The Titans have some pretty solid players at linebacker. Especially when it comes to guys like Brian Orakpo, Wesley Woodyard, Avery Williamson, and Derrick Morgan. However, Orakpo and Woodyard are both getting older and Avery Williamson is a pending free agent. At times, the Titans struggled to get to the quarterback from guys not on the defensive line and they have really struggled with pass coverage over the middle of the field. Rashaan Evans from Alabama just may be the guy who can take over the defense in the middle of the field for the Titans. Here’s three reasons why.
- Rashaan Evans spent all four years at Alabama playing under Nick Saban and two former defensive coordinators who are now SEC head coaches (Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt). For four years, Evans played under some of the smartest minds in the game of football and has gained a wealth of knowledge. Alabama is very team-first oriented when it comes to football, and that is exactly what Jon Robinson looks for in a player. Robinson looks for smart, dependable, tough, team-first oriented players and that is exactly what Rashaan Evans is.
2. Evans is very good at rushing the quarterback. On just 106 pass rushes last season, Evans had 29 total quarterback pressures ranking him 3rd among all FBS linebackers. Of all the linebackers in college football last year, Evans ranked 1st when it came to highest pass-rush productivity, according to Pro Football Focus.
3. Coming into the NFL, Rashaan Evans was basically the quarterback for the defense of the Crimson Tide. With him as the captain for the defending national champions, their defense was ranked #1 in the country. The Crimson Tide also ranked 6th in pass defense, which is an area the Titans need to improve. Bringing in a guy who was the quarterback of a defense who was top six in two big time categories is something that could really spark the Titans’ defense for next year, and a long time to come.