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Mark Evans II Drafted by the New Orleans Saints

by Dr. Helen Johnson

UAPB/AM&N National Board Member, Southwest Region

Mark Evan II was drafted by the New Orleans Saints, April 2023.  Mark appeared  in 45 games with 40 starts, primarily at left tackle (LT), for University of Arkansas at  Pine Bluff  He started all ten games at LT in 2022, earning first-team All-SWAC for third consecutive season.

Mark started all ten games at LT in 2021, earning first-team All-SWAC for second consecutive season. He started all five games he played in at LT in the spring, 2021 (2020 season postponed due to COVID-19), helping the Golden Lions reach the SWAC championship game, earning his first of three consecutive first-team All-SWAC selections.

Mark started every game at left tackle in 2019, emerging as one of the league’s top linemen. Offensive line allowed second-fewest sacks in SWAC (18). He helped Tayler Porter become only third player in program history with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Offense posted seven games of 30+ points or more, including back-to-back 50+ point games at Alabama A&M, Sept. 7 and vs. Langston, Sept. 14. Offensive unit posted season-best 614 total yards at Alabama A&M, Sept. 7, one of eight 400+ yard total offense games on season. He started four-of-nine games as a freshman in 2018. Offense produced four 500+-yard total offense games, including season-high 579 vs. Morehouse, Sept. 1. Opened holes for Porter’s career-best 38-carry, 226-yard 3-TD game at Grambling, Oct. 27. Mark participated in the 2023 HBCU Legacy Bowl and the event’s combine which took place at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center…Prepped at C.E. King High School in Houston, Texas.

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the UAPB National Alumni Association salute you for a job well done!