Full Name: Lee Evans School: Wisconsin
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40: 4.51 Number: 3
2002: Redshirted after sustaining a left knee injury in 2002 spring game.
Had surgery on May 22 and again on Nov. 22.
2001: Started 12 games earning All-America honors, setting a Big Ten
record for receiving yards in a season with 1,545, which ranked third
nationally. Led the Big Ten in receiving yards per game with 128.8. Set school
records for receptions in a season (75), touchdown receptions in a season (tied
with nine), and 100-yard receiving games in a season (eight). Became the
school's career leader in receiving yardage (2,255), surpassing former NFL
standout Al Toon's 17-year-old record.
2000: Team's second-leading receiver with 33 catches for 634 yards.
First-time honoree for Academic All-Big Ten.
The Good: Productive collegiate pass catcher coming off a pair of knee
surgeries. Efficient and sound in all elements of the game. Uses solid hand
technique getting off jams at the line of scrimmage, extends and looks the pass
into his hands. Adjusts to make the errant reception, keeps the play in bounds
and works hard. Comes back to the pass, displays focus and concentration as well
as timing. Lays out in a crowd to make the tough catch. Makes the deep reception
on occasion. Reliable with good football instinct.
The Bad: Lacks the strong hands. Does not possess the top end speed or
second gear. Not a big bodied pass catcher. Tore his knee in April of 2002,
which required surgery then needed a second procedure in November.
The Skinny: Evans could well be the best receiver to come out of Madison
since Al Toon. After considering entering the draft of 2001 after his junior
campaign, Evans returned for a big senior season only to tear his knee and spend
2002 on the sidelines. He's not one that passes the eyeball test yet is a pure
receiver and natural football player. While he is the "go to" guy at
Wisconsin and should be a number one receiver in the NFL, he may never be an
ultra-productive professional and may require a big-bodied teammate playing on
the other side from him.
Scouting Report: Lee Evans
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