NFL executive says Texas A&M senior S Justin Evans will go in the top-20 in the 2017 NFL Draft.

"This kid jumps off the tape. He's a better player than (2016 first-round pick) Karl Joseph. He's a ferocious hitter and he can cover a lot of ground. He will be a top-20 pick this spring," the executive told NFL.com. Joseph was selected No. 14 overall pick this year by the Oakland Raiders. As for Evans, he made eight tackles, had two interceptions, and broke up a pass in overtime in the Aggies' 31-24 victory over UCLA in the opener.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 05:16:00 PM

NFL Media ranks Texas A&M S Justin Evans as the No. 7 transfer player in the nation.

Texas A&M desperately needs Evans, who came from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, to play well immediately. The school allowed 450.8 yards per game last year, ranking last in the SEC and 104th nationally in total defense. Evans enrolled in January and "was good in spring practice," according to College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "He is a willing player in run support and looks to have above-average coverage skills for a strong safety."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, May 25, 2015 08:21:00 PM