Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
6-1, 212, 4.56
strong hands, plays big, wins catch point, productive
average speed, good not great size, raw
Davante Adams declared for the draft as a redshirt sophomore. He was Derek Carr’s go-to guy at Fresno State. Adams produced gaudy numbers with 233 catches for 3030 yards and 38 TDs in only two seasons. He ran a ton of screen passes and comebacks, so the numbers are skewed slightly. Adams shows the ability to get open on deep routes despite average timed speed. When the ball is in the air, Adams comes down with it. He has great leaping ability (39.5”), strong hands and plays bigger than 6-1. Tracks the ball very well over his shoulder. Adams gets open and has a smoothness to his game. He can get in and out of breaks easily for a bigger receiver. Has the ability to develop into a very good route runner, but needs work on the full tree. Will get some yards after the catch. Runs hard and doesn’t dance. He shows some competitiveness, but needs to get stronger against the jam and as a blocker. Adams didn’t face top competition on a week to week basis. He was physically tested in the USC game and while he didn’t dominate, he held his own.
I’m not sure if it’s the #15 on his jersey, but Adams reminds me a lot of Michael Crabtree. They have similar size, speed, great hands and easy movements. He could have trouble creating a lot of separation versus the speedier, more physical DB’s of the NFL. Should be a chain-mover and redzone weapon at the next level. He can develop into a starter, but may never be more than a possession receiver. Adams’ success will likely hinge on how much “nasty” he incorporates into his game, as contested catches will be his calling card.
How does he fit with 49ers?
Its hard to say where exactly Adams will go. In this class of WRs, which is absurdly deep, he could fall anywhere from late 1st round through the 3rd. Most likely he’ll be in the mix in the late 2nd around 49ers picks at #56 and #61. I compared him to Crabtree earlier, who is a free agent at year’s end. Its easy to see how Adams could fit in San Francisco’s offense if Crabtree were to leave. Although he would be a pretty redundant piece in 2014.