We were all shocked when Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans decided to forgo a final season in Blacksburg and declare for the NFL Draft.
Everything was in place for the former JUCO passer to come back, light up the stat sheet one more time and elevate his status among NFL talent evaluators.
Instead, Evans decided to take a gamble, and three days before the draft is set to start, it looks like he made the wrong decision.
Evans name hasn't come up in quarterback conversations over the last month. While names like Nathan Peterman, Josh Dobbs and Patrick Mahomes gain late steam, Evans remains invisible.
"I don't know why Evans came out this year," NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock told Richmond.com. "I'm only commenting on pure football, and from a pure football perspective, he's not ready for the NFL. He's highly inconsistent from an accuracy perspective and I feel like he needed at least one more year. And I don't think he's going to get drafted."
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Daniel Jeremiah, another draft expert from the NFL Network, said he spoke to league executives at the end of the college football season about ACC players who might declare and Evans' name didn't come up.
"We talked about Isaiah Ford. We talked about some of the players from Miami. Evans' name never even came up. I was kind of blindsided when he came out. I was kind of shocked."
Right now, CBS has Evans listed as a projected 7th round pick or undrafted free agent. There's a solid chance he will get a chance to prove himself in a NFL camp, but that's probably the ceiling.
This could very well become one of the worst decisions when it comes to a college player leaving early. I'm rooting for Evans, but think it will be a tough road ahead.