Even in irregular times, the Cincinnati Bengals like to stay consistent.
The early portion of April is usually when we hear a lot of lesser known NFL Draft prospects meet with the team as they’re wrapping up their limited number of draft visits. These are the players that they’ll show interest in when undrafted free agency begins.
UCF linebacker Nate Evans seems like one of those guys. He talked with the Bengals over FaceTime recently, per Justin Melo of The Draft Wire.
#UCF LB Nate Evans has recently held pre-draft meetings over FaceTime with the #Bengals & #Seahawks.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 10, 2020
As a senior for the Knights, Evans was a very productive tackler. He accounted for 12.37% of the defense’s solo tackles and tacked on 13 tackles for loss as well. In a game that Bengals scouts may’ve seen in person, Evans recorded a career-high 17 tackles on the road against the 21st-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats last October.
Being around the ball that much bodes well for Evans’ projection, even if his opportunity will be minimal based on his draft slot. The problem is we don’t have concrete information about Evans’ athleticism. He was not invited to the scouting combine and UCF didn’t have a pro day before they were all cancelled. The Bengals could’ve requested private footage of Evans working out for them, but that would be the only way they could times to fill out for his athletic profile.
Look for Evans’ name when the Bengals start signing undrafted free agents after the draft concludes.