T/G Mark Evans, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 295, #78)
Career Stats: 1825 career snaps, 5 sacks, 44 pressures, 7 QB hits allowed | 18 penalties, 6.1 YPC when lead blocking
Natural stout, dense frame just fluid and meant to play as a guard. Hand power and strength is excellent, only will get better with the NFL program. Keeps ankles, hips, and knees aligned doing a great job transferring power from stout lower body to upper body to drive down defenders. Good size and leverage, consistent ability to use it well. Knows when to try and out muscle or out power a defensive lineman. Gets inside hand placement quick, engages first and pops defenders back, keeps his shoulder pads low. Run blocking is elite, gets to the second level fast and has great foot speed. Lethal first step get off, knows to seal and wall defenders. Just loose, strong, and quick. Does struggle with foot speed in back step but might be eliminated with a move from tackle to guard in the NFL. D2 prospect so talent competition is a concern. Only real problems come with back foot speed, size and not keeping his lower body in speed with upper half at times vs quicker rushers.
Evans is an interesting prospect, barely anyone is talking about him and in their defense Arkansas Pine Bluff isn’t a popular school by any means. That said, Evans has dominated at the division two level and will look to continue playing well vs talent at the HBCU legacy bowl and then the Combine. There’s a lot to like about Evans and good athletic testing paired with showing at guard during the HBCU bowl will help him a lot. He can be worked with and coaches love that.
Round Grade: Late 5th Round