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PFF scouting report: Dane Evans, QB, Tulsa

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 19: Dane Evans #9 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane reaches for extra yardage during the game against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Marlins Park on December 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Name: Dane Evans

School: Tulsa

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.

Biggest concerns:

  • 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.

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