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Report: Colts are Among the Teams that Have Met with Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 21 New Orleans Bowl - Appalachian State v UAB Photo by Bobby McDuffie/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to The Draft Wire’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have met with Appalachian State running back Darrynton Evans ahead of this week’s NFL Draft:

The junior running back ran for 1,480 rushing yards on 255 carries (5.8 ypc. avg.) and 18 touchdowns, as well as amassed 198 receiving yards and 5 touchdown receptions on 21 catches during 14 starts in 2019—becoming the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year and earning All-Sun Belt First Team honors (the latter for a consecutive season).

He also has the special teams versatility to return kickoffs.

Stampede Blue’s Zach Hicks interviewed Evans in early January.

The 5’10”, 203 pound running back recorded a 4.41 forty time, 20 bench press reps, a 37.0 inch vertical, and a broad jump of 125.0 inches. His SPARQ rating (which measures overall athleticism) was in the 84.0% NFL percentile—which is 5th best in his running back draft class.

Evans has excellent speed, burst, elusiveness, and vision in the open field—with added versatility in the receiving game. He has true home run hitting ability out of the backfield.

That being said, he doesn’t tend to break many tackles and isn’t an overly physical runner between the tackles.

Here’s what some draft experts are saying on Evans (and general highlights):

The Colts do not have a glaring hole at running back with starter Marlon Mack and backups Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins playing behind him—which appears to be a deep position.

However, Mack will be a free agent at season’s end, and it’s uncertain if the Colts are interested in re-signing him to a lucrative multi-year deal.

Both Hines and Wilkins are ideally utilized situationally or as part of a platoon system—with differing skill-sets—although the same could be said for Evans, who doesn’t project to be an every down workhorse at the next level.

Evans could be a worthwhile ‘Day 2 or early Day 3’ pick for the Colts as a potential sleeper at this year’s running back position—with the hopes of filling a more down-the-road need.