WR Joe Adams, Arkansas


Panthers, 4th round. Ark.: Below-average size. Above-average hand size. Physically reminds me of Dennis Gentry, long-time returner/RB for Bears. Invited to Shrine Game, but chose Senior Bowl.

Positives: Fair vision and is slippery after the catch. Average track speed. Good speed and quickness. Runs crisp routes and sets up CBs well for double moves and extra separation. Adequate acceleration. Takes hit over middle and holds on.

Negatives: Not as fast as you might expect with his size. Below-average hands — body catches and drops way too many passes. Has trouble tracking ball over shoulder.  Shows questionable ball security and fumbled in Senior Bowl. Suspect decisions as punt returner, fielding in traffic.

Projection: Could be a very effective returner in the NFL, and has enough skills to develop as a solid bench WR. Could sit behind Steve Smith for a while. Will likely battle Armanti Edwards for immediate playing time at both WR and returner, and should win. Potential slot starter, but not likely to be fantasy relevant.

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