Darren Evans - Virginia Tech (HT: 6-0 - WT: 220) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 15 of 30
Positives: Good size, has a nice frame, can shed tacklers and deliver a punch in the hole... Does a great job of holding onto the football, has never fumbled the ball in his collegiate career... Has some shake-n-bake in his game, can make the first man miss... Runs well between the tackles, keeps his pad level low, is a bit of a bruiser... Good pass blocker, shows good effort and technique as a blocker... Solid production when healthy, set a Virginia Tech freshman record in 2008 with 1265 rushing yards (broken the next year by Ryan Williams)... Strong character, played 2010 with a chip on his shoulder after coming back from his torn ACL... Very much a north/south runner, does a great job keeping his legs moving up field... Will likely be used as a power runner on first and second down and near the goal line.
Negatives: Marginal top-end speed, doesn't have a second gear to outrun defenders when he gets in the open... Hasn't been utilized much as a receiver, raw in his route running and ability to make plays in the passing game... Huge injury concerns, missed the entire 2009 season due to a torn ACL... Has been overshadowed by teammate Ryan Williams... Would have liked to see him return for his senior season football wise, but has a wife, a child and is only two classes away from graduating so he felt it was to his advantage to come out early... Upside is limited due to his lack of speed and big play ability.
(January 28) --
The week of Senior Bowl practices are over, but more coverage is on the way.
We have posted notes and observations from both the North and South Thursday practices as well as transcripts from the Thursday press conferences.
Also posted is a Week in Review from the week's practices. Refer to the tabs above for full coverage. We'll have all the action coming to you from Saturday's game as well.