How Davante Adams Fits with the Green Bay Packers

Justis MosquedaFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

Fresno State offensive linesman Mike Saenz (53) picks up wide receiver Davante Adams (15) after Adams' touchdown reception in the third quarter against SMU in the Hawaii Bowl, an NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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In 2013, Greg Jennings and Donald Driver left the Packers roster. In 2014, it was James Jones. In 2015, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are slated to become free agents. To ensure that the top receiver coming into the 2015 season wasn't Jarrett Boykin, Ted Thompson needed to make a move at receiver.

Wide-out Davante Adams, projected to be a first-rounder at times, left Fresno State after his sophomore season, where he and another second-rounder, Derek Carr, connected on so many fade routes that some stared to call him "The Barber".

With the James Jones role left vacant, Davante Adams likely comes in day one as a contributor while lining up inside and outside of the slot. Ideally he's an outside receiver, but with the combo of he, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb, there will be times when Cobb will be asked to play outside on match-ups where the Packers think they can win with his speed.

A safe guess is to assume that Davante Adams is no less than the fourth receiver on the team, but could be a boundary receiver starter in 2014. When injuries struck the Packers last year, Jordy Nelson, like Randall Cobb, started to see some snaps as a slot receiver. If for some reason the Packers would like to stick Jordy Nelson into that role, Adams would be an assumed outside receiver, and a starter.

Bleacher Report's own Ryan McCrystal had some interesting words, including a former Packer comparison, in his scouting report.

While at Fresno State, Adams was basically a Torrey Smith-type player—a receiver who wins with pure speed. But his speed and athleticism are average, at best, by NFL standards.

He needs to transform from a speed receiver into a Greg Jennings type—a guy who wins with his routes with overall technique.

One of the most important attributes a Packers receiver must have is route-running, and McCrystal brings Adam's into question in his breakdown of the Bulldog.

When Adams is asked to run more complex routes, he's often sloppy. He frequently rounds off his routes and doesn't consistently display the sharp cuts that can create separation. 

The sloppiness of his play raises some concerns that he's willing to play down to the level of his competition, because on occasion he did show the necessary explosiveness to win against NFL-caliber defensive backs. 

Could Davante Adams fill James Jones' role in the offense and be the next Greg Jennings? No one knows for certain, but Rodgers will find the open man on nearly every play. If Davante Adams can do that, by working on his route-running, he'll be able to contribute early.