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Josh Evans-Free Safety-Florida

This is an interesting prospect that came in for a private workout with the 49ers. I actually prefer him over his much more hyped teammate in Elam. I've not really been impressed at all by Elam since he's essentially Whitner redux. Another short, undersized safety that plays well in the box but is so-so in coverage. Evans is essentially the guy that played a lot of deep coverage to allow Elam to roam around the field and make plays. Evans held up very well in that role and was by no means a slouch himself. He's got very good size for the position and is able to both defend the pass and stop the run well. He sometimes is too hesitant, doesn't react fast enough but for the most part was often in position to make a play on the ball or an immediate tackle. In terms of coverage, Evans has it all over Elam, much more fluid hips, more natural coverage ability, better lateral movement...etc.

Unlike Elam, Evans also wouldn't cost a 1st or 2nd rounder and is much more of a prototypical centerfielder/coverage type of safety. He did pretty well at the Combine, including the best times for the 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle among all defensive backs.

Maybe if the 49ers draft him they can give him a larger size jersey than he had at Florida.


[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Apr 12, 2013 at 1:04 AM ]
Yeah i don't trust Elam as much neither. His highlight tackles are mostly big hits that will be absorbed in the NFL.

Josh Evans has great size too.
Yeah, been feeling as if Evans gets overlooked too much. I have him as a 4th round talent.
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I hope he stays under the radar so Niners can get him in the 3rd/4th rd. He can play either safety position... dude is pretty badass!
You guys are crazy, Elam been a playmaker since he stepped on the field. In every single game he makes his presence felt by both run support and defending the pass. If he were 2"taller he would be a top ten pick
I think Evans could be a deep safety that we need and would be a solid 3rd round pickup. Probably be gone by mid 4th.

I see him compared to Chris Clemons and Reshad Jones
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
This is an interesting prospect that came in for a private workout with the 49ers. I actually prefer him over his much more hyped teammate in Elam. I've not really been impressed at all by Elam since he's essentially Whitner redux. Another short, undersized safety that plays well in the box but is so-so in coverage. Evans is essentially the guy that played a lot of deep coverage to allow Elam to roam around the field and make plays. Evans held up very well in that role and was by no means a slouch himself. He's got very good size for the position and is able to both defend the pass and stop the run well. He sometimes is too hesitant, doesn't react fast enough but for the most part was often in position to make a play on the ball or an immediate tackle. In terms of coverage, Evans has it all over Elam, much more fluid hips, more natural coverage ability, better lateral movement...etc.

Unlike Elam, Evans also wouldn't cost a 1st or 2nd rounder and is much more of a prototypical centerfielder/coverage type of safety. He did pretty well at the Combine, including the best times for the 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle among all defensive backs.

Maybe if the 49ers draft him they can give him a larger size jersey than he had at Florida.





Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
This is an interesting prospect that came in for a private workout with the 49ers. I actually prefer him over his much more hyped teammate in Elam. I've not really been impressed at all by Elam since he's essentially Whitner redux. Another short, undersized safety that plays well in the box but is so-so in coverage. Evans is essentially the guy that played a lot of deep coverage to allow Elam to roam around the field and make plays. Evans held up very well in that role and was by no means a slouch himself. He's got very good size for the position and is able to both defend the pass and stop the run well. He sometimes is too hesitant, doesn't react fast enough but for the most part was often in position to make a play on the ball or an immediate tackle. In terms of coverage, Evans has it all over Elam, much more fluid hips, more natural coverage ability, better lateral movement...etc.

Unlike Elam, Evans also wouldn't cost a 1st or 2nd rounder and is much more of a prototypical centerfielder/coverage type of safety. He did pretty well at the Combine, including the best times for the 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle among all defensive backs.

Maybe if the 49ers draft him they can give him a larger size jersey than he had at Florida.



i actually have pinpointed Evans in my draft readings and think he could be a good pickup for niners...though I hate the utube highlights like those posted for him here...it is a minute long and they dont show him in coverrage once...just coming up in support of the run, or tackling ball carriers downfield...lots of these highlight for the DBs do that....nothing shown here tells me if he can help cover a julio jones or anguin boldin downfield
[ Edited by hofer36 on Apr 12, 2013 at 7:58 AM ]
i like Evans. still don't understand the Elam hate.
He looks good on film as Mike Mayock would say. Would like to see him drafted by us in the third or forth round much like Dashon Goldson, who I think was a forth rounder. The guy even has the measurables (not sure if that's a word) as DG.
Originally posted by SF69ers:
i like Evans. still don't understand the Elam hate.

I think the negative talk about Elam is because we already have Whitner on our team. I think we just added Whitner's replacement with Dahl. You need someone who has the intelligence to be the 'quarterback' of the defence and Dahl seems to be that kind of guy. If we draft an athletic guy like Evans then he can play the same role as Goldson did. IMO.
Originally posted by Ninerfan81:
Originally posted by SF69ers:
i like Evans. still don't understand the Elam hate.

I think the negative talk about Elam is because we already have Whitner on our team. I think we just added Whitner's replacement with Dahl. You need someone who has the intelligence to be the 'quarterback' of the defence and Dahl seems to be that kind of guy. If we draft an athletic guy like Evans then he can play the same role as Goldson did. IMO.

let's not kid ourselves. Dahl was picked up mainly for depth and for ST purposes. he's not starter material, IMO. i still think that Elam is more versatile than Whitner. he's interchangeable at the safety spots. I'm a Whitner fan, like most of everyone on here was before the playoffs last season. funny how everyone changes after he was torched a couple times, yet no one mentions how the lack of pass rush could have been the main causes of them.
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Yeah, been feeling as if Evans gets overlooked too much. I have him as a 4th round talent.


We got Goldson in 4th.., so may turn out ok.
I have to admit, I over looked this guy too. But, Im on board now. Also, we looked at duke Williams from Nevada-Reno,, he's a lot like Elam, somybe weget both our Safety's in the 4th..
Don't like all the Elam hate
I like Elam's physicality and how he is all over the ball and receiver. The only thing is he is undersized.
[ Edited by robniner on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:26 AM ]