Davante Adams NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Packers WR

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

Nov 29, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Davante Adams (15) catches a touchdown pass against the San Jose State Spartans in the first quarter at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State (HT: 6'0⅞", WT: 212 lbs.)

Green Bay Packers

Second Round: 53rd Pick

Combine Weigh In
6'0 7/8"21232 5/8"9
Combine Work Out
40-Yd Dash10-Yd SplitVerticalBroad Jump3-ConeShuttle


  • Adequate height and overall size.
  • Appears to have the frame to add some weight.
  • Has the potential to develop into a quality possession receiver if he adds some weight and improves his ability to win against physical defensive backs.
  • Does a nice job adjusting to the ball and made quite a few acrobatic catches at Fresno State.
  • Speed isn't special, but it's enough to make defensive backs respect his ability to get over the top of the defense.
  • If given a lane, he can break off chunks of yardage after the catch.
  • Gives a solid effort as a blocker and has the size to make this a strength of his game with improved technique.
  • Fairly consistent hands.
  • Does a nice job attempting to high-point the ball when possible.
  • An intelligent player who will interview very well during the pre-draft process. 


  • Plays very sloppily and inconsistently.
  • Timing of his routes and effort when making cuts is inconsistent, at best.
  • Seems to play lazily at times and rounds off his routes.
  • He lacks the athleticism to have such a passive approach to the game.
  • Extremely inconsistent in his body placement on 50-50 balls.
  • Faster than he is quick.
  • He can pick up chucks of yardage after the catch when given space, but he struggles to shake defensive backs if he doesn't haul in the pass with immediate room to run.
  • Played a fairly simplistic role in Fresno State's offense, featuring a lot of screens, comebacks and go routes.
Collegiate Statistics
2012Fresno State1021,31212.914
2013Fresno State1311,71813.124

Personal Notes

  • 2012 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. 
  • First-team All-Mountain West selection in 2012 and 2013. 
  • Also played basketball in high school and was a two-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.

Ratings Chart

Chart created at nces.ed.gov


Adams put up some gaudy numbers thanks to his big-arm quarterback Derek Carr, but he needs to completely reinvent himself in order to succeed in the NFL. 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. Adams comes across as an intelligent player, so don't bet against him, but he also shouldn't be relied upon as an instant-impact rookie. It will likely take some time for him to develop and learn where he can win with his skill set in the NFL.

Draft Projection: 2nd-3rd Round