Linebacker is high on the Buffalo Bills' list of needs heading into next week's NFL Draft.
The team is acting like that's true by hosting some of the top prospects on pre-draft visits. The latest of those is Alabama's Rashaan Evans. Matt Zenitz of al.com reported Monday that Evans will take visits this week with the Bills, Bengals and Saints, bringing to nine the number of teams he's made such stops with.
Evans was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in 2017 after starting 12 games and finishing with 74 tackles, including a team-leading 13 for losses, six sacks and three passes defensed. Evans had to sit behind players like Reuben Foster and former Bills draft pick Reggie Ragland early in his Alabama career, but played as a true freshman in 2014, mostly on special teams. He had two sacks in the 2015 national championship game against Clemson, but still only made two starts in 2016 – both coming in BCS playoff games.
Evans is viewed as a first-round prospect, according to his nfl.com scouting report, and could be an option for the Bills if they keep pick No. 22. Buffalo still does not have an obvious replacement for last year's starting middle linebacker, Preston Brown, on its roster.
The Bills have now used 19 of their allotted 30 pre-draft visits, according to various media reports. Here is the breakdown by position:
- QB: Josh Rosen (UCLA), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Josh Allen (Wyoming)
- RB: Rashaan Perry (San Diego State), Kallen Ballage (Arizona State)
- WR: DJ Chark (LSU), D.J. Moore (Maryland)
- DT: RJ McIntosh (Miami)
- LB/Edge: Uchenna Nwosu (USC)
- LB: Roquan Smith (Georgia), Leighton Van Esch (Boise St.), Fred Warner (BYU), Rashaan Evans (Alabama)
- CB: Denzel Ward (Ohio State), Joshua Jackson (Iowa), Donte Jackson (LSU), Jaire Alexander (Louisville), Duke Dawson (Florida)