Scouting Report: Lee Evans

Since coming to Madison, Barry Alvarez has turned the Wisconsin program around and is now putting a steady stream of quality players and first round selections into the NFL Draft. A knee injury notwithstanding, Lee Evans will be the next in that line.

Full Name: Lee  Evans       School: Wisconsin

Ht: 5-10        Wt: 180         40: 4.41

Year: 4Sr        Number: 3

Stats/ Bio:  

2001: Second-team All-American and consensus first-team All-Big Ten selection.  Set Big Ten record for receiving yards in a season and ranked third nationally with 75/1545/20.6/9.  Led Big Ten and ranked fourth nationally 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).  Eclipsed school's previous season receiving yardage mark by a remarkable 625 yards and became school's career leader in receiving yardage (2,255), surpassing former New York Jet Al Toon's 17-year-old record.

2000: Team's second-leading receiver with 33/634/19.2/4.  Academic All-Big Ten.

1999: Caught three passes for a 25.3-yard average and one score, a 64-yard reception against Ball State.

Scouting Report:

The Good:   Natural pass catcher with great football instinct and a productive wide out two years running. Uses solid hand technique getting off jams at the line of scrimmage, extends and consistently catches the pass away from his frame.  Makes the reception in stride, adjusting nicely to the throw running full speed and always displays excellent concentration and coordination, looking the ball into his hands.  Stretches the defense down the flanks or goes over the middle, extending in a crowd, then making the tough catch in traffic.  Uses the sidelines well, gets up vertically and times his catches correctly, grabbing the pass at its' highest point.  Plays to his timed forty speed.  Continually improving as a route runner.  Very much a "go-to" guy on the same page as his quarterback and a reliable receiver that finds a way to get the job done.  

The Bad:  Not strong and has difficulty going up against bigger opponents.   Suffered a major knee injury during spring practice and though he claims he'll  play this year, his season is still up in the air.  

The Skinny:   Tough call; impressive on film since he was a sophomore and justifiably Wisconsin's best pure receiver since Al Toon but factoring in the lack of great size, the knee injury and the amount of underclassmen talent that may be available next April, his best bet would be to take a redshirt season.

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