The Buffalo Bills are going to host Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans for a pre-draft visit sometime this week, per AL.com reporter Matt Zenitz. Evans will be the fourth linebacker to visit with the Bills and the third that plays on the inside. Georgia’s Roquan Smith and Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch were the first two visitors who play inside.
Evans has an athletic build, standing at six-foot-three and 234 pounds. He elected not to run the 40-yard dash at both the NFL combine and Alabama’s pro day which concerns some teams.
In his final two seasons as a starter for the Crimson Tide, Evans was among the leaders of Nick Saban’s highly-touted defense. In his junior season, Evans racked up 52 total tackles and four and a half sacks. His final season put him in the first-round conversation with 74 total tackles, six sacks and 13 tackles for loss. His time at Alabama was spent in a 3-4 base defense and would be a learning curve for him to come in as the middle linebacker for a 4-3 base team like the Bills.
Evans is expected to be a late first-round pick and depending on how the draft plays out, he could fall into an early Day two selection.
This visit will be the 19th official pre-draft visits for the Bills where the player can come to the facilities and meet with the staff. Each NFL team is allowed 30 official visits.