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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Alex Evans, TE, Catholic University

alex evans 1Every year, NFL Draft Diamonds brings our readers the best in depth interviews on the internet. We specialize in giving players an opportunity to showcase their talents on our website. We conducted interviews last year with over 300 plus players. We want you to enjoy our interviews, because when these young men are in the league, we will not be surprised, and neither should you. 

What is your name?

Alex Evans

What is your Height/Weight?

6’5″ 252lbs

What is your position?

TE

What school did you play for?

Washington & Lee U & Catholic U.

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

5-6 Most Ivy Leagues, Georgetown & W&L.

How did you choose your school?

I really liked the feeling at Washington & Lee. At the time I never thought about playing at the next level after college because I wasn’t even 200lbs at the time, so I figured “Why not go to a smaller school and get to play all 4 years?”

Where are you from?

Ashburn, VA

Who is your role model, and why?

My mother, she’s always done everything I’ve ever needed and more. She’s worked her regular job plus tutoring kids for the SAT/school on the side to help pay for school and everything for me growing up so I could just focus on school and football. I wouldn’t even need one hand to count the games of mine she’s missed since little league football and basketball through college.

Have any scouts met with you yet, and if so what are they saying?

I haven’t talked to any since last year, where they said I had great hands and body control but need to work on my size and speed. But since then, I’ve put on 10lbs of muscle and dropped my 40 by .2s.

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I played basketball, lacrosse, and threw shot & discus my senior year.

alex evansDid you play any other positions in football?

I played DE in high school, and have also learned to long snap this past year.

At your position, what separates you from others?

My hands and ability to catch the ball.

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

I try get a feel for the defensive end and how he plays, is he shooting gaps, or playing through shoulders, etc. And then watch the LBs/S that would be covering me and their tendencies

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?

Jason Witten, he’s not the biggest or fastest guy, but plays hard and always comes through with good hands when they need him. We’re very similar in stature and speed. So I like watching him and picking up on his little moves to get positioning in the run game and separation in the pass game.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I just put my headphones in and study my packet for the week. I like to go try out the turf and catch some balls before warmups but that’s about it.

What is your biggest strength?

My intelligence and hands.

What is your biggest weakness?

I wouldn’t mind being a step faster in the 40.

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

You won’t find a player that is more willing to learn and work to improve as a football player.

Who was your favorite player and NFL team growing up?

I honestly wasn’t a huge NFL fan, I was much more into Virginia Tech football because a ton of my family went there and I lived there for a few years while my mom went back to get her Master’s degree.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

I’m very interested in sustainable living and permaculture so I would definitely say Geoff Lawton, Jacques Fresco and then maybe Nikola Tesla to get some insight on energy.

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