The Patriots are hosting Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans for a visit on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Evans just wrapped up a visit to the White House as a member of the national champion Crimson Tide.
Evans’ official draft profile at NFL.com grades him a 6.1, which indicates an “instant starter”. He’s widely regarded as a prospect that will be drafted between the late-first round and early-second. The Patriots hold picks No. 23, 31, 43, and 63 in the draft, which starts on April 26.
The Patriots also hosted Arizona State linebacker Christian Sam on Thursday, according to Rapoport. However, NFL.com projects him as more of a fifth or sixth-round pick.
Evans’ draft profile compares him to Lawrence Timmons as a fast, explosive inside linebacker who can match up well with speedy, shifty running backs in coverage. Based on that analysis, he would certainly fit the profile for what the Patriots need on defense. And of course, he wouldn’t be the first Alabama linebacker that Bill Belichick drafted.
A visit by no means guarantees a selection. But Evans is a player to watch as a potential Patriot ahead of the draft.
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