The Green Bay Packers addressed defensive concerns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft and Friday in the second round, they turned their attention to the offensive side of the ball, selecting Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams.
Adams, a third-year sophomore, is an impressive specimen that hauled in over 100 receptions in each of his two college seasons. To be exact, Adams caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns as a redshirt freshmen in 2012. Then in 2013, the 6-2, 212-pound wide out notched 131 passes for 1,719 and 24 touchdowna.
Yes Adams’ numbers are eye-popping and some of it can be attributed to the pass-happy offense he played in at Fresno State but that doesn’t change the fact that he is an extremely fluid athlete, who can do some impressive things, particularly after the catch.
Certainly the Packers would have loved if a tight end fell to them at no.53 but when their pick came, no tight ends worthy were still available, leaving Adams as the best option.
The former Bulldog star that led the NCAA in receptions in 2013 is the perfect receiver to add to the Packers high-octane pass offense engineered by Aaron Rodgers. He can play outside and if needed could move inside. He also has tremendous ball skills and body control, meaning he will be a perfect fit with Rodgers, who throws receivers open more than any QB in the NFL.
Then when you consider that both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are both set to become free agents following this season and the selection of Adams makes even more sense.
Following the loss of James Jones in free agency this offseason, Green Bay was a little thin at wide receiver and even with the emergence of Jarrett Boykin, the Packers love playing from the spread set, meaning four wide outs or three wide outs and a tight end. Since, there was no legit tight end prospect available, Adams was the logical choice and one that should make Rodgers jump for joy.
The thing about Adams is he can add depth and contribute right away but at just 21 years old, his upside is enormous, meaning he has plenty of room to grow into a premier player. After all, Ted Thompson picked Nelson, Cobb and Greg Jennings in round two of the draft — now Adams is set to become the next star Packers receiver to come from the second round.