Has good size and good speed. A long strider that shows ability to get vertical and make plays down the field. Can make the grab in traffic over the middle. Shows nice body control and can adjust in the air to avoid the big hit.
May not have pure burner speed. Needs to improve his route-running and not polished there. Will drop some passes as he tends to let the ball get into his body. Doesn't show the ability to consistently stretch for passes and attack the ball in the air. Not as effective a blocker for his size as he doesn't quite use his hands to get position and has inconsistent effort there.
Adams has NFL-caliber tools and was Cam Newton's favorite target this past year. He was also Auburn's top wideout as a sophomore the year before. He flashes tools to be a good complementary wideout at the next level, but is relatively raw. The past two seasons he combined for 112 catches for 1960 yards (17.5 avg) and 17 touchdowns, making him a playmaker. Adams probably could have used another year in school to develop, but he probably wouldn't have raised his draft stock any higher with most of Auburn's top talent graduating.
Adams has a chance to develop into a No. 2 receiver down the road. You like his size and speed. And while he's not the most physical receiver or the fastest guy, he can make plays. What you hope from him is the ability to develop into a good complementary guy at the next level across from a true No. 1. He's probably not going to be one of those players that puts up big-time NFL production if he does develop, but can be a guy that can give you around 50 catches a year if there is a dynamic No. 1 playing across from him. More than likely, he develops into a capable reserve and No. 3 option on the outside. Early in his career, he'll have to perform on special teams. He'll need to get better with his route-running, and his ability to develop there will largely impact whether or not he can develop beyond being a role player at the next level. He has decent hands, but probably not to a level where he'll be a reliable pass catcher for a quarterback. But if he can consistently get open via his route-running, he is a guy that can make up for it with the occasional big play. But more than likely, most NFL teams should target him as developmental depth rather than projecting him to be a starter down the road. The type of starter I think he can be if he develops is someone like Devery Henderson.
Adams can add depth here in Atlanta, and would have some potential to develop as a starter and replacement for Jenkisn down the road. But he's not going to be much more than a decent fourth option early on. By his third season he should be challenging for a starting job, but if not, then he'll be a career backup here in Atlanta that can add depth, but not be a reliable option beyond maybe 20-30 catches a year.
He has potential and had he stayed in school and developed for another year might have merited a second or third round pick next year. But without that development and the likelihood that he'll need more time, he's probably only worth a fourth or fifth round pick.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 3.0
Scouting reports of the wide receivers in the 2011 Draft.
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