Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
You’ve probably seen this pick made in mock drafts, including some of our own. The pick of linebacker Rashaan Evans going to the Chargers in the first round was a popular one among our writers.
Matt Pagels: “No matter what happens, I think the Chargers will come away with a solid player. I want to go with FSU safety Derwin James. His stock is all over the place, but he’ll probably go quicker than most think.That said, I’m going with Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans, who will be the third LB off the board after Tremaine Edmunds and Roquan Smith go in the top 15. He can do it all (stop the run, cover and even rush the passer effectively), and his versatility to play multiple roles is clutch”.
Sean Kirk: “If I am Tom Telesco, I am looking to address a need that brings high value relative to the 17th pick. If the Bolts draft a QB, which I’m confident they won’t, I would not be happy. Rivers has, to me, at least 3-4 years left. The Bolts are in a win-now mode. Telesco should hope that Fitzpatrick or James fall or that they can snag Edmunds or Smith. I don’t think any will be available so I would be taking Rashaan Evans. If Vea is available here (which he likely won’t be either), he will be a fantastic player but the DL class is deeper than LB and Evans is a great prospect. He has good length, great speed, sharp agility, and can rush the passer. Evans is the guy I would take and who I think the Bolts will take in the most likely scenario”.
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Tyler Schoon: “Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama. It’s a safer bet to assume the pick is Evans, because I believe he’s the “only one left” after the trio of Vita Vea, Derwin James, and Tremaine Edmunds are gone (and I guess Roquan Smith too). It’s not Mike McGlinchey, because the Chargers have enough tackle starters/depth, some good some bad. This comes down to Evans and Payne, both from the same team. Evans is the difference maker this team needs, and other defensive tackles who can stop the run can be had in later rounds. The pick makes sense, the player is fantastic, and Chargers fans should be happy. Back-up selection if Evans is already taken: Da’Ron Payne, DT. Alabama. Surprise move (why not): The Chargers move up to select Derwin James, S, Florida State”.
Travis Wakeman: “I’m in agreement with these three guys. I had Evans going to the Chargers at No. 17 in my most recent mock and nothing has happened to change my mind. I believe that the defensive tackle spot is deeper than inside linebacker and getting a guy like Tim Settle, Harrison Phillips or Derrick Nnadi in a later round after taking Evans in the first is a good scenario”.