Portage grad Evans signs with Dolphins
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent April 29, 2012 11:28PM
Updated: June 1, 2012 8:14AM
Albert Evans is heading to the NFL.
The 2008 Portage graduate and former Purdue safety signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
Even when you’re looking for a job in the NFL, it doesn’t hurt to know someone.
“I was in contact with (Miami Dolphins defensive backs coach) Lou Anarumo a few times,” said Evans. Anarumo held the same position at Purdue for the duration of Evans’ college career before moving to the Dolphins in February. “They needed a safety so I was able to get in.”
Evans started in all 13 games for Purdue in the 2011 season, making 73 tackles with two interceptions and four pass breakups.
“I knew, coming out of this season, that I did have some draft stock,” he said. “But my pro day showing wasn’t the best; that took my stock down. I was looking at free agency after that.”
Not being one of the 253 players selected during the weekend draft didn’t faze Evans.
“To everyone else out there who’s watching it on TV, they’re looking for your name,” he said. “As a player, you just want your phone to ring, whether it’s in the first round or in free agency.”
About 30 minutes after the draft ended, Evans phone rang.
“That was the most exciting part,” said Evans, who was still fielding congratulatory phone calls from family members during the interview.
Rookie minicamp is the next step for Evans, who will fly down to Miami on Thursday. After spending the last few months training in California, Evans said he’s just happy that he can get back to playing football.
“It’s been awhile,” he said. “You work on all of those different drills to train for the combine and your pro day. You’re not doing football drills. Now, it’s back to football. I just have to perform and show them I belong.”
He also said he’s excited to be reunited with Anarumo in Miami.
“There’s a huge comfort level,” he said. “We had a real good relationship in college. I can go in and I’ll have someone there that I know and that I’ve spent a lot of time with.”
But even the luxury of a familiar coach won’t guarantee Evans a roster spot—a reality he recognized.
“I know it’s a business and I know you can be cut or waived at any time, whether you were drafted or not,” he said. “I just have to show them that I can play and try to earn a spot.”