2017 NFL DRAFT

Jerell Adams, TE

School: South Carolina  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Pinewood, SC
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 247 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
11843-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.642.72-- 32 1/2-4.317.05
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.592.721.64- 32 1/29'9"4.317.05

Player Overview

Adams finished his career as a Gamecock with 66 receptions for 977 yards and seven touchdowns, not bad for a player Steve Spurrier thought might play defense.

Adams was a highly coveted four-star recruit (Summerton (S.C.)/Scotts Branch High School), where he played quarterback, tight end, linebacker and defensive end. He even was the team's punter. Adams also started on the basketball team as a power forward. He signed with South Carolina, but had to spend the 2011 season at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy before re-signing with the Gamecocks in 2012.

During his first season in Columbia, Adams was a freshman All-SEC tight end after catching four passes for 90 yards and a score in nine games. In 2013, he played in all 13 games, starting once. Adams caught 13 passes for 187 yards and two touchdown receptions. In 2014, his production rose once again, catching 21 passes for 279 yards and one touchdown.

In 2015, Adams was the team's second-leading receiver with 28 receptions for 421 yards and three touchdowns.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENTHS: Long and rangy tight end prospect who runs well. He starred as a power forward in high school and still looks the part with his frame and build. Adams is deceptively fast for his size because of long stride. He's already tall (6-6) but even a bigger target because of his outstanding length.

Adams can line up in-line next to a tackle, off-set or split out. He uses his size to his advantage, whether it's putting his body on a defender or showing a large catch radius. His route-running is solid and he can create separation out of his breaks. At his best with the ball in the air because he can go get it. He has soft hands and shows the ability to pluck the ball right out of the air.

Does a good job at the point of attack in the run game. Not necessarily a powerful drive blocker but he does a nice job of moving his feet and using his big body to steer defenders away from the action to create a running lane.

WEAKNESSES: While Adams has good size, especially his height and long arms, he will certainly need to add bulk and strength to his frame to compete in today's NFL. He will also need to be more physical at the point of attack in the run game with his blocking. Added weight and strength would definitely help him there.

Also needs to continue to sharpen his route-running skills. For a big man Adams shows he runs very well, but added quickness would help. At times he does look a tad stiff.

COMPARES TO: Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers - At this stage of his career, Adams is very similar to Green. They are roughly the same size and build, though Adams may be a tad faster.

IN OUR VIEW: Adams is an intriguing prospect simply because of his combination of size, speed and hands. Certainly, he will have a chance to wow NFL scouts during the pre-draft process. On the other hand, he didn't exactly light the SEC on fire and finished with a modest body of work.

Granted, South Carolina's offense wasn't potent in 2015. Still, his production got better in each of his four seasons in Columbia. Adams looks like a possible mid-round pick but more likely a late-rounder. He could be a nice value pick and a NFL prospect with upside.

--Jame Newberg (1/11/16)

 
 
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