PRO: The Titans traded up to select Rashaan Evans with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2 inch, 232-pound defender was identified as a playmaker that could immediately bolster the linebacking corps and develop into a leader on defense. At Alabama, Evans tied for a team-leading 74 tackles as a senior while helping the Crimson Tide capture a 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship title.
• In 2017, Evans collected a team-high tying 74 tackles and led the Tide with 13 tackles for loss despite missing two games due to injury. His six sacks as a senior ranked second on the team.
• Upon being drafted by Tennessee, Evans was reunited with former Crimson Tide teammate Derrick Henry. Henry phoned Evans immediately after he was selected with the 22nd pick to congratulate him.
• He has two pregame rituals. Evans prays before each game and pulls grass from the field early in pregame to get a feel for the turf.
• His nickname is ‘Razor, because I cut up.’
• At Alabama, Evans shared the field with his brother, Alex, a member of the Crimson Tide spirit squad.
• He lists his football role model as DeMarcus Ware. “I actually just met him here in Dallas,” Evans said at the 2018 NFL Draft. “It was amazing. He is from Auburn too, but we never met before. It was an amazing moment.”
• Growing up in rural Alabama, Evans would chase wild horses to work on improving his speed and athleticism.
• Evans’ father, Alan, was a star running back at Auburn. Evans’ 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 stuck with his gut and instead chose Alabama.
• The Auburn, Ala., native was selected by the Titans in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
• In four seasons at Alabama (2014-17), Evans appeared in 53 games with 14 starts and totaled 152 tackles, 15.0 sacks, 23.5 tackles for loss, five passes defensed, 19 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He started 14 games over his final two seasons and appeared in three CFP National Championship contests with two victories.
AS A SENIOR (2017), played and started 12 games and tied for the team lead in tackles with 74. He led the Crimson Tide with 13 tackles for loss despite missing a pair of games due to injury. Also posted seven quarterback hurries, six sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Named First Team All-American by the AFCA, Associated Press First Team All-SEC and Second Team All-SEC by conference coaches. Chosen as one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award. Tabbed to the Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch Lists and earned Second Team Preseason All-American recognition by Phil Steele.
• Against Arkansas (10/14), totaled six tackles, a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two quarterback pressures and one forced fumble.
• Against LSU (11/4), posted a season-high 10 tackles and added one sack.
• Against Georgia (1/8/18), recorded eight tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the CFP National Championship win.
AS A JUNIOR (2016), saw action in 14 games with two starts in his first season at inside linebacker, entering the starting lineup after an injury to Shaun Dion Hamilton. Totaled 53 tackles, four sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss, two passes defensed, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
• Against Kentucky (10/1), recorded a then-career-high five tackles, one sack, one quarterback pressure and one forced fumble.
• Against Clemson (1/9/17), set a single-game career-high 11 tackles in the CFP National Championship Game.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2015), saw action in 14 games as outside linebacker and on special teams. Totaled 10 tackles, four sacks, four tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
• Against Clemson (1/11/16), recorded three tackles and both of the Crimson Tide’s sacks in the CFP National Championship victory.
AS A FRESHMAN (2014), appeared in 13 games as a true freshman and totaled 15 tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
• Against Florida Atlantic (9/6), registered two tackles, his first career sack for a 10-yard loss, and one quarterback pressure.
• Graduated from Alabama in December 2017 with a degree in psychology.
• Attended Auburn (Ala.) High School where he became a five-star prospect. Ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 52 overall player by ESPN. Rated as ESPN’s No. 4 player in Alabama and No. 30 player in the Southeast Region. Named First Team 6A All-State by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as a senior, and named ASWA 6A Lineman of the Year.
• As a senior, finished with 77 tackles, 17.5 sacks, five passes defensed, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one blocked punt.
• Son of Chenavis and Alan Evans.
• Evans is the second oldest of five children. He has one younger brother and three sisters.
• List of favorites: (TV show) “Martin”; (movies) “Transformers”; (musicians) Green Day, Boys II Men, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jodeci; (song on his pregame playlist) “No Heart” by 21 Savage; (athlete as a child) LeBron James; (food) chicken fettuccine; and (guilty pleasure) cheesecake.
• Follow Evans on Twitter @616evans4 and Instagram at @r.blade_.
• Born Alan Rashaan Evans on Nov. 8, 1995 in Auburn, Ala.