Vernon Adams, Jr., QB, Oregon – 2016

Former transfer from FCS-level Eastern Washington to Oregon for 2015 season.

Postseason Events: Shrine Game and NFL Combine.

Positives: Was a redshirt senior. Adequate hand size. Though his college offense doesn’t translate well to a pro offense, he did take snaps from under center at both of his schools. Fair accuracy down the middle of the field. Generally good accuracy rolling to his right. Above-average deep accuracy. Good accuracy on the run, which may be because he is better able to see the field outside of pocket. Can throw passes with touch but also with velocity. Adequate arm strength and above-average velocity. Very elusive in the pocket and will keep plays alive with his feet a long time. He is able to keep his head under pressure and still get the ball away. He keeps his eyes downfield on the run, looking to pass rather than immediately run. He sets his feet on the run when passing to increase his accuracy. He runs with adequate track speed for the position, and is quick off the line. Adequate lower body explosiveness in Combine drills. Very good ability to change directions with burst in Combine drills. Above-average quickness and is a solid runner. As a runner, usually avoids the big hit. Seems to take care the ball pretty well, and will run out of bounds rather than force a pass. He was also a holder on field goals.

Negatives: He ran a high-tempo spread offense at both Eastern Washington and Oregon, so he may not be as ready to run an NFL offense. Short for the position, with below-average bulk. Below-average accuracy in the pocket at all levels. Though he is able to get the ball down the field, he has a hard time throwing deep passes with touch, and a lot of passes that he drives tend to wobble. Needs to vary his velocity. Eyeballs his receivers consistently. Late to pull the trigger and late anticipation of when receivers will be open. Below-average decision-making in the red zone. Consistently throws up the ball for grabs. Generally poor throwing mechanics. Three-quarter release. Sometimes gets a little impatient and won’t set his feet before delivering a pass. Lacks footwork on his dropback since most of his college plays just called for him to catch and release. Inside the pocket, he throws off his back foot often, and – even when he is given enough time – he tends not to set his feet, greatly decreasing his accuracy. Below-average vertical leap for the position. Needs to be more aware of the time. Sometimes seems to get lost behind the line of scrimmage. Broke right foot in October 2014 and missed unknown amount of time. Broke right index finger in September 2015 and missed two games.

Projection: Round 4. He gets a lot of comparisons to Russell Wilson because of his size and escapability, but Wilson was a much more accurate, consistent thrower in college. Still, I expect someone to draft him earlier rather than later, and he could see a long career as an athletic backup and Jack of all trades on offense in the pros. Adams has enough positive qualities to overcome his solid negatives some time, but not consistently, so I don’t see an NFL starter position for him.

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