Originally posted by SF69ers:
Originally posted by GatorDoc77:
I have seen every Gator game during the times both Evans and Elam have been there and there is no way anyone in their right mind should want Evans over Elam as an nfl prospect.
While Evans is a solid player, he is by no means exceptional. He made nice strides to improve his play from his earlier years when he even lost his starting job to a freshman. His weaknesses are more glaring than Elam's. He is not better in coverage. In fact, he tended to take bad angles and get beat. Elam on the other hand is not just a hitter. As a freshman, in order to get him on the field, he was THE starting nickle back.
Also, my gators defense plays safeties in a way that they are interchangeable, not true free or strong safeties.
Sure Elam lacks height but he makes it up with tremendous skill, instincts, leadership and other intangibles. The guy is a football player period with star potential as a safety...remember Sanders from his days in Indy?
Now Evans is a good later round prospect and I would welcome him to the team but I don't forsee him becoming a probowler. He's marginal in most things he does and he is not very fluid.
That is my assessment of their games and I generally critique more than usual bc I have to rewatch many games on dvr due to my work schedule.
Go Gators and Go Niners!
Great post. I've been saying the bolded above for awhile but the Elam haters never listen. All they see is his height and automatically look for an NFL safety with similar build and make the comparison. Other than being a sure tackler, I don't see the Whitner comparison.
My question is how is he going to matchup with tight ends at 5'10. We've seen the last two seasons how Whitner's size puts him at a disadvantage against tight ends.
[ Edited by SFrush on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:05 PM ]