Zach Evans 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report
- Averaged 7.0 yards per carry (2021)
- Lead TCU in rushing yards (2021)
- Transferred to Ole Miss from TCU
- Scheme tendencies: Inside/Outside Zone
- 2022 projected role: First and second down running back
Pros: Zach Evans is an extremely talented running back that is yet to have a complete season to showcase his true skill set entering year three. In his two years at TCU, Evans showed to be an explosive north-south runner. When he senses an opening, Evans triggers his natural speed and has the ability to break off big-time runs. Evans has good vision and can set up runs. On zone plays, he does a good job of pressing the hole to get defenders to commit to a direction then redirecting to hit a hole vacated by a defender. Evans is not a big back but he does run behind his pads and can be utilized in short-yardage situations. Evans is a back with a high upside and has all of the natural tools to put together a highly productive season running the football.
Cons: The downside to Zach Evans’ game is a part of his game that just simply wasn’t showcased all that much at TCU: his ability to contribute in the pass game. Evans shows to be a good athlete so you would like him to be more of a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Evans is an adequate receiver at this point catching the ball in traditional spots for running backs, like in the flats. But Evans could use an offseason improving on versifying his routes out of the backfield to become a true three-down back. At this point, Evans shows to be more of a traditional running back that will be asked to pass protect on third downs rather than a weapon that can be used in the passing game.
Zach Evans NFL Draft Scouting Report by Keith Sanchez