Bills Meet Pair of Appalachian State Prospects ahead of NFL Draft


With the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine in the books, more details about Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott’s work there starts to come out. Per source, Buffalo has met two intriguing Appalachian State prospects in linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither and running back Darrynton Evans.

According to the source, Davis-Gaither met with the team at both the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, while Evans met with the team at the Combine and has been frequently in contact with a coach on the Bills staff since. An advantage the Bills have in the evaluation of players from Appalachian State is the inside information available through Bills QB Coach Ken Dorsey, who spent a brief period there.

Akeem Davis-Gaither – LB (6’1″, 224 lbs)

Davis-Gaither had a highly productive five-year college career, totaling 258 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 18 passes defended (with one interception), two forced fumbles, 36 stops (27 run, nine coverage) and one blocked field goal, earning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year honors. He competed in the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, where he bench pressed 225 lbs 21 times.

Built like a modern day linebacker with old-school aggressiveness. Put him at WILL in a 4-3 and let him torment opposing offenses for years – Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2), Cover 1 Draft Analyst

Darrynton Evans – RB (5’10”, 203 lbs)

He is entering the 2020 NFL Draft after a successful junior season, where he produced 2,064 all-purpose yards with 1,480 rushing, 198 as a receiver, and 386 on kickoff returns. His 22 carries for 15 or more yards was the 13th-best mark in the nation in 2019. He also forced 49 missed tackles and generated 761 yards after contact, according to Pro Football Focus.

Add his impressive showing at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and you have a true on-the-rise prospect. At 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds, Evans was the second-fastest running back with a 4.41 40-yard dash. Add his 125-inch broad jump, 37-inch vertical, and 20 bench press reps, and you have an explosive weapon out of the backfield.

Athletic slasher who always has the threat to break off a big run. Fits almost any NFL offense with his versatility and willingness to do the dirty work – Zach Hicks (@ZachHicks2), Cover 1 Draft Analyst