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  • 2019 Draft: With 97th pick, Rams select BOBBY EVANS, OL, OKLAHOMA

    At the time of the pick, Evans ranked 8th on my Rams big board! Nice pick for the OL!

  • #2
    Player Bio
    Evans had a tough task in 2018, taking over for All-American Orlando Brown at left tackle. He excelled in that role, earnings second-team All-Big 12 honors after starting all 14 games for the playoff participants. He had started across from Brown at right tackle in all 14 games as a sophomore, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 notice. He was also an honorable mention all-conference pick his redshirt freshman campaign, starting the team's final 12 games at right tackle. Evans was a four-star recruit at Allen (Texas) High School, ranking among the top 100 overall prospects and top 10 offensive linemen. His father, Bobby Joe, was the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year in basketball, then played at Oklahoma. His brother, Tay, played linebacker for the Sooners in 2015 and 2016 before injuries ended his career.

    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst

    Draft Projection: Round 4

    NFL Comparison: Daryl Williams

    Three-year starter with tackle experience on both sides who plays with excellent core strength, good hand placement and a noticeable nasty streak. Evans is below average as an athlete but makes up for it with upper-body power and solid technique. Despite being under 6-foot-5, his arm length (34 3/4 inches) might convince a team to try him at right tackle before any moves inside. He might be scheme-dependent, but strength and toughness give him a shot at becoming a good backup with eventual starter potential.

    Built with a stout frame and nearly 35-inch arms
    Started at both right and left tackle and might offer swing value
    Relatively unfazed by bull-rush attempts
    Sticks a strong punch into the chest of incoming rushers
    Grip strength for solid secure and mirror
    Impressive core strength
    Shows ability to match power for power in upper half
    Adequate agility for short pulls
    Well-schooled with feel for landmarks and technique
    Good timing and radar up to second-level targets on gap runs
    Play demeanor best described as aggressive and chippy

    Shorter than average at the tackle spot
    Hip tightness restricts depth of kick slides
    Below-average quickness in race versus edge rushers
    Shows a tendency to lunge when beaten
    Lacks proper hip bend to drop pad level and win with leverage
    Could struggle in generating drive movement if moved inside to guard
    Stiff-kneed upper-body mauler on down blocks
    Narrow drive base causes him to fall off-center from the block
    Faces range limitations as move blocker
    Plodding with heavy feet out in space

    Sources Tell Us
    "The tape (in 2018) was a little bit disappointing compared to (2017) when he was at right tackle. I would play him at right tackle before ever thinking of moving him inside. He has some limitations and you have to help him some, but he can be a player on the right side." Area scout for AFC team


    • #3
      Shane P. Hallam

      OL Bobby Evans is long and powerful, but he plays pretty tight. He doesn’t bend too well either and won’t pull, but his feet move well for his size. #Rams could be a good fit for his talents though.

      11:15 PM - 26 Apr 2019


      • #4

        Pass Sets – Smooth athlete in the open field who has the needed COD skills to mirror pass rushers in space. Can be a little too casual driving out of stance and as a result challenged unnecessarily off the edge. Occupies ample space as anchor in slide protection as a seal block.

        Length/Extension – Length could be better optimized with better timing in the hands. Will be late to catch in some instances and fail to dictate the rep. Natural length and recovery with wingspan to ride out defenders is a huge plus, can be a pest in riding defenders in zone rushing concepts.

        Balance – Would like to see some better awareness of breaking down on the second level to ensure he connects on blocks. Active feet allow for adjustments once locking horns. Would love to see more commitment to keeping feet tethered and not hop through initial blow.

        Hand Technique – Can be late on occasion with the hands. When able to time up a punch offers a ton of power thanks to long anatomical levers. Has awareness with hands to yank and pull defenders out of space and create a walled off lane for ball carriers. Very strong grip at extension.

        Power at POA – Will explode out of stance in pure drive block reps to create a lot of push. Power comes from athleticism and dynamic burst, isn't a raw power player. Second effort once establishing momentum allows for clean finishes of wash out blocks and potential pancakes.

        Football IQ – Handles twists, stunts, transitions and combo blocks very effectively. Has been tasked with playing each side of the line of scrimmage in the past two seasons, taking over on the left side with departure of Orlando Brown Jr. Active communicator up front to work through calls.

        Functional Athleticism – Terrific mobility. Is arguably the team's best puller and shows the mobility to hug the LOS tight and turn up the field to greet crashing LBs or trap linemen. Nimble feet when engaged on the second level and has high frequency of sustained blocks in the open field.

        Anchor Ability – Can be a bit late to drop the hips and if caught not establishing the blow can have narrowed base that prevents quick recovery. Athleticism is present to reset the feet but needs to continue to add polish to angles on the edge to ensure he's ready to drop hips at any point.

        Flexibility – Shows excellent hip hinge to work across the face of defenders as both a puller and in zone concepts up front. Capable of sling-shotting defenders and has the needed mobility through the hips and core to play with strength at extended positions.

        Competitive Toughness – Brings a strong effort once locked into a hand fight, regardless of the play type or assignment. Works hard to cut off a defender late and protect his quarterback. Will roll through forward push to finish in power concepts. Isn't easy to collapse, even if caught without hands.

        BEST TRAIT – Functional Athleticism

        WORST TRAIT – Hand Technique

        BEST FILM – Iowa State (2018)

        WORST FILM – Texas (2018)

        RED FLAGS – None

        Bobby Evans projects as a starting Left Tackle in the NFL. His functional athleticism, length and ability in the run game are all plus traits that should be centerpieces of Evans' usage in the NFL. An NFL team would be wise to focus on improving his initial release out of his stance to protect him from compromising his pass sets. As a result, there may be some growing pains in his initial transition to the NFL. Has all the needed tools to be a successful long term starter in the league.


        • #5
          Nick, thanks for posting all of the bio/analysis information!
          "The disappointment of losing is huge!"

          Jack Youngblood


          • #6
            Looks to me like an excellent pick in that spot and a guy that they obviously like since they traded up to get him with the idea that Kromer can coach him up over the next year. Maybe he winds up at left tackle, maybe at guard, who knows, but now they have two players in Noteboom and Evans that can give them some flexibility. Lets hope this is a redshirt year for Evans and that he has time to learn and clean up and develop his technique while Whitworth and Noteboom play full time. I have no idea if they will cross train him to be a lead backup guard as they did with noteboom once jaron brown was waived during the year.

            Ramming speed to all

            general counsel


            • #7
              Originally posted by Nick View Post
              Bobby Evans projects as a starting Left Tackle in the NFL. His functional athleticism, length and ability in the run game are all plus traits that should be centerpieces of Evans' usage in the NFL. An NFL team would be wise to focus on improving his initial release out of his stance to protect him from compromising his pass sets. As a result, there may be some growing pains in his initial transition to the NFL. Has all the needed tools to be a successful long term starter in the league.
              I think he projects better as a RT than LT. I'm not convinced LT is his position, but I supposed he offers us extra security if Whitworth retires and Noteboom can't make the transition. Given our roster, I suspect we plan to use him at guard early in his career.
              Last edited by Rawr; -04-26-2019, 09:33 PM.


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