Content
X

Create Account

Or log in with Facebook

X

Log in

Or log in with Facebook

Florida's Josh Evans on the Radar of the Packers

By Category

Florida's Josh Evans on the Radar of the Packers

Florida safety Josh Evans. Photo by Brian Carriveau of CheeseheadTV.com.

The argument could be made that Josh Evans is the forgotten member of the Florida defense.

Not only has he not gotten the attention of defensive lineman Shraiff Floyd and linebacker Jon Bostic, he's not even considered the best safety in Florida behind Matt Elam.

"Some people call Josh Evans the other safety," said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock in a conference call with reporters last week. "He's a pretty good football player. I think he's going in the same range. Fourth or fifth round, special teams. He's a sneaky good player  that could ultimately two to three years from now elevate himself from special teams into competing for a starting spot."

Evans doesn't mind sharing the spotlight, however. He thinks playing alongside Elam has only benefitted him as a player.

"Playing with him this last season has been a blessing," said Evans at the NFL Combine. "He's one of those guys who's understanding the game, who uses his physicality to go out there an be aggressive."

It wasn't until Evan's senior year that he became a full-time starter on Florida's defense. He made three starts his sophomore year, eight more his junior year and then all 13 as a senior.

In his final collegiate season, Evans was a productive member of a Florida defense that ranked No. 5 in the nation in both scoring and defense by allowing an average of less than 300 yards and 15 points per game.

Personally, Evans made 83 tackles, five for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and broke up three passes in 2012.

While Evans may be somewhat of a late bloomer, his raw athleticism is apparent. At the Combine, he had the top three-cone drill time of all safeties by clocking in at 6.64 seconds.

According to Evans, he met with representatives of the Green Bay Packers at the East-West Shrine Game and then again with safeties coach Darren Perry at the NFL Combine.

Working in Evans' favor is his flexibility. The Gators product doesn't feel as if he needs to be pigeonholed into a certain role as either a free or a strong safety.

"It really doesn't matter," said Evans. "I've been playing both these last two seasons. Definitely this last season I've been in the box a little more, so I feel like I couldn't go wrong playing either or."

If Evans were to be taken under the wing of Perry as something of a pet project, there's hope that he could become a starting caliber NFL safety in due time.

  • Like Like
  • 1 points

Fan friendly comments only: on Comments (1) This filter will hide comments which have ratio of 5 to 1 down-vote to up-vote.

lmills's picture

I like him too. Josh Evans and Earl Wolff are 2 mid-round safeties i like and wouldn't mind the Packers picking either one of them. None of the "1st-round" safties seem worth picking that high.

Log in to comment, upload your game day photos and more!

Not a member yet? Join free.

If you have already commented on Cheesehead TV in the past, we've created an account for you. Just verify your email, set a password and you're golden.

Or log in with Facebook

Packers Tickets

Must Read

Quote

"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."
"The Bears still suck!"
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall. "