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Joe Adams

Joe Adams - #3 - WR-RS

Height: 5-10 5/8
Weight: 179
Speed: 4.51
Arm: 31 7/8
Hand: 9 3/8
Wingspan: 75 1/4
Birthdate: 11/22/1989
Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Grade: 5.42

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/06/2012 Arkansas Pro Day 188 9 5/8 31 1/2 4.55 7 38 4.18 11.92
02/29/2012 Combine 5-10 5/8 179 9 3/8 31 7/8 75 1/4 4.53 10'3" 36 7.10
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-10 1/2 174 9 3/8 31 3/8 75 3/8
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-10 3/4 177 9 3/8 31 1/8 74 3/4 4.49

 

Notes:

Also played cornerback and safety as an Arkansas prep. Appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman in ’08, starting seven, and caught 31 passes for 377 yards (12.2-yard average) with zero touchdowns. Also threw a six-yard touchdown pass against Auburn. Saw action in 10 games in ’09, making seven starts, and grabbed 29-568-7 (19.6). Missed three games early in the season after suffering a minor stroke while squatting in the weight room but returned to play the final six contests. Appeared in 12 games (four starts) in ’10 and posted 50-813-6 (16.3). Missed the Vanderbilt game with a sprained ankle. Was also the Razorbacks’ main punt returner with 16 returns for 249 yards (15.6-yard average) and a school-record 97-yard touchdown against Mississippi. Started 11-of-13 contests in ’11 and hauled in 54-652-3 (12.1) while winning SEC Special Teams Player of the Year after 19-321-4 (16.9) returning punts, including a NCAA-high four touchdowns. Has 27 career rushing attempts for 248 yards (9.2-yard average) and two touchdowns. Missed most of the Texas A&M game with a rib injury. Has 11 career fumbles.

Positives:

Fluid and athletic. Light on his feet. Explosive slot quickness — bursts off the line and pierces the secondary. Sudden and flexible to separate. Nice leaping ability and body control. Terrific instincts and vision. Dangerous after the catch — instant accelerator who changes direction sharply and can turn a short throw into a long gain or make something out of nothing. Impact punt returner — shows creativity, elusiveness, burst and long speed to go the distance (five career TDs). Dances out of trouble and can make tacklers look silly.

Negatives:

Is undersized and needs to get stronger — can be manhandled at the line. Marginal upper-body strength. Unnatural catcher — lets throws get into his body and has been plagued by drops. Questionable toughness and concentration over the middle. Swings the ball away from his body as a runner and can protect it better. Limited run strength. Soft blocker. Inconsistent tracking and fielding kicks. Benefitted from system and supporting cast. 

Summary:

Lean, explosive, field-fast slot receiver and dynamic punt returner who can also be used at the flanker spot to take advantage of his tremendous run-after-catch ability. Team that drafts him has to be willing to tolerate drops. Return skill could elevate draft value. 


Joe Adams's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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