NFL teams reportedly aren't pleased that Rashaan Evans passed on running the 40-yard dash again
Despite some concerns about his athleticism, many expect Rashaan Evans’ name to be called in the first round in the NFL draft next month.
But the former Alabama linebacker might have fueled those concerns by skipping the 40-yard dash in the Tide’s second pro day on Wednesday.
That’s what draftanalyst.com publisher Tony Pauline reported after Evans’ passed up on the opportunity to test in the 40 again (he also didn’t run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine) while teammate Ronnie Harrison, who battled a hamstring injury, still ran.
Here was what Pauline wrote about the ramifications of Evans’ pass on the 40:
Rashaan Evans, who did not run the forty at the combine or Alabama’s first pro day did not run yesterday which left a very bad taste in the mouths of teams who purposely made the trip to watch his workout.
Several teams questioned Evans speed going into the pre-draft process and the fact he’s not yet run the forty coupled with a vertical jump of just 30 inches and 9-feet-8-inches in the broad jump will raise further red flags about his athleticism.
Factor in terrific workouts by many of the linebackers at the combine (Lorenzo Carter, Leighton Vander Esch) and it adds up to bad news for Evans.
Who knows if that will hurt Evans’ draft stock significantly.
If he does fall into the second round, though, many will likely circle back to his decision not to run.