Joe Adams to Panthers: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Jon DoveContributor IApril 28, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Joe Adams #3 of the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Joe Adams was often overshadowed during his college career at Arkansas. Teammates like Greg Childs and Jarius Wright shared the spotlight, and often outshined Adams. However, the draft process gave Adams the opportunity to make a name for himself.

His performance at the combine was less than impressive, as his top 40 time was 4.55 seconds. However, Adams is seen as more quick than fast. This is evident by his ability to create in space, especially in the return game.

Mel Kiper Jr. sees upside in Adams, but there are concerns keeping his stock down.

He's an excellent player and incredibly fast - 4.3 speed - but he has had some issues with dropping balls. Periods of inconsistency have to bother you with Adams.

Adams will immediately make an impact in the return game. His shiftiness and dynamic playmaking ability in space make him a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Outside of the return game, he should contend for playing time in the slot.

There are a few occasions where Adams loses focus and drops a catchable ball. This will be the type of thing that holds him back early in his career. However, his explosiveness will be tough to keep off the field, which should result in some specific packages designed for Adams.

Pick Analysis

Ranked No. 94 on Matt Miller's Big Board, Adams not only could be a go-to slot receiver for Cam Newton, but the SEC standout has the ability to become one of the league's best young returners, giving Carolina a boost on special teams.