Rookie offensive lineman Bobby Evans played some big-time football at the University of Oklahoma.
He started at both right and left tackle protecting future No. 1 overall draft picks in quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, played in two College Football Playoffs, and became one of four Sooner offensive linemen selected in the first four rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
"We pushed each other each and every day, our coach didn't allow anything less," Evans said in his opening press conference as a pro. "We held each other to a really high standard, and as far as off the field we were never late, we didn't have any misses or anything like that, so we pretty much led the team."
Now at the rookie ranks year one in L.A., Evans gave his first impression of taking the practice field with O-line giants like veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth and his right tackle counterpart Rob Havenstein.
"I know that I respect their game and those are some big ol' dudes, like 6-foot-6, 6-foot-7," Evans said. "I respect them a lot and I know they've been playing ball a while, so just to learn from them is a good experience."
The Los Angeles Rams select Oklahoma offensive lineman Bobby Evans with the 97th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Oklahoma product is certainly a "big ol' dude" in his own right, listed at 6-foot-5, and weighing 313 pounds. But it wasn't really the size of 6-foot-7, 335-pound Whitworth and the gang that that caught Evans off guard on Day 1. Instead it was running drills in his navy and white practice gear next to some particularly recognizable names on the defensive side of the ball.
"It is what I expected because I expected them to be bigger and stronger and faster and things like that," Evans said. "Coming out and being on the same field as these guys like Aaron Donald and all those guys, it's crazy. Like, 'Wow these guys are superstars, but I'm on the same field as them.' So it's been a pretty cool experience."
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