PROS: Easy acceleration and he gets to top gear in a hurry. Fluid change of direction ability with exciting exclusiveness. Has the flexibility to weave through the defense and he breaks his share of pursuit angles. Dangerous space player with a history of contributions in the return game. Homerun threat due to his breakaway speed. Proven able to handle a heavy workload. Feet are active and he competes hard for extra yardage despite not being the most powerful of runners. Willing participant in pass protection. Flashy as a receiver but wish there was more production to evaluate.
CONS: Lack of comfort shows when there is traffic around his feet. Arm tackles affect him and he isn’t much of a tackle breaker. Doesn’t do much to leverage gaps and make his blocks right - often takes too wide of angles to the hole and they need to be tighter. Vision between the tackles in spotty. Doesn’t have a great feel for finding or creating cutback opportunities. Can be too patient pressing the line of scrimmage and gaps diminish. Contributions as a receiver will be important for his role at the next level and development is needed in that area given his elementary usage in that capacity in college.
BEST TRAIT - Shiftiness
WORST TRAIT - Vision, Power
RED FLAGS - None
Appalachian State running back Darryton Evans is an explosive runner with plenty of juice and wiggle that makes him a dangerous threat in space with home run hitting potential. He is an ideal complement to a stable of backs that is in need of a space player with return upside. With that said, his spotty vision and slow processing skills present some challenges forecasting him to a heavy workload that features touches as an inside runner. Condensed, heavy traffic areas reveal discomfort from Evans and his power to win through contact is modest. Big play potential is always a welcomed trait for an NFL team, but Evans doesn’t come without restrictions.