Size: Adams measures in at 5’11″ and 179 pounds, which is small by NFL standards and likely limits him to a slot role at the professional level. Adams has a thin lower half and legs, and I didn’t think he was going to weigh the 180 he did at the combine.
Speed: Timed, disappointingly, at 4.55 in the 40, Adams seems to play much faster in pads, than he runs on the track in shorts. The strength of his game isn’t his long speed, however.
Quickness: This is where Adams excels. He is a dynamic “quick twitch” athlete in the mold of a Dexter McCluster. Possesses the dynamic change of direction ability coveted by NFL teams. Ideally suited as a slot receiver in a Pat Shurmer type system, where he can create in space.
Release: Had some trouble with bigger more physical corners, getting off the line, but compensated for that with his elite explosion. Will need to get stronger in his upper half, to avoid being washed out at the line by the jam.
Route Running: Not the most polished of route runners, Adams will round out his cuts, seemingly preferring to rely on his natural athleticism, rather than solid technique.
Hands: Another suspect area of Adams’ game are his hands. He seeming has concentration lapses, attempting to take off and run, before properly securing the football. His 2011 Sugar Bowl performance against Ohio State highlights several instances of his consistent inconsistency when it comes to catching the football. This is another reason I listed Shumer’s offense as a great fit for Adams, as it will allow him to turn back to the QB on screens and simply wait for the ball before creating in space, rather than forcing him into situations where he’s having to keep his head on a swivel over the middle of the field while concentrating on the catch.
Body Control: Doesn’t exhibit good body control at times, will get over extended coming out of breaks. Again another area where he relies on his natural athleticism, rather than utilizing solid technique.
In Traffic: Despite his size Adams has shown a proclivity for working in traffic. He took an absolutely vicious hit against LSU a few years back, and that hasn’t seemed to dampen his resolve over the middle.
YAC: Perhaps the strongest area of Adams’ game. His elite athleticism, allows him to make defenders look absolutely foolish in one on one situations. In most situations at the next level, a defensive coordinator is going to want to have safety help over the top on whatever defender is covering Adams. His ability to make people miss is just too dangerous.
Blocking: Adams has shown a willingness to block, if not being overly effective or adept at it. He isn’t particularly strong, and can’t set the edge in “tight” formation situations.
A team taking Adams is going to want to look over his medical history pretty thoroughly. He’s sustained two documented concussions and a stroke while at Arkansas, though neither seems to have slowed him down too much. Still, with increased susceptibility, due diligence is warranted.
I view Adams as a slot WR, and return man at the next level, and would have no problem spending a late 2nd or early third round on him, if I was a team needing a return man, and could carry a dynamic weapon who isn’t going to contribute on the outside on my roster.