After one of the oddest collegiate careers in recent Badger memory, wide receiver/safety hybrid Tanner McEvoy will reportedly sign with the Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. McEvoy's high school, Bergen Catholic, first reported the news, with Pro Football Focus also noting the signing on Saturday.
An outstanding athletic specimen, McEvoy offers an intriguing blend of size and athleticism, and the open mindedness to switch positions, as he didn't really know what position he would play at the next level during his preparation for the NFL. At his pro day, McEvoy stated that: "Some teams are looking at me at receiver, and a bunch at safety, that center field position."
McEvoy, despite not running a 40 yard dash, surely cultivated interest from his pro day work out, posting an outstanding 6.84 three cone drill, impressive for someone half a foot and fifty pounds less than McEvoy, much less at his 6'6" 228 pound frame.
In his senior season, McEvoy caught 10 passes for 109 yards, while rushing for 132 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns on the offensive of the ball. Defensively, however, is where he made his greater mark, leading the team with six interceptions and helping UW's defense rank seventh in passing yards allowed with 42 tackles.
Though Pro Football Focus noted McEvoy was one of its three intriguing safety prospects, no confirmation of what position he'll initially play for Seattle has been given. Regardless, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll will find a way to utilize his talents to the fullest extent.