Going into the 2014 NFL Draft the Green Bay Packers were looking for a wide receiver. After all, the team lost James Jones and Greg Jennings in back-to-back off-seasons and with both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb heading for free agency following the 2014 season, the Packers needed to re-stock at wide receiver.
I expected Green Bay to take a wide out in round 3 or round 4. In those rounds they could find a player that could contribute soon and offer some protection in case either Nelson or Cobb leave. Yet, the Packers couldn’t wait that long as they fell in love with Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams and picked him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
It’s going to be a pick Packer fans will remember for a long time because Adams is going to become the next star wide receiver in Green Bay.
As much as I loved the selection of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round of the draft, the pick of Adams is just as good; and looking at general manager Ted Thompson’s history of success with wide outs and it’s not hard to believe he hit another home run with Adams.
When watching Adams on film, he reminds me so much of Jennings. He is bigger at 6-1, 212-pounds but like Jennings he is not a burner. Adams ran a 4.56 in the forty-yard-dash. Yet, when you watch him play you he shows plenty of explosion.
Adams was a dominant player at Fresno State playing with quarterback Derrick Carr, who was selected by the Raiders in round 2 of the draft, he put up insane numbers with over 200 catches, 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in just two college seasons.
The great thing about Adams and what makes him such a perfect fit for the Packers is his ability to create yards after the catch. That is something the Packers focus on constantly with their receivers and Adams does it as well as any prospect in the 2014 draft.
Adams also offers a big target, has exceptional hands and tremendous body control, all attributes that fit perfectly with what quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants in a receiver.
Rodgers, who is the most accurate passer in football, does as good a job at throwing receivers open as any quarterback in the NFL. Throwing someone open means throwing the ball their way even when they are covered. The receiver has to locate the ball, adjust his body and make what is often times a difficult catch.
Jennings excelled at this and so does Nelson. In the near future we will be talking about how Adams excels in this area as well. When watching the film on Adams, you can see that Carr trusted him completely so in many cases he threw the ball up for Adams to make a play and in most instances he did.
Some have questioned Adams production because he played in the Mountain West conference in an up tempo offense at Fresno State. Yet, the Packers love spreading it out with four wide receivers and will be doing that even more in 2014 now that Adams is in the fold. Besides, I don’t care what level of college football you are playing at, 38 touchdowns in two seasons is impressive.
At the end of the day, Thompson knows how to pick receivers, especially in the second round. The three receivers he selected in the second round prior to Adams were Jennings, Nelson and Cobb. He knows a great wide receiver when he sees one and Adams has all the tools to become become the next great receiver in Green Bay.