CB – #26 Missouri
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: McKinney (McKinney, TX)
HS Rating: 2 star (0.7958)
Phil Steele: N/A
Akayleb Evans Scouting Report
Speed is about average at the position for the NFL. Acceleration is good. Fairly explosive athlete. Struggles to disengage from blocks on the perimeter. Lacks a lot of power and overall strength. Not one of his strong points. Evans struggles to change direction and is oftentimes much too aggressive to route-running fakes. Has burst and recovery speed but his slow hips don’t allow him to work back into the play well.
Very passive as a tackler. Not very effective as a space defender. Pursuit angles aren’t great. Tends to overcommit. Doesn’t show a willingness to track down the play. A little bit concerned with his man coverage ability. Tends to contact early and doesn’t play the ball as well as he should. Tends to stand there too long while playing off coverage, doesn’t move his feet well.
Good physicality at the catch point and works well through the receiver to make a play on the ball. Has some ability out of zone coverage. Reacts well. Attacks the catch point. Tends to be there a step too early at times. He sees concepts happening but doesn’t always know how to react to them. True to his zone sometimes when he doesn’t need to be. Prefers to play mirror technique, doesn’t show much jam ability. Loses a lot of leverage when he tries, committing too much to the sideline and surrendering the inside.
What we want to see from Akayleb Evans in Mobile
- From what I’ve seen on tape, I wonder how well Evans will handle speed at the next level while in coverage. Despite his unwillingness to tackle at times, he wasn’t tested very often with screens to his side of the field. I want to see how well Evans handles speed on his side in 1v1’s against some of the best receivers in this NFL Draft.
Pre-Senior Bowl projections
Akayleb Evans projects as a boundary cornerback who is a good two years away from starting at the next level. There are things that he does well, but right now I don’t think he can handle some of the better route runners and speed receivers in the league. He could start out, potentially, in the slot in a zone defense and earn his snaps on the boundary there. That being said, his hesitancy to play as a run defender will knock him from several boards.
We project Evans as a fifth/seventh-round prospect right now. Evans has a lot of room to grow and can show a lot in 1v1’s at the Senior Bowl. We hope he does, and wish nothing but the best for him moving forward.