With the 118th pick in the NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Akayleb Evans in the 4th Round. Evans becomes the first Missouri Tiger to be selected in this year’s draft.
TX > OK > MO > MN !— Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) April 30, 2022
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Exited and ready to work #Skol https://t.co/qFrdt5gzoE— Akayleb Evans (@AkaylebEvans) April 30, 2022
In his lone season as a grad transfer at Mizzou, Evans produced a successful campaign with a career high 25 solo tackles and two forced fumbles, along with six pass deflections. Evans also recorded his first career interception in Mizzou’s season opening win against Central Michigan.
Mizzou had gone three rounds without a player selected, and that doesn’t usually happen for this program.
This is just the third time Missouri hasn't had a player taken in the first three rounds since 2008. Also happened in 2016, 2018— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 30, 2022
With Evans getting drafted, he becomes the first Missouri cornerback to be selected since EJ Gaines in 2014, and the third CB since 1984.
Evans is the first Mizzou CB drafted since EJ Gaines in 2014 and just the third since 1984. https://t.co/Unf5OKalqv— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) April 30, 2022
With Evans officially off the board, we have now moved on to Tyler Badie watch. Stay tuned. Good luck in Minnesota, Akayleb!