Here is why Darrynton Evans is the Tennessee Titans rookie to be excited about:
In the last episode of Titans Time, I explained why Darrynton Evans was the rookie I am most excited about for next year.
Tanner Staggs on Darrynton Evans “Once he gets in space he’s really dangerous”
The Tennessee Titans took App. State running back Darrynton Evans in the third round of the NFL Draft (93rd overall). Yes, they did have two selections before this pick, taking Isaiah Wilson and Kristian Fulton, but running back Darrynton Evans is the rookie to be most excited about going into next season.
At 6’6 350 lbs, Isaiah Wilson will provide a big body on the o-line. The Titans will look for Wilson to provide a boost to the run game on the right side of the line. While it is uncertain how things will play out between him and right tackle Dennis Kelley, fans should hope that Wilson can develop into a Pro-Bowl offensive lineman.
Although the Titans spent their first round pick on a tackle, the team’s biggest need going into the draft was at cornerback. After losing Logan Ryan, Tennessee needed to add a young corner capable of locking down opposing receivers.
Kristian Fulton out of LSU is an exceptional talent that could have easily been picked in the first round with no hesitation. The Titans luckily selected Fulton 61st overall which was arguably one of the biggest steals of the draft. Tennessee’s defense puts their hopes on Fulton to be effective as the third cornerback behind Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler.
Isaiah Wilson and Kristian Fulton were both selected before running back Darrynton Evans. You wouldn’t be crazy to assume that they might make more of an immediate impact next season than him as well. But Evans will be the most exciting rookie to watch on the field with his athleticism and versatility.
I explained in the latest episode of Titans Time that Evans slightly reminds me of Chris Johnson. Now don’t look too far into this, in no way am I saying that he is another CJ2K. It would be extremely hard to duplicate that production. With the way Evans finds the endzone when he gets space, though, a comparison could be drawn there. In Evans junior season at App. State he put up 255 rushes for 1,480 yards and 18 touchdowns. This caps off his junior season at 9.4 yards per carry and 1.29 touchdowns per game.
Perhaps one of the best things about Evans is his abilities on special teams. He was consistently a top kick returner in the Sun Belt conference. Throughout his college career Evans returned 3 kicks for touchdowns. This ranks him #4 in the Sun Belt conference for total kick return touchdowns. Expect Evans to make a big impact in the return game and potentially to take over punt return duties as well although he didn’t return punts in college.
Evans will be the perfect compliment to Derrick Henry in the backfield next season. He provides lots of versatility that the Titans will use to their disposal. When a player can do as many things as Evans can and do them well, it is hard to replace. If we never see a long-term Derrick Henry contract, I would look out for Darrynton Evans as a candidate to replace him.