Boise State wide receiver Octavius Evans has declared for the 2022 NFL Draft and will not return for a final season with the Broncos.
Evans had an extra year of eligibility remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the 2020 season, but will instead pursue a professional career.
The 6-foot-1 Evans tied for second on the team with 34 catches this past season for 409 yards and two touchdowns. For his career Evans had 74 catches for 816 yards and six touchdowns.
“I would like to thank my parents, sisters, and brothers for sacrifices and everything to make sure I get a shot at my dream,” Evans wrote on Instagram. “Family is what keeps me going. Lastly, I would like to thank my teammates and coaches for believing and helping me overcome a lot of obstacles.
“With all that being said, I am excited for my football journey to continue and pursue my dream by entering the 2022 NFL Draft. Positive vibes only.”
Evans has the unique combination of size and athleticism to have a shot in the NFL. He dealt with injuries during the 2018 season and missed most of the 2020 season due to personal reasons or he likely would have had much better career numbers.
The departure of Evans leaves the Broncos without two of their top three receivers heading into 2022. Top receiver Khalil Shakir also declared for the NFL Draft.
Stefan Cobbs will be Boise State’s top receiver entering next season. He had 34 catches for 421 yards and five touchdowns during a breakout junior season this year. Billy Bowens and Latrell Caples will be among those with increased roles next season.