NASHVILLE – The Titans have agreed to terms with running back Darrynton Evans .
Evans was selected in the third round (93rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Appalachian State.
A 5-foot-10, 205-pounder, Evans posted 4,642 all-purpose yards at Appalachian State, with 34 career touchdowns. In 2019, Evans produced 2,064 all-purpose yards with 1,480 rushing, 198 as a receiver and 386 on kickoff returns.
Evans ran a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, which was second among all running backs. Evans said he was once clocked at a 4.36 while on campus at Appalachian State.
Following the NFL Draft, Titans General Manager Jon Robinson and head coach Mike Vrabel said they like the thought of using Evans in a number of ways, from running the ball to playing him in the return game.
"He is certainly good with the ball in his hands," Robinson said of Evans. "He is a different style runner obviously than Derrick (Henry), but he is certainly good when you hand him the ball. He's got make-miss (ability), he gets through a hole quick and he has explosive speed. … He is a speed back, catches out of the backfield, has some return value."
Evans was a two-time Sun Belt Championship Game MVP and MVP of the 2019 New Orleans Bowl. He was also a two-time All-Sun Belt first team and was the Sun Belt's Offensive Player of the Year in 2019 after leading the league in rushing in 2018. He also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, and he racked up 1,439 yards on kickoff returns in his career, along with 319 yards as a receiver.
He totaled 11 runs of at least 50 yards in his final two seasons, and he also set school records for most career rushes without a fumble (482) and single-season rushes without a fumble (255 in 2019).
After being picked by the Titans, Evans said he's a big fan of his new teammates, Derrick Henry, who was the NFL's leading rusher from a year ago.
"(Derrick) is a big back, and he has some speed on him, too," Evans said. "A lot of people, when they try and tackle him, they have to make a business decision on if they want to (hit) him high or hit him low. Add me to that, and I can change the pace of the game … if you need a quick play, any kind of explosive play, I feel like I can get the job done, and we can be a great combination. I feel like I can help take the load off (Derrick) a little bit and help add my twist to the game as well.
"He does a lot of great things, and I can't wait to learn (from Derrick). I want to talk to him and pick his brain and just try and compete and be the best that we can be for the Titans."
Titans rookies are scheduled to report for the start of training camp on Thursday. The Titans have now reached contract agreements with four of their six draft picks from the 2020 NFL Draft: Evans (3rd round), DL Larrell Murchison (5th round), QB Cole McDonald (7th round) and DC Chris Jackson (7th round).
First-round Isaiah Wilson and second-round pick Kristian Fulton remain unsigned.
The Titans select Appalachian State RB Darrynton Evans in third round (93rd overall) of 2020 NFL Draft. (AP Photos)