This defensive standout doesn’t get as much love as his teammate, Minkah Fitzpatrick, but Rashaan Evans is no slouch and will make a name for himself in the league.

Standing at 6’3″ and weighing 234 pounds, Evans fits in with the linebackers of the new era. Capable of playing both the inside and outside positions at linebacker, he possesses good length and great speed, according to NFL.com. Evans uses his speed at his outside linebacker position to blow past edge protection and is capable enough to explode through A and B gaps in blitz packages.

While Evans is extremely productive when on the field, a concern of his is staying on the field. He has a known history of groin injuries and missed multiple games over the past couple of years because of it, including sitting out the Senior Bowl back in January to focus on his recovery and preparation for April’s draft.

Continuing on some of his weaknesses, Evans still has a way to go learning the ins and outs of the linebacker positions. He has a habit of diagnosing plays slowly at the ILB position, due to his limited knowledge, and is “a bit raw in zone coverage with below average instincts,” according to sescouting.com.

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Despite his weaknesses, scouts say Evans has the ability to play the inside linebacker position efficiently in both 3-4 defenses and 4-3 defenses and can act as the SAM (or strong-side linebacker) to cover tight ends and running backs in the flat (sescouting.com), although NFL.com has Evans better suited at the WILL (weak-side linebacker) position.

Overall, Evans is closely compared to Lawrence Timmons and is projected to hear his name called in the first round. He has many notable issues that need to be addressed, but Evans is poised to follow in the footsteps of Reggie Ragland, C.J. Mosley and Dont’a Hightower in being productive linebackers in the NFL that have all made positive impacts on their respective teams.

The Browns don’t have an immediate at the linebacker position, so passing on Evans will be a no-brainer. Instead, let’s focus on the aforementioned, more-loved Fitzpatrick to better our defense.

Sorry, Rashaan.

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