Name: Dane Evans
Position fit: Developmental QB
Stats to know: Ranked second in the nation with 1,609 yards on deep (20-plus yard) passes in 2015. Fell to 17th with 1,059 yards in 2016.
What he does best:
- Possesses a very strong, whip arm.
- Throws with confidence.
- Good zip and ball placement on outside the numbers, timing throws.
- Flashes the ability to throw with anticipation.
- Athletic player with good escapability. Mostly makes plays with his legs when things break down.
- Can deliver strikes in tight windows in zone coverage. Throws in-breaking routes well.
- Most effective when staying in rhythm with the quick/intermediate timing based route concepts.
- Questionable touch, virtually everything is a fastball.
- More of a thrower than a passer.
- Very inconsistent post-snap processing and defensive recognition.
- A lot of pre-determined reads. Locks on to initial read and struggles to smoothly get to the next receiver in the progression.
- First instinct is to find a running lane when affected by pressure or the route concept gets covered up
- Operated in an offense centered around run/pass options and half field, single defender reads.
Bottom line: Evans is a strong-armed thrower capable of getting hot and making a lot of plays with his arm. At this point he is more of a thrower than a passer and needs to develop different ball speeds to further his game. He lacks consistent touch at the intermediate and deep levels of the field. If a coach feels they can tighten up his mechanics and develop other parts of his game he warrants an UFA deal with a chance to prove he can make a practice squad.