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2015 NFL DRAFT

Joe Adams, WR

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Little Rock, AR
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 179 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
102163-4
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/104 -- Joe Adams, WR, 5-11, 179, Arkansas...Has home-run potential, and will get the first chance as a punt returner. Averaged 16.9 yards per return last year, with four touchdowns. If he can learn ball security (11 career fumbles) has a chance to be an impact player. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - The Panthers have had mixed results trading future picks, but did it once again to get back-to-back choices in the fourth round. They gave up next year's third-rounder, along with a sixth to move to 103. Along with their own 104th pick, they chose defensive end Frank Alexander and wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams. Using a future first to get tackle Jeff Otah helped them with 12 games in 2008, but he's seemingly been hurt ever since (playing four games the last two seasons). Similar deals for defensive end Everette Brown (who cost them a 2010 first) and wide receiver Armanti Edwards (a 2011 second) backfired without any payoff. Taking Adams to return punts puts Edwards on the spot. The former FCS quarterback was given time to develop, but he'll have to earn a spot as a receiver. After Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and David Gettis, along with Adams and Kealoha Pilares, there's at most one roster spot left. Edwards will be fighting Seyi Ajirotutu and Darvin Adams for that job, if they keep six wideouts. - The Sports Xchange

03/29/2012 - Former Arkansas receiver Joe Adams added to one more award to his lengthy list of postseason honors Thursday, when he was named the inaugural winner of the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award. The award was created this spring to recognize the nation's top return specialist. It is named after former Nebraska star Johnny Rodgers, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1972. Adams was named as the first recipient of the award after tying the Southeastern Conference's single-season record and leading the NCAA in punt return touchdowns (four). He also ranked second in the NCAA in average yards a return (16.89). "I'm honored to be the first recipient of the Johnny ???The Jet' Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award," Adams said in a statement. "First of all, I want to thank my mom because she helped me get where I am today. Also, I'd like to thank Johnny for choosing me for this award and my coaches at Arkansas for putting me in a position to succeed. This award would not have been possible without the other guys on the punt return unit who made key blocks during my returns. I'm looking forward to going to Omaha to accept this award on behalf of our program." The award will be presented to Adams during a banquet in Omaha on April 12. LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, North Carolina's T.J. Thorpe and Texas A&M's Dustin Harris also were finalists. - Arkansas football

03/27/2012 - Johnny Rodgers believes it's time return specialists in college football get their due. Best known for his electrifying kick returns as the 1972 Heisman Trophy winner at Nebraska, Rodgers on Tuesday announced a new postseason award for the top kick or punt return man in college football. Rodgers said the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers Award should gain the prestige of awards such as the Butkus for linebackers, the Jim Thorpe for defensive backs or the Outland for linemen. "If you're walking by a store or anywhere they have televisions and they have highlights on for special teams, everybody stops and watches," he said. "This has the ability to create a lot of awareness for guys who haven't gained recognition throughout college football." The trophy was designed and cast by Omaha artist Joe Putjenter and depicts Rodgers slipping out of the grasp of Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt on the 72-yard punt return that was the signature play of Nebraska's victory in the 1971 "Game of the Century." The Rodgers Award winner for the 2011 season will be selected by Rodgers and announced Thursday. Finalists are Arkansas' Joe Adams, Texas A&M's Dustin Harris, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and North Carolina's T.J. Thorpe. The winner and his family will receive the award at an April 12 banquet in Omaha. Rodgers said national media members will be enlisted to select future winners, who will be announced in December or January each year. - AP Sports

03/07/2012 - Arkansas Pro day: WR Joe Adams didn't improve on his 40-yard dash time Tuesday, running a 4.55 that was identical to his laser time in Indianapolis. Adams said he wasn't satisfied, but added he is roughly 10 pounds heavier than his playing weight at Arkansas. But wide receiver Jarius Wright doesn't think it's a big deal: "I've never seen Joe Adams get caught from behind, so obviously speed has never been that much of a problem." Wright and DE Jake Bequette didn't participate in speed and agility testing Tuesday, choosing to stand by their marks from the NFL Scouting Combine. Both participated in position drills, though. "I put up a 4.42 laser time and I didn't really feel it was going to change too much for me to come out here and run," Wright said of his 40-yard dash time in Indianapolis. "So I stayed with my time." - Robbie Neiswanger, Arkansas News Bureau

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE FALLERS: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas: At only 5-11, 179 pounds, he is a finesse receiver who relies on his agility and straight-line speed to get open. Expected to be one of the fastest players at any position tested this year, Adams' 4.55-second showing in the 40-yard dash suggests that Arkansas' spread offense inflated his big-play ability. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: As usual, the quarterbacks generated most of the hype throughout the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. But during the game Saturday it was their receivers who stole the spotlight as the North defeated the South, 23-13. Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams shrugged off a fumble in the first quarter to catch six passes for 116 yards for the South, demonstrating the elusiveness and pure speed that helped him return four punts for touchdowns this season, earning the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year award. For his efforts Adams was named the Senior Bowl's "Outstanding Player" for the South squad. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/07/2012 - Joe Adams had his fourth punt return for a touchdown this season and No. 7 Arkansas matched a school record with its 11th victory, beating No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the Cotton Bowl on Friday night. All-SEC quarterback Tyler Wilson threw two touchdown passes, including a 9-yarder to Kobi Hamilton with 4 minutes left in the third quarter after Kansas State (10-3) scored 16 consecutive points. Adams' 51-yard return early in the second quarter gave the Razorbacks (11-2) a 10-0 lead before they even gained a first down. It was the first punt return for a touchdown in the Cotton Bowl in 51 years. Arkansas' only losses were to No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama, the SEC West rivals who will play in the BCS national championship game. - AP Sports

01/06/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Joe Adams is another speedy threat in the passing game (49 catches, 630 yards) and he adds another dimension as well in Razorbacks' running game. He had 139 yards on just nine runs with a 92-yarder from the tailback position. He also is an outstanding punt returner. - The Sports Xchange

12/09/2011 - 2011 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD FINALIST: University of Arkansas wide receiver/punt returner Joe Adams has been selected as one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse, it was announced Friday. One of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. In addition to Arkansas, only two other teams in the country have returned three punts for touchdowns this season. Adams, who also has three receiving touchdowns and scored on a 92-yard touchdown rush against Auburn, is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011. Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranks second on Arkansas' all-time career receptions list with 159. His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. Adams ranks tied for second on the SEC's single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference's single-season record. The other finalists up for the award, which goes to the most versatile player in major college football, are Brandon Boykin from Georgia, LaMichael James from Oregon and Toledo's Eric Page. - Arkansas football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP - Joe Adams, Arkansas, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. One of the most dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. Adams is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns for 2011. Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. Adams has 159 career receptions, which ranks second on Arkansas' all-time career receptions list. - Arkansas football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: All-Purpose - Joe Adams, Arkansas, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. One of the most dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. Adams is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns for 2011. Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. Adams has 159 career receptions, which ranks second on Arkansas' all-time career receptions list. - Arkansas football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): KR - Joe Adams, Arkansas, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. One of the most dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. Adams is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns for 2011. Adams ranks fourth in the SEC with an average of 4.1 receptions per game and is sixth in the conference with 52.5 receiving yards per game. Adams has 159 career receptions, which ranks second on Arkansas' all-time career receptions list. - Arkansas football

12/07/2011 - 2011 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Joe Adams, Arkansas: One of the most versatile and dynamic players in college football, Adams leads the country with three punt return touchdowns and an average of 16.19 yards per punt return. In addition to Arkansas, only two other teams in the country have returned three punts for touchdowns this season. Adams is the only player in the NCAA with rushing, receiving and multiple punt return touchdowns in 2011. His career total of four punt return touchdowns is tied for the lead among all active players nationally and tied for fourth all-time in the SEC. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranks tied for second on the SEC's single-season punt return touchdown list, one behind the conference's single-season record. Adams is the second Razorback to be named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, which was first awarded in 2004, after Felix Jones won the award in 2007. Adams, Jones and Darren McFadden, who was named SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007, are the only three Razorbacks to be named player of the year in the SEC. Arkansas, Auburn and LSU are tied for the most Special Teams Player of the Year winners with two each. - Arkansas football

11/14/2011 - WEEK 11 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Adams, Return Specialist/Wide Receiver, Arkansas, returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown and also had two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in Arkansas' 49-7 win against Tennessee...Adams made several Vols miss (6 different defenders had a hand on Adams) on the 60-yard punt return for ascore to give the Razorbacks a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter...The punt return TD was the third of the season (leads NCAA) and fourth of Joe Adams career. His single-season total is tied for second in SEC history, and his career total is tied for fourth in conference history...Tennessee entered the game having allowed just 74 yards on 10 punt returns in the first nine games of the year with a long of 13 yards. - SEC football

10/10/2011 - WEEK 6 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: WR JOE ADAMS (Arkansas) -- Had six catches for 49 yards and also had one rush for 92-yard touchdown against Auburn. - SEC football

09/28/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M, Oct. 1 - The game in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington will match up two former and future conference colleagues. The two teams were both together in the Southwest Conference until Arkansas bolted for the SEC after the 1991 season. A&M recently was accepted to join the SEC. KEYS TO THE GAME: Protect QB Tyler Wilson. The Hogs have given up eight sacks in four games, and only one of those was recorded by Alabama, so it's not like this is just a problem that showed up with the Tide. Getting a consistent running game going would help, too, for the Hogs. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Joe Adams - The senior has run back two punts for touchdowns this year in addition to leading the Razorbacks in receiving. He is averaging better than five catches a game, which ranks third in the SEC, and has caught a pass in every game of his career (38). - The Sports Xchange

09/28/2011 - Senior WR Joe Adams extended his streak of games with at least one catch to 38, which is every game of his Arkansas career. He had six receptions for 37 yards, the 28th time in his career he has had two or more catches. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Joe Adams - Don't go to the concession stand when the opponent has fourth down coming up. Adams ran back not one but two punts for touchdowns against Missouri State. He caught only one pass but looks to be a bigger part of the passing game. Adams was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week after returning two punts for touchdowns in the win over Missouri State. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2011 - SEC WEEK 1 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Joe Adams, Wide Receiver/Return Specialist, Arkansas, tied an SEC record with two punt returns for touchdowns in Arkansas' 51-7 win over Missouri State. The last SEC player to accomplish the feat was Kentucky's Derek Abney against Mississippi State in 2002...Adams' touchdowns were from 61 (first quarter) and 69 yards (third quarter). He now has three touchdowns on punt returns in his career...For the game, Adams had a school-record 174 yards on six punt returns and also caught an 11-yard pass...Adams leads the SEC and is fourth in the nation in punt return average (29.0 per return). - SEC football

09/04/2011 - In Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tyler Wilson threw for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jarius Wright, while Joe Adams tied a Southeastern Conference record with two punt returns for touchdowns in the Razorbacks' win. Wilson, who served as Ryan Mallett's backup the past two seasons, led the Razorbacks (1-0) to scores in each of his four possessions-including 33- and 29-yard touchdown strikes to Wright. He guided Arkansas to 303 yards of total offense in four possessions. - AP Sports

08/10/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Joe Adams, Arkansas, has been named one of 50 players selected to the Paul Hornung Award Watchlist for the 2011 college football season, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. Adams has made at least one reception in all 34 games in his career, the longest active streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in the NCAA entering the 2011 season. In 2010, the Little Rock, Ark., native ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Adams ranked second in the SEC and tied for 28th in the NCAA with an average of 15.2 yards per play. Last season, Adams also ranked second in the SEC and fifth in the NCAA with an average of 15.56 yards per punt return, the seventh-highest single-season average in school history. - Arkansas football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): AP Joe Adams, Arkansas, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason First Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. Adams has made at least one reception in all 34 games in his career, the longest active streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in the NCAA entering the 2011 season. He led the Razorbacks with a career-high 813 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns in 2010. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Adams ranked second in the SEC and tied for 28th in the NCAA with an average of 15.2 yards per play. He finished the season ranked sixth in the SEC with 4.2 receptions per game and seventh in the conference with 67.8 receiving yards per game. His three 100-yard receiving games tied for fifth in the SEC and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. He tied for seventh in the NCAA with 32 receptions against ranked opponents and was 11th in the country with 403 receiving yards against ranked foes. His 23 receptions of at least 15 yards tied for fifth in the SEC. - Arkansas football

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Joe Adams, Arkansas, Sr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. Adams has made at least one reception in all 34 games in his career, the longest active streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in the NCAA entering the 2011 season. He led the Razorbacks with a career-high 813 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns in 2010. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Adams ranked second in the SEC and tied for 28th in the NCAA with an average of 15.2 yards per play. He finished the season ranked sixth in the SEC with 4.2 receptions per game and seventh in the conference with 67.8 receiving yards per game. His three 100-yard receiving games tied for fifth in the SEC and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. He tied for seventh in the NCAA with 32 receptions against ranked opponents and was 11th in the country with 403 receiving yards against ranked foes. His 23 receptions of at least 15 yards tied for fifth in the SEC. - Arkansas football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Joe Adams, Arkansas, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Adams has made at least one reception in all 34 games in his career, the longest active streak in the SEC and the fifth longest in the NCAA entering the 2011 season. He led the Razorbacks with a career-high 813 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with six receiving touchdowns in 2010. The Little Rock, Ark., native ranked second on the team with a career-high 50 receptions, which tied for the ninth-highest single-season total in school history. Adams ranked sixth in the SEC with 4.2 receptions per game and seventh in the conference with 67.8 receiving yards per game. His three 100-yard receiving games tied for fifth in the SEC and tied for the fifth-highest single-season total in school history. - Arkansas football

 
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Panthers' picks: Round 4/104 -- Joe Adams, WR, 5-11, 179, Arkansas...Has home-run potential, and will get the first chance as a punt returner. Averaged 16.9 yards per return last year, with four touchdowns. If he can learn ball security (11 career fumbles) has a chance to be an impact player. - The Sports Xchange

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