WR DAVANTE ADAMS, FRESNO ST.**

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6’2” – 216 lbs. – 4.55e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2011: Redshirt
2012: 102 – 1,313 – 14 (12.9)
2013: 131 – 1,718 – 24 (13.1)

OVERVIEW:

Redshirted in 2011, then was named an All-Mountain West First Team selection as a redshirt freshman, leading the conference in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. Led the FBS in receptions and touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore, earning all-conference honors again.

POSITIVES:

•    Incredibly productive player; enjoyed a standout 2012 season, then improved this year.
•    Statistical production is complemented by being bigger and taller than most receivers.
•    Hands catcher who doesn’t let throws get into his body; displays a solid catch radius.
•    Demonstrates good awareness of the play area, whether down sideline or in end zone.
•    Capable of going up and winning jump-ball situations in the end zone due to his size.
•    Frequently utilized on the fade routes characteristic of Fresno State’s red zone offense.
•    Has some shake with the ball in his hands, does a good job of following his blocks.
•    Size suggests that he may have the strength necessary to handle NFL press coverage.

NEGATIVES:

•    Statistical production considerably padded by screens, inflated by weak competition.
•    Hasn’t been asked to run many different routes due to Fresno State’s simple offense.
•    When he does run something out of the ordinary, gets lazy and rounds off his patterns.
•    Despite his size, is not an effective blocker, gives the least amount of effort necessary.
•    Not a very explosive player, has some build-up speed but is more of a possession guy.
•    Doesn’t come down with too many catches in traffic, seems distracted by physicality.

SUMMARY:

Adams’ blend of outstanding production and impressive size are suggestive of a top prospect, but closer inspection reveals several worrisome flaws in his game. In Fresno State’s offense, Adams relied on simple routes such as screens, shallow crosses, and fades for the majority of his production, without being asked to run many routes common to pro offenses; on rare occasions where he was asked to deviate from the patterns listed above, he often looked lazy in his breaks, a concern which also extends to his effort (and consequently, effectiveness) as a blocker. The absence of polished route-running in his game, combined with a lack of speed and explosion, may limit his ability to gain separation at the next level, especially given the inconsistency with which he caught contested passes in college. Would have benefited from further development before declaring, but may not have had much of an opportunity for growth given the simplicity of his offense; losing Derek Carr may have also hurt his production.

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