NFL teams meeting with individual players are a significant part of the draft process. These meetings can happen at the NFL Scouting Combine, pro days, the Senior Bowl, the East-West Shrine Game or a private workout.
For fans following the process, these meetings are sort of like poker tells for the draft, as they indicate what positions a team could be focusing on. Do teams draft players they haven’t met with? Yes, they do. It happens all the time (like Lamar Jackson), but they have often spoken to other players at that position.
Who have the Baltimore Ravens met with so far? Check out the list at WalterFootball.com.
So far, teams have had access to players at the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl and the Combine. The Ravens met with Appalachian State running back Darrynton Evans at the Combine. Let’s get to know him better.
Tale of the Tape:
Weight: 203 pounds
Strengths: Shhh … don’t tell anyone, but Darrynton Evans may be the best-kept secret at running back in this year’s NFL Draft. He’s a high-effort, smart, elusive back who shows terrific feet, balance and vision, but don’t tell anyone!
Areas for Improvement: Short yardage is not his forte, as he could get stronger; pass protection is an issue, not due a lack of understanding or willingness, but because oncoming blitzers bulldoze him a bit.
Other Notes: First-team All-Sun Belt in 2018 and 2019; Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year in 2019; named the top scholar in the Sun Belt by Street & Smith in 2019; amassed 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns on 255 carries while catching 21 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns in 2019; also racked up 386 yards and one touchdown on 16 kick returns.
Draft Projection: A late third- or fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Evans is ready to contribute to an NFL team from Day One. Again, don’t tell anyone … shhhh.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of App State Athletics