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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Cornerback Akayleb Evans

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added two cornerbacks to their roster in the 2022 NFL Draft, the second of which was Akayleb Evans.

The redshirt senior from McKinney, Texas, was tabbed in the fourth round with the 118th overall pick after Minnesota traded up. He is listed at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds on his bio page.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings 2022 fourth-round draft pick.

1. Missouri Man

Evans spent the final season of his college career at Missouri, where he appeared in 11 games with eight starts.

He recorded 30 total tackles (27 solo) with a tackle for loss, one interception, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Evans' strong season helped him get an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

2. The right traits

Evans has plenty of size, as his frame is now among the bigger cornerbacks on the Vikings roster.

Standing at 6-foot-2, Evans is tied with Cameron Dantzler for being the tallest cornerback for Minnesota.

And his weight is tied with Patrick Peterson for being the heaviest cornerback on the team.

Vikings national scout Chisom Opara said Evans' size is a plus to his game.

"Obviously, his size and length stand out right away," Opara said. "He's got some speed to go with that. We watched him through the process, he's a guy that impressed us as scouts."

3. From Tulsa to Mizzou

Evans spent the first three seasons of his career at Tulsa before transferring to Missouri.

He played in 30 career games at Tulsa. Evans redshirted in 2019 after suffering a season-ending shoulder injury three games into the season.

Evans explained his decision to transfer shortly after getting drafted.

"I had graduated from Tulsa and was looking to get into sports management," Evans said. "But Tulsa didn't have that. My position coach (Aaron Fletcher) had also left and went to Missouri, so that played a factor.

"And playing in the SEC was another level of competition," Evans added. "All of that factored into my decision."

View photos of Missouri CB Akayleb Evans who was selected No. 118 overall in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

4. He's got some hops

Evans performed well at the combine, especially in the jumping events.

His broad jump of 10 feet, 9 inches was the second-best among all cornerbacks, trailing only Zyon McCollum of Sam Houston State.

Evans also fared well in the vertical jump, where his mark of 36 inches tied for fifth among players at his position.

Evans also showed off his wheels, too, clocking in at 4.46 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

5. SEC ties at No. 118

As mentioned above, Evans was selected with the 118th overall pick, from which Minnesota had not chosen since the 2012 draft.

The player picked a decade ago was also from the SEC, as wide receiver Jarius Wright played at Arkansas.

Overall, Evans was the sixth overall player Minnesota has picked at that spot in team history, a group that includes cornerback Tyrone Carter back in 2000 from the University of Minnesota.