With the NFL Draft coming up this week, Go Joe Bruin will be breaking down some of UCLA’s potential picks. Today we look at wide receiver, Shaquelle Evans.
Height: 6’1”, Weight: 213 lbs., Arm Length: 32”, Hands: 9 3/8”
His Time At UCLA
Evans started his college career in 2009 at Notre Dame. He transferred to UCLA and sat out the next year. In his final three years of eligibility as a Bruin, Evans played in thirteen or more games each season.
Last year at UCLA, Evans led the Bruins in most receiving categories. He had a team-high, 47 receptions and totaled 709 receiving yards (over 200 more than Devin Fuller who was second in receiving yards). He averaged the most yards per catch with 15.1, along with 54.5 yards per game.
The 40: 4.51 sec
Bench: 13 reps
Vertical: 34.5 inches
Broad: 122.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.07 sec
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.21 sec
60-Yard Shuttle: 11.51 sec
Why Evans Will Be An Asset
Shaquelle Evans has long arms, big hands and good reach. He is a reliable pass catcher, especially in short-yardage situations. He often makes tough catches and can get solid yards after a reception.
What Evans Has To Improve On
Evans, on occasion, will drop a pass that seems “on the money”. He does not have break away speed, which does not make him a big down field threat. He is better in zone than he is man-to-man defenses.
He was one of the go-to guys in UCLA’s offense, which often utilized up to ten receivers in games. Evans does not quit on plays and goes for everything thrown his way. That and his size should be favorable to some NFL teams who need more length in their receiving corps. He needs to get stronger and work on his speed, but should develop nicely into a first or second string flanker. CBSSports.com has him projected to go in Round 3 or 4.