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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


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



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.


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.


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. 


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

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7.01-9.00Top 10

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