2021 NFL Draft Profile: WR Jonathan Adams Jr.
The beauty of the NFL Draft is that players can be found from anywhere. It doesn’t matter the size of the school or the level of competition they played at, the NFL will find talented players. Once they’re in the building, it doesn’t matter where they played as long as they can help their team win football games.
Adams Jr. is a standout WR at Arkansas State that has had a very productive four-year college career. He brings much-needed size to the table, and he can make some truly jaw-dropping receptions. He’s going to fill a huge void for a team that wants to invest in a bigger wideout that can win on the outside but might not have the draft capital to invest in a player that’ll go higher in the NFL Draft due to the school that he played at.
Adams absolutely has the potential to be a fantasy football weapon at his size and with his skillset. Is he ready to compete for a starting job in week one of his rookie season, though? Or do Dynasty managers that select him in their rookie drafts need to be prepared to exercise a little bit of patience?
These questions are answered here in our scouting profile on Jonathan Adams Jr.:
Weight: 220 lbs.
40-Yard Dash: 4.59
Vertical Jump: 39
Broad Jump: 137
Short Shuttle: 4.38
3-Cone Drill: 7.04
Skills Breakdown (out of 100)
Route Running (71.5): Adams is a big-bodied receiver that can absolutely go up and Moss defenders regularly. He’s lethal on 9-routes, which is where Arkansas State just continued to use him time and time again because it worked. However, he does have some experience running underneath routes and creating after the catch. He has some snap in his hips on curl routes but needs to learn to sink in and out of his routes more on the intermediate levels of the field.
Athleticism/Agility (75.5): Good athlete for his size and has enough agility to create separation after getting a defender on his heels. Not overly twitchy, but that’s to be expected given his size.
Hands (79.5): Fantastic hands. Some of the best in the class. He has an incredible ability to climb the ladder and highpoint the football. Great hand-eye coordination and can make difficult catches look easy.
Contested Catch Ability (82): The best contested catch ability in this class. He has a ridiculous catch radius and can make highlight-reel grabs with defenders draped all over him. One-handed grabs are in his repertoire, and he can make some jaw-dropping catches. Should be a Red Zone mismatch almost immediately.
Run After Catch Ability (74.5): Certainly is not a burner or an overly twitchy player, but he has more than enough speed once he’s built up momentum to pick up additional yardage. He won’t be able to create on his own necessarily, but he has the ability to pick up yards after the catch with his long strides.
Release (74.5): Good release at the LOS against smaller corners. Able to get them on their heels and then explode through. The level of competition on tape could affect the overall evaluation, but he has enough understanding of how to create space at the line and then lean into leverage to get on top of the defender.
Deep Ball Tracking (78.5): Lethal on Go-routes and excels at being able to locate the ball while it’s in the air. Can make acrobatic adjustments to the ball and make the difficult reception.
HOW ARE WE NOT TALKING ABOUT THIS?!
Jonathan Adams, are you freaking serious?!
(This was ruled incomplete because of the slight bobble at the end, but idc) pic.twitter.com/j5thRrZVRC
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) March 4, 2021
This is now a Jonathan Adams Jr. highlight account.
Thank you all for coming.
This kid is ridiculous! pic.twitter.com/aUXBMnDEtc
– Kyle Yates (@KyleYNFL) March 4, 2021
They Said It
Projected Draft Range
Due to the small school profile and how much developing Adams will have to do to be ready for the NFL, we likely see him go off the board somewhere on Day 3.
Ideal Fantasy Landing Spot
The Philadelphia Eagles have a clear need for a big-bodied outside wide receiver to pair with Jalen Reagor. While Travis Fulgham is still on the roster, Adams could provide some competition at the position and be a solid security blanket for Jalen Hurts with his catch radius.
Adams is similar to Antonio Gandy-Golden in a lot of ways. Both small school guys have a similar height/weight profile with nearly identical speed testing numbers. Gandy-Golden needed some time to develop, and we likely see Adams take a similar path.
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