With a first-round talent in Davante Adams falling down draft boards, the Green Bay Packers made a smart move by drafting the Fresno State product. The 2014 NFL Draft receiver class was one of the deepest in recent memory, and that was likely the main reason why Adams slipped to the end of the second round.
James Jones left in free agency and that left an opening at the receiver position across from Jordy Nelson. Randall Cobb is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but he fits much better in the slot. Jarrett Boykin has also shown glimpses of being a good outside receiver, but there is a reason why the Packers drafted a receiver so high.
Playing at Fresno State, Adams had perhaps the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year’s draft throwing him the ball in Derek Carr. The combination of Carr and Adams was one of the most explosive in all of college football. In just two years in college, Adams caught over for 230 receiving yards for over 3,000 yards. He also had 36 touchdowns in his two years in college. To show how productive he was last year, Adams caught 24 touchdown passes.
Adams is also extremely athletic. He came to Fresno State to play football and basketball. It should also be worth mentioning that he is still relatively new to the sport of football, as he started playing the game in his junior year of high school. At 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, Adams has decent size that allows him to be a decent advantage over defensive backs. He won’t wow you with speed, but Adams is a productive player who has a great chance to succeed in the NFL. The Packers are committed to running the football next season and Adams is also a big contributor in the running game as an extra blocker. With Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Adams could end up being a special player for the Packers going forward.