Davante Adams could be Thompson’s latest Round-2 WR gem : Packers Insider

Davante Adams could be Thompson’s latest Round-2 WR gem

May 10, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider senior editor

~Let’s just forget about round three for the moment, and focus on the Packers second round selection.

Davante Adams is a great wide receiver, from Fresno State. He led the nation last year in catches with 131. He also led the nation in touchdown catches last year with 24. “When you watch him on tape, you love how he’s a competitor,” Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. “He makes the tough catch, goes up and attacks the football. Extremely productive.”

Size-wise, he is almost identical to the #4 overall pick, Sammy Watkins in both height and weight. Adams is 6-1, 215 pounds.

Adams also tested faster than Watkins at the NFL combine in the 3-cone, 6.82 to 6.95, slightly better in the shuttle, and jumped 5 1/2 inches higher in the vertical test. He was slightly slower in the straight 40-yard time.

Those are combine test results. Production matters more, and you can’t do any better than Adams did. In just two seasons there at Fresno, he caught 233 passes for 3,030 yards and 38 TDs.

Greg Jennings, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson were all second round picks. James Jones and Jermichael Finley were third round picks.

If Thompson has drafted any position well, it’s finding receivers. And it is.

Adams fits in nicely with this Packers team as there are three now-proven studs in Nelson, Cobb, and Jarrett Boykin. But behind them, nobody is proven. Adams will have a nice chance to learn this year while not being counted on to carry the load. Of course, this is barring injuries to the top three, and we all know some of them will get injured.

“I’ve always been confident in my abilities, all throughout my life,” he said. “I know I could rise to the occasion, whatever it took. I’ve put together some pretty good film in the two years I played, and I came to the conclusion that I’ve done all I can do to prove to teams I’m ready for the next step, and here we are.”

Adams has exceptional leaping ability, and knows how to go up and get the ball at it’s highest point.

Still, with Nelson and Cobb both being in the final year of their contracts, there’s a chance one of them is not able to be brought back next year, and Adams becomes more important in that scenario.

For now, this was a great pick in round two. Had Adams played on the East coast, or in the SEC, and done what he did, he would have been a lock to go in the first round.

“Growing up it was always second nature for me to go up and catch a rebound, to high point the ball,” Adams said. “That helps me in red zone when it comes to jump balls, things like that.”

“I have good speed. I’m not a 4.3 guy, but I definitely know how to use my speed, and I don’t get caught on the field from behind,” he said.

“I feel like I’m one of the best playmakers in this draft, being able to catch the ball deep or catch the short route and taking it the distance.”

With Aaron Rodgers throwing passes his way, this is going to be proven to be a very good pick at #53.

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