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Carolina Panthers Draft Joe Adams Wr Arkansas

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I'm not expecting much from this guy, he doesn't have the speed or agility to make up for his size like smitty, 4.55 40? =//

I'm hopeful though maybe he plays harder than drills, but judging from that highlight video he is awful damn slow.

There's a difference between gameday speed (live action speed) and drill (combine) speed. This guy has explosiveness when it matters. Also he is able to create separation with his sharp cutting ability. He'll do great as a slot guy/ PR/KR/ occasional scatback.

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We get our hopes up every year with this mid round WR pick. What is this, the 6th year in a row we've selected a mid round WR, and 4th year in a row a returner?

He is a legit stud at PR. At WR, I think he is depth.

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There's a difference between gameday speed (live action speed) and drill (combine) speed. This guy has explosiveness when it matters. Also he is able to create separation with his sharp cutting ability. He'll do great as a slot guy/ PR/KR/ occasional scatback.

That is why i said I'm hopeful he has gameday speed, but judging by the OP highlight video he got caught a lot, but i guess he does have a few nice highlights we'll see.

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There's a difference between gameday speed (live action speed) and drill (combine) speed. This guy has explosiveness when it matters. Also he is able to create separation with his sharp cutting ability. He'll do great as a slot guy/ PR/KR/ occasional scatback.

Yeah people put too much stock in 40 times. Watch some of his returns. He is covering about 4 yards per stride. You don't outrun the SEC without speed. He is going to be the best return man we've had since Smitty if he can absorb the contact. He's a little on the small side but as long as he holds onto the ball I have high hopes for him.

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I'm just now able to check who we picked.

fug YES.

I love this guy. Best punt returner in ncaa. He is legit!

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That is why i said I'm hopeful he has gameday speed, but judging by the OP highlight video he got caught a lot, but i guess he does have a few nice highlights we'll see.

fwiw that video is mostly his junior season

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That is why i said I'm hopeful he has gameday speed, but judging by the OP highlight video he got caught a lot, but i guess he does have a few nice highlights we'll see.

Joe Adams is a guy who does not slow down when pads are put on. Damn sure plays faster than Marvin Jones for example who ran 4.46. Straight line speed is not everything, kid can accelerate and juke guys out of their shoes.

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Here's a good read from the Senior Bowl-

NFL Draft Stock Skyrocketing for Arkansas WR Joe Adams

Alex Dunlap, Rosterwatch.com

"I arrived in Mobile last week for Senior Bowl practices whole-heartedly believing that we would get a glimpse of one of this year’s top kick returners in Joe Adams. I was not expecting that, in Adams, everyone in attendance would be getting a glimpse of one of this year’s top WR prospects, period. That is exactly what we got.

He followed up a strong week of Senior Bowl practices on both offense and special teams with an 8 reception, 133-yard offensive performance in the Senior Bowl game. He was always open, and made optimal use of his shifty cutting ability in space to gain yards-after-catch. Adams is listed at 5’11″ but is actually closer to 5’10″. He’s not physically imposing or particularly impressive walking into a room in plain clothes.

Once the pads go on, though, he is a fearless rocket who gets separation from DBs at the drop of a hat. He has an ability as a receiver that I find hard to describe, but the easiest way to do so is by stating that Joe Adams has a knack for getting open. Not just on easy, scripted routes, either. He’s creative when the pocket breaks down and he puts himself in smart spots that help his QB. He has an innate “hustle” and sense of urgency to his game that allows him to play bigger than he is. Throw in a sub-4.4 40-yard dash time and the most impressive speed cut of any South Team WR (Sorry Dwight Jones), and you have an explosive package in Adams that many NFL teams would happily embrace, and which some desperately covet.

He started off his Senior Bowl game with a short catch on a simple hitch route, and proceeded to fumble the football while fighting for extra yards. Displaying an intangible attribute of most great NFL WR’s, he showed a “short memory” not letting the error get him messed up in the head. He went on to be the South team’s undeniable offensive spark throughout the game in the split number of reps players receive in all-star games. A case could be made that he was the “true” game-MVP although the award would never go to a member of the losing team. Had the South won, Joe Adams would be your Senior Bowl MVP.

As far as I am concerned, Joe Adams is a second-round pick at the latest, and I think the most likely destinations are the Philadelphia Eagles (where I had him pegged as a replacement for Desean Jackson after watching one day of practices) or the Baltimore Ravens who would love a dynamic slot WR to compliment Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin; as well as someone returning kicks who is not a valuable future All-Pro CB like LaDarius Webb.

We’ll be interested in seeing how he runs at the combine and what the scouts are saying there, but Joe Adams knocked his Senior Bowl out of the park. He came to do one thing: Show he can be an offensive weapon (and not just a gadget receiver who returns kicks) in a true-game situation with professional coaching against elite talent. Running a 4.38 40-time is gonna be the easy part for him. Trust me. Kid has wheels."

http://rosterwatch.com/?p=1968

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He's got get away from the cops speed!

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he has the potential to be a very potent weapon in the passing game.. especially if he lives up to Janoris Jenkins' comment on his route running..

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