The Philadelphia Eagles signed UCF offensive tackle Aaron Evans in undrafted free agency following the 2018 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles blocker, I reached out to SB Nation’s blog that features American Athletic Conference coverage: Underdog Dynasty. Knights writer Luke Sarris (@InsideDungeon) was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) Can you sum up what his college career was like?
Aaron was a workhorse at UCF. In has last 3 seasons with the Knights, he started at left tackle in 36 of their 38 games. Despite missing the Peach Bowl due to back surgery, he was a reliable, productive leader of that offensive line that played a key roll in UCF going undefeated in 2017.
2) What are his strengths?
He’s very experienced at the left tackle position with some experience at right tackle as well. In four years, he started 37 games and appeared in 49. He’s also long and strong. At nearly 6’5”, he was able to put up 27 bench reps at his pro day.
3) What are his weaknesses?
Although his experience at left tackle is a strength, it can also be a weakness in some eyes. Evans has only started 1 game at any position other than left tackle which may take away from his versatility. That shouldn’t be too much of a concern as he was also recruited out of high school as a guard.
4) Are you surprised he went undrafted?
I wouldn’t say I’m surprised. I did think with some of the workouts he was getting, we could have seen him go in the 7th round. At the end of the day, he wasn’t the biggest or the strongest or the most athletic, but his reliability and consistent performance was clearly enough to land him on the defending Super Bowl Champions.
5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?
I think he can have a sustainable career as an NFL backup. Given the opportunity, he’ll perform well when called upon. Do I think he’ll be a pro-bowler? Most likely not but I think he has the talent to fight for a starting job as he gets more experience under his belt.
6) Anything to know about him off the field?
Evans has been known to grow a pretty sweet mustache. He also has plans to be a coach once his playing career comes to an end.