When the 2012 NFL Draft ended, there was a sense of accomplishment and relief among fans of the Miami Dolphins. General manager Jeff Ireland and head coach Joe Philbin had crafted a seemingly successful draft, and the Dolphins had filled several holes on the roster, while positioning the team for long term success with the drafting of Ryan Tannehill to be the team's "franchise" quarterback. But, while fans and the media seemed to relax with the ending of the Draft, the Dolphins were just getting started.
The team quickly added a dozen undrafted free agents (UDFAs), signing them quickly and going after the guys they wanted. One of those guys was Purdue safety Albert Evans. Originally projected as a late round pick, Evans slipped off of draft boards after a less than stellar Pro Day workout.
While the Dolphins weren't willing to draft the 6'0", 209 lbs. safety, they did not let him slip off the radar, making one of the first UDFAs to sign with the team. To get a better idea of what Albert Evans brings to the Dolphins, let's see what BoilermarkerMadey from Hammer & Rails, the SB Nation Purdue blog, has to say about him:
"Evans had a nice career for the Boilermakers, starting his Junior and Senior seasons at Safety and helping lead Purdue to its first bowl game since 2008. His college playing days began in 2008. After playing Safety in high school, Albert moved to Linebacker during his Freshman year in West Lafayette. Unfortunately, he saw little action that year. Although he appeared in 11 games for Purdue, he recorded only two tackles on the year as a special teams reserve.
"By his sophomore season in 2009, Evans moved back to the Safety position, where he saw more playing time as a reserve at Defensive Back and special teams. After appearing in all 12 games that season, Albert managed to rack up 30 tackles, including 24 solo stops.
"It wasn't until 2010, though, that Evans had his breakthough moments. After finally winning the starting job at Safety, the Junior record a solid season by putting up 37 total tackles--including 24 solos and 4 tackles for loss--2 quarterback sacks, 1 interception, 2 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery in 10 games.
"Finally, during his Senior campaign last year, Albert appeared in and started in all 13 games for Purdue--including the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl--on route to conducting a very solid season as a veteran in Purdue's defensive backfield. Last year Evans recorded 73 total tackles (52 solo, 2.5 for loss), 2 interceptions and 4 pass breakups.
"Although he was snubbed for All-Big Ten Conference honors in 2011, Number 32 was an integral part of finally leading Purdue to a bowl game again and adding experience and leadership to the Purdue defense. His career totals in West Lafayette stand at 142 total tackles (100 solo tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss), 2 sacks, 3 interceptions, 8 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery.
"After completing his four year career at Purdue, it was time for Evans to move on to the next level of his game."
BoilermakerMadey also gives a rundown of Albert Evans' Pro Day, so make sure you head over to see exactly what his measurables were.
You can follow Evans on Twitter at @Shwaggin32