40: 4.80 (estimated)
Has strong hands that does a nice job adjusting and extending for the errant throw over the middle. Will fight for extra yards after the catch. Does a nice job selling his routes. Effective blocker that gives good effort. Can get position, seal the edge, and get some push against the linebacker as an inline blocker. Hits his assignments when blocking in space and able to redirect defender.
Lacks speed and burst to really separate from defenders. Not a factor vertically in the passing game and has a slow release off the line. Not as effective a blocker in the slot and doesn't show the strength or power to really push back defensive backs. Isn't very effective when you ask him to block defensive linemen as an inline guy.
Adams is a nice outlet option that can contribute as a blocker. But his upside as a receiver is very limited and his future in the pros will be tied to how well he blocks. Had a season ending knee injury in the season opener in 2008. Came back the past two years as a full-time starter, combining for 65 catches for 493 yards and no touchdowns. Led Purdue with 36 catches this past year as injuries ravaged their offense.
He's not quite there as a blocker, but he flashes the tools and if he can get stronger he has a chance to stick in the pros as a reserve blocker. Teams will like his hands, but he's not really a factor in the passing game beyond 10 yards, so the best teams can hope for is a decent outlet guy over the middle. Adams probably isn't going to stick right away based on his blocking, and his ability to play special teams will impact whether he can make an NFL roster his first summer. With a year or two under his belt, his blocking should reach a point where a team can afford to keep him as their No. 3 guy. But his ability to move up from that role with most teams will be limited because his potential in the passing game is limited and until he can effectively block big linemen, he'll always be limited there as well. In the end, the best hope for his career is to become a journeyman that plays 5 or 6 years in the pros with multiple teams.
Adams could push for time on the Falcons, especially if they got rid of Peelle. His blocking potential might have the team wanting to develop him as a reserve, but his ability as a receiver isn't greater than Palmer and his blocking probably wouldn't be significantly greater. He could land a practice squad spot if the team had some major turnover at tight end this off-season like losing Peelle and/or Gonzalez, but that's really about it.
Adams isn't really worth drafting because of his lack of ideal upside as a blocker.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Body Control: 2.5
Scouting reports of the tight ends in the 2011 Draft.
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