One season is all Jerod Evans needed to turn pro. The Virginia Tech quarterback declared for the NFL Draft on Monday one year removed from junior college.
— Jérod Evans4️⃣ (@rodfor6_) January 2, 2017
Evans’ journey to this point has been a long one. He initially started his collegiate career at Air Force but a torn ACL set him back in 2013. He then transferred to Trinity Valley Community College (Tex.) playing two seasons before transferring to Virginia Tech under first-year head coach Justin Fuente.
He completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 3,552 yards with 29 touchdowns against eight interceptions in 14 starts. He also added 846 yards on the ground, setting the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He had an impressive 12 rushing touchdowns.
Evans capped his collegiate career leading the Hokies to victory in the Belk Bowl after trailing 24-0 at halftime. He had his hands on four of the Hokies’ five touchdowns in the second half as they scored 35 unanswered to top Arkansas 35-24. He finished the game completing 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Evans has not been included in most top rankings of quarterback prospects for the 2017 NFL Draft in large to many expecting him to return for his final year of eligibility. But, in recent days following the Belk Bowl there were reports of him thinking of forgoing his senior season and heading to the NFL.
Right now there are four names that consistently are ranked at the top of majority draft analysis list at quarterback — Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina, Deshaun Watson of Clemson, DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame, and Brad Kaaya of Miami. After that there is jumble of middle-to-late round prospects. With strong outings in his pro day, meetings, and possibly the combine, Evans has an opportunity of going from relative unknown to a quick riser on NFL teams’ draft boards. One can safely speculate that factor is one of the main reasons for the jump by Evans.