This is where things get interesting. If you simply look at some of the mainstream site’s profiles on Adams it’s not exactly a ringing endorsement. Here’s a summary from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
"Extremely undersized for the position, Adams had success at Oregon despite just one season within its scheme. He doesn’t have optimal anticipation or field vision and missed big play opportunities as they were opening. Adams can hit deep balls on scramble throws and won’t take unnecessary chances, but teams might pass on him due to “system and size” concerns. I wouldn’t close the door on his chances to make a team due to athleticism and play-making potential in packaged plays."
That doesn’t sound like someone that you draft in the mid rounds to groom as a potential starter, does it? Let’s see if CBS Sport’s Rob Rang and Dane Bruglar are any higher on Adams.
"COMPARES TO: Russell Wilson, Seahawks – While Adams has a long way to go in terms of his accuracy, his improvisational skills and big-play ability on the move are reminiscent of the Seahawks’ star, although he lacks the same strong frame to hold up in the NFL."
Hey, now that’s a little more encouraging, maybe there’s some potential there after all. I’m sure CBS’s final thoughts on Adams will be that he is well worth the risk of a mid round pick.
"IN OUR VIEW: Adams’ low launch point is a major issue and his frail frame will likely keep him from being drafted. He is a good passer in practice, but Adams just isn’t built for NFL action."
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