For the fourth-straight year, ONLY GATORS Get Out Alive continues our coverage of the 10 former Florida Gators participating in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
The event, which is held for six days from Feb. 20-26, consists of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance (including coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staffs) look on and evaluate each of them. It amounts to the final job interview these athletes will participate in before the 2013 NFL Draft commences on April 25.
Safeties Matt Elam (Group: 10 | Camp: DB12) and Josh Evans (Group: 10 | Camp: DB13) concluded their four days at the combine on Tuesday by competing in the full workout (results below).
Check out Tuesday’s results from the 2013 NFL Combine…after the break!
Safety Matt Elam (Group: 10 | Camp: DB12)
Height: 5’9 7/8″ | Weight: 208 lbs.
Arm length: 32 5/8″ | Hand size: 9″
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds (fifth-fastest)
20-yard shuttle / 60-yard shuttle: Did not participate
Three-cone drill: Did not participate
Vertical jump: 35.5″ | Broad jump: 118.0″
Bench press: 17 reps of 225 lbs.
Overview: A versatile, hard-hitting safety who also spent time at Florida playing nickel cornerback, Elam can do anything and everything asked of him on the football field. In addition to being a fantastic defender who can suffocate players in coverage and knock them out of the game with his hits, he has the speed to make a major impact on special teams as a gunner and more than enough athleticism and field vision to return kicks if asked to do so by the team that drafts him. Widely considered to be the second-best safety on the board, Elam has a great chance to be a first-round pick as teams salivate at all of the options he would provide by being on their roster.
Strengths: Versatility, athleticism, speed, strength / power, hands
Weaknesses: Urgency, body tackling, height
Safety Josh Evans (Group: 10 | Camp: DB13)
Height: 6’1 1/8″ | Weight: 207 lbs.
Arm length: 31 7/8″ | Hand size: 10″
40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds (eighth-fastest)
20-yard shuttle: 4.10 seconds (fifth-fastest) | 60-yard shuttle: Did not participate
Three-cone drill: 6.64 seconds (fastest)*
Vertical jump: 34.5″ | Broad jump: 123.0″ (ninth-longest)
Bench press: Did not participate (elbow)
Overview: A two-year starter who made huge strides during his senior season, Evans led Florida in tackles in 2012 and was a leader for one of the top defenses in the country. Lined up next to Elam, Evans did not flash the same playmaking ability or athleticism as his counterpart but still made his fair share of plays and proved that he can be a difference maker in the backfield. Teams have placed different values on Evans and his draft position remains up in the air, but a fantastic showing on Tuesday certainly strengthened his stock. He will look to improve it even more at Florida’s Pro Day on March 12.
Strengths: Physicality, flexibility, quickness, ball skills, coverage, tackling
Weaknesses: Strength / power, natural movement, reaction time
* Evans’s three-cone drill time was the fastest among defensive backs and third-fastest overall.