The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected their first University of Florida player, safety Josh Evans. Evans, who is 6’1″ tall, is a schematic fit for the Jaguars. Head coach Gus Bradley has got to be pleased to have another long secondary player to pair with third second round pick Jonathan Cyprien and third round pick Dwayne Gratz.
Evans looks to be safety depth for the Jags, probably behind Cyprien. He had three interceptions and six passes defended in 2012 with the Gators. He paired that with 2.5 sacks during the season as well. On the 2012 team, his first season starting every game, he led the Gators in tackles.
I like the Evans pick, especially since he adds a lot of competition to an incredibly thin secondary. Evans could force out backup Chris Prosinski in the offseason which is exactly what a lot of Jaguars fans want. Prosinski was absolutely terrible during the season when filling in for the now-ex Jaguar Dawan Landry. Evans would be a major upgrade over Prosinski as a backup. Evans was a top performer in the 20-yard shuttle among safeties at the combine and he was the top performer in the three cone drill among safeties. He figures to be an immediate special teams contributor.
- Luke N. Sims
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