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NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

Tight End Jerell Adams from South Carolina is evaluated for the 2016 NFL Draft

Jerell Adams – South Carolina Gamecocks

 

Position: Tight End
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 247
Year: Senior
Hometown: Pinewood, SC
Experience: 15 starts, 4-year letter winner

 

Measurables:

40yd dash: 4.64
Broad jump: 117
Vertical: 32.5
3-cone: 7.05
20yd. Shuttle: 4.31
Bench Press: NA

Career Notes:

Jerell Adams is a terrific athlete. In high school, he played quarterback, tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter and helped lead his school to a state championship his senior year. He was also a star power forward on the basketball team. After high school, he spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy before going to South Carolina in 2012.

In his first year, Jerell earned SEC All-Freshman honors. As a sophomore, Jerell only started one game but saw action in all 13 games. In his junior year, he came on late after fellow tight end, Rory Anderson, went down with an injury. In the last 6 games Adams caught 17 passes for 220 yards.

In his senior year Jerell finished second on the team with 28 catches and 3 touchdowns. He only had 421 yards, but that works out to over 15 yards per catch. A lot of his catches were down the field for explosive gains. His production totals were limited by a poor South Carolina offense in 2015. Steve Spurrier left the team in the middle of the year and he had three different quarterbacks throwing him the ball.

Over his four-year career Jerell Adams played in 47 games, starting 15 times. Jerell is a smart kid. He was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll twice and he graduated in December with a degree in Public Health. According to teammates, Jerell is well liked in the locker room.

Injury Report: 

Jerell had an ankle injury that limited his playing time at the start of 2013, but he appeared in every game.

Career Stats: sports-reference.com

Analysis:

Speed and Quickness: 3.3/5.0 Jerell has good play speed and shows good footwork and quickness, which enables him to create separation from defenders. He demonstrated this several times during the senior bowl practices by frequently beating the defender in one-on-one drills. At the combine he recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time for tight ends.

Route Running: 3.0/5.0 He is able to beat man coverage and split safeties in the middle of the field. Also, Jerell finds openings in zone coverage. He goes across the middle and doesn’t shy away from contact.

Hands: 2.3/5.0 Jerell has a low catch rate having caught only 28 of 53 targets. Part of this can be explained by poor quarterback play, but Jerell also had four drops on the year, which is more than a lot of guys with two to three times as many catches. With his length, Jerell has a large catch radius, but he struggles to adjust to some passes.

YAC Ability: 3.8/5.0 Jerell shows the ability to create enough separation to generate explosive pass plays. Once he makes the catch, he makes tacklers miss with good elusiveness and he gains extra yards because he is willing to take tacklers head on. His YAC average was 6.9, which ranked near the top among tight ends.

Blocking: 3.0/5.0 He is a good in-line blocker. In the running game he is aggressive and a very effective blocker for being on the lighter side for a tight end. He uses his long arms to latch onto defenders and positions himself well to seal the edge. He was also used a lot in pass protection to block the edge and did a nice job. He could improve blocking by adding a few pounds and working on technique to stay lower, but he shows good effort and blocks till the whistle.

Summary: Jerell has the traits of a deep middle target, but probably has to improve his hands to become a reliable receiving threat at the next level. He plays with a lot of competitive toughness and is willing to block and go into traffic across the middle to make a catch. He showed improvement each year and his production was limited based more on opportunity instead of ability. Jerell has a lot of athletic potential, so given the right opportunity, he could develop into a solid NFL tight end.

Overall Grade: 3.1/5.0  

 

If drafted by the Packers:

Tight end was one of the worst positions last year for the Packers. Mike McCarthy himself said, “To have a successful passing game, you have to have big targets that can run through the middle of the field.” Richard Rodgers just hasn't been getting the job done between the 20s. He lacks the speed to get open and gain yards after the catch. Jerell Adams has the physical traits to be a receiving threat at tight end. In his limited opportunities at South Carolina he was able to produce big plays. Adams still needs work, especially with dropped passes, but he could be a valuable backup tight end that provides an occasional deep threat in certain situations as he develops his all-around game.

Opinions vary on Adams. Some draft analysts have him ranked third behind Hooper and Henry, and others have him much further down their list. I agree with those that have him ranked higher, and I think he has the most up-side in the top group of tight ends. It's rare for any tight end to make much of an impact in their rookie season, so I think the Packers might be better off waiting until the 3rd or 4th round, which is where Adams is expected to go.

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RCPackerFan's picture

March 21, 2016 at 12:59 pm

I like Adams a lot. Honestly my 2 favorite TE's are Adams and Nick Vannett. I think where you will draft these 2 players, will provide the best value. Henry is the best complete TE right now, but I think both Adams and Vannett can develop into just as good of TE's in the future. To get Henry they will mostly likely have to take him in the 1st. Is he worth a 1st round pick? I'm not sure. Both Vannett and Adams they should be able to get in the 3rd round area.

Adams reminds me a bit of FInley. If the Packers drafted him he would provide that mismatch factor that Finley provided. He is a guy that can turn a short gain into a long gain. In the Passing game Adams could give the Packers everything that Rodgers can't. Therefore he would be an ideal compliment for the passing game.
Adams does need work with blocking, though I feel he is a bit underrated there. Vannett is more thought of as a blocker, but I think is underrated as a receiver.

If the Packers came away with either Adams or Vannett I would be happy. Right now I like Adams a bit more, because he is a bigger weapon in the passing game.

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The TKstinator's picture

March 21, 2016 at 07:52 pm

Sounds a lot like Finley.
Can he learn to catch the ball consistently?

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Adam Baumgartner's picture

March 22, 2016 at 02:15 am

I think so because Rodgers makes catching the ball a lot easier. The QB play he had at South Carolina was brutal this year, so that didn't help. Fellow Gamecock Pharoh Cooper was also credited with 5 drops. It's just hard to catch poor throws.

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March 22, 2016 at 06:34 pm

No thanks on Vannett. He ran a 4:90 at pro day. Slower than Rodgers.

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March 04, 2020 at 02:05 am

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