Scouting Report: Lee Evans

Productive collegiate pass catcher coming off a pair of knee surgeries. Efficient and sound in all elements of the game.

Full Name: Lee Evans School: Wisconsin

Ht: 5-10 Wt: 180 40: 4.51 Number: 3

Bio:

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.

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