With the No. 196 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Kansas State cornerback Randall Evans. The Eagles picked Evans just a few spots after drafting cornerback JaCorey Shepherd at No. 191.
Evans is the third defensive back Philadelphia has selected this year. The team drafted cornerback/safety Eric Rowe in the second round along with Shepherd in the sixth.
Bleeding Green Nation's Mike Kaye was the first to report Evans met with the Eagles on a pre-draft visit in Philadelphia. Here's what we wrote at the time:
"Evans is a 6-foot, 190-pound cornerback from Kansas State. A first team All-Big 12 selection during his final season in college, Evans was initially a walk-on to the program. He ended up starting 31 games, producing seven interceptions and 35 pass breakups. He also forced five fumbles during his college career."
Here's a more in-depth scouting report from NFL.com:
"Strengths - Has the height to match up with bigger targets from the slot. Consistently challenges receivers who cross-face him in zone coverage. Plays intelligent brand of football and his game prep shows up on the field. Maintains feel for his man and is usually in position to make a play on the ball or finish with a tackle. Had 28 passes defensed over last two years. Maintains leverage and contains against run. Though not a physical force, is productive as tackler. Responsive to quarterback's eyes and reading his keys
Weaknesses - Ran a 4.44 at his pro day, but doesn't play with that same recovery speed when he's beaten. Eagerness to tackle puts him in harm's way against play-action. Shows some tightness to turn and transition. Average burst to close out throws in front of him. Man coverage offers challenge as play unfolds down the field.
Draft Projection Round 7 or priority free agent
Bottom Line - Full-timer from the slot for Kansas State. Evans has produced noteworthy on-ball stats with his passes defensed and four interceptions in 2014 and his average of 66 tackles per season since 2012 shows his willingness to support the run. Evans shows plus football intelligence and is proactive in coverage rather than reactive, but his long speed is iffy on tape and and he looks best suited to play in zone coverage. Evans has a shot at getting drafted thanks to his size, production and pro-day speed."
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2015 NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, April 30 - 8:00 PM EST (Round 1 - 10 minutes per pick)
Friday, May 1 - 7:00 PM EST (Round 2 - 7 minutes, Round 3 - 5 minutes)
Saturday, May 2 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN will televise the draft.