Nico Evans was one of 40 participants at the Local Pro Day hosted by the Denver Broncos. Through a variety of drills Evans demonstrated his focus, and attention to detail. Evans’ agility and speed proved just as evident as his power in every drill. But, his most impressive work was in route running and catching. Evans has a natural and smooth change of direction after reception. Paired with an explosive release and speed, Evans put on a show for John Elway and Vic Fangio’s coaching staff.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Evans was an accomplished running back, earning multiple awards at Loyola High School. He was a highly recruited player, with offers from Boise State, Fresno State, San Diego State, and San Jose State. Evans was also a dedicated student and was offered a scholarship by the University of Pennsylvania of the Ivy League.
Instead, Evans opted to play for Craig Bohl at the University of Wyoming. As a Cowboy, he averaged 6.0 yards per carry and was a 3 year starter on special teams. Evans, was recently named to the 2019 Hampshire Honor Society with an overall GPA of 3.36 and graduated with his degree in communications.
Nico Evans is an ideal late round draft pick (5th or 6th) for the Denver Broncos. He would immediately challenge 4th year running back Devontae Booker for the 3rd position on the depth chart behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. While it is assumed by most that Lindsay and Freeman will share carries in 2019, Evans has demonstrated in college that he is an effective third down running back. He is consistent with pass blocking, and could bring a balance to the “thunder and lightning,” currently in the Broncos running backs room. He would also be able to make an immediate impact on the field, playing special teams.
With undrafted Pro Bowl Running Back Phillip Lindsay’s success last year, the Broncos understand that talent can come from anywhere. For now, Evans has to hurry up and wait for the NFL Draft, that starts in 2 weeks.