|Born:||November 8, 1995|
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Auburn (Auburn, Alabama)|
|NFL Draft:||2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 22|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2021|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Alan Rashaan Evans (born November 8, 1995) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent. He played college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
A native of Auburn, Alabama, Evans attended Auburn High School, where he was teammates with Reuben Foster. He finished with 77 tackles (including 43 tackles for loss) and 17.5 sacks as a senior in high school, while adding five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. He was recognized as first team ASWA 6A All-State selection as a junior in 2012 and also played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game. Evans was a five-star outside linebacker according to 247Sports, rated the eleventh best player in the country; the number one outside linebacker in the country; and the second highest recruit from the state of Alabama behind fellow Alabama commit Marlon Humphrey. He was recognized as an Under Armour All-American in 2014.
Evans played college football at the University of Alabama. As a true freshman, Evans played on special teams in 13 games with 15 tackles (two for loss) and one sack. As a sophomore, Evans again mostly played as a special teamer and reserve outside linebacker in 2015, though his two sacks against Clemson in the national championship victory that season put him on many scouts' radars. Evans was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2017, starting 12 games, tying for the team lead with 74 tackles, leading the team with 13 tackles for loss, making six sacks, and breaking up three passes. In the team's two playoff games in 2016 (his only starts of the year), Evans made 18 tackles from an inside linebacker position. He had 53 total for the year, including four sacks, six quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble in 14 games. He started 14 games over his final two seasons and appeared in three CFP National Championship contests with two victories.
Evans graduated from Alabama in December 2017 with a degree in psychology.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump|
|6 ft 1+7⁄8 in
|4.36 s||6.95 s||30 in
|9 ft 8 in|
|All values from NFL Combine|
The Tennessee Titans selected Evans in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Evans was the fifth linebacker drafted in 2018.
On May 15, 2018, the Titans signed Evans to a four-year, $11.7 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $6.59 million.
Throughout training camp, Evans competed to be a starting inside linebacker against Will Compton and Jayon Brown. Head coach Mike Vrabel named Evans a backup inside linebacker to start the regular season, behind Wesley Woodyard and Will Compton.
Evans was inactive for the season-opening 27-20 road loss to the Miami Dolphins because of a hamstring injury. During Week 3 agaginst the Jacksonville Jaguars, Evans made his first career start, as well as his first career tackle in the 9-6 road victory. In Week 13, Evans collected a season-high eight combined tackles (six solo) during a 26-22 victory against the New York Jets.
Evans finished his rookie season with 53 combined tackles (33 solo) and a pass deflection in 15 games and seven starts.
During a Week 4 24-10 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Evans made 10 combined tackles and was credited with half a sack after he sacked Matt Ryan with teammate Isaiah Mack. Two weeks later against the Denver Broncos, Evans recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the 16-0 shoutout road loss. In the next game against the Los Angeles Chargers, he recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the 23-20 victory. The following week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Evans recorded a team-high 11 tackles in the 27-23 victory. During Week 10 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Evans recorded his first full sack on Patrick Mahomes and recovered a fumble forced by teammate David Long Jr. on running back Damien Williams and returned it for a 53-yard touchdown in the 35–32 victory. During a Week 12 42-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Evans recorded three tackles and a sack.
Evans finished his second professional season with 111 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 16 games and starts. The Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9–7 record and received a wildcard playoff berth. In the Wildcard Round against the New England Patriots, Evans recorded a team-high 10 tackles in the 20-13 road victory. In the Divisional Round against the Baltimore Ravens, he recorded seven tackles in the 28-12 road victory.
During the season-opener against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Evans was ejected for throwing a punch at tight end Jake Butt in the first quarter of the 16-14 road victory. Two weeks later against the Minnesota Vikings, Evans recorded seven tackles and recovered a fumble forced by teammate Johnathan Joseph in the narrow 31-30 road victory. During a Week 5 42-16 victory over the Buffalo Bills, Evans recorded a team-high eight tackles. During a Week 9 24-17 victory over the Chicago Bears, Evans recorded four tackles and was credited with half a sack when he sacked Nick Foles with teammate DaQuan Jones. Two weeks later against the Baltimore Ravens, he recorded a team-high nine tackles in the 30-24 overtime road victory.
Evans finished the 2020 season with 96 tackles, 0.5 sacks, a fumble recovery, and a career-high five pass deflections in 16 games and starts. The Titans finished atop the AFC South with an 11-5 record and rqualified for the playoffs. In the Wildcard Round against the Ravens, Evans recorded nine tackles in the 20-13 loss.
The Titans declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Evans' contract on May 3, 2021, making him a free agent after the 2021 season.
During a Week 7 27-3 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs, Evans recorded his first NFL interception off of Patrick Mahomes and recovered a fumble forced by teammate Matthias Farley. However, Evans missed the next five games due to an ankle injury. In his first game back from injury, Evans recorded six tackles and his second interception of the season during a Week 14 20-0 shutout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Two weeks later against the San Francisco 49ers, Evans recorded a team-high seven tackles and forced a fumble in the 20-17 victory.
Evans finished the 2021 season with 57 tackles, two interceptions, two pass deflections, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in 12 games and 11 starts.
Evans is the second oldest of five children. He has one younger brother and three sisters. His father, Alan, was a running back at Auburn, and his mother, Chenavis, received four degrees from Auburn, including her doctorate. Evans' older sister was a cheerleader at Auburn, and, despite the family ties including his cousins attending Auburn, Evans chose to attend Alabama. Growing up in rural Alabama, Evans would chase wild horses to work on improving his speed and athleticism.