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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Darvin Adams

| | College: Auburn
 
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Overview

With Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton and Lombardi Award-winner Nick Fairley leaving the Plains after a BCS championship-winning season, Adams also decided to take his skills to the National Football League.

The Georgia product got onto the field in 10 games his true freshman year, catching three passes for 18 yards against Tennessee-Martin and making four tackles on special teams. In 2009, he became a focus on offense, catching a school-record 60 passes for 997 yards (16.6 yard-average) and 10 touchdowns and winning MVP honors with a 12-catch, 142-yard effort against Northwestern in the team's Outback Bowl win.

Though he had fewer catches (52) and touchdowns (seven) in 2010, his yardage total nearly stayed the same (952) because of the deep-ball throwing of Newton.

Though Adams has been productive over the past two years, scouts have concerns about his game. His slight build, average speed and inconsistent hands keep him from being an elite talent. But with hard work, he could follow a similar path to NFL success that Buffalo's Stevie Johnson had as a playmaker in 2010.

Analysis

Strengths: Tall receiver with exceptional length able to take advantage of matchups against smaller defenders downfield. Gets up high to snatch passes out of the air, wins jump-ball opportunities down the sideline. Shows some quickness with s shimmy move off the line. Complements the vertical threat with quick enough feet to run an effective out or comeback route. Has a burst coming out of a route to gain separation. Tracks the ball over his shoulder and continues to run without slowing down. Willing to come back to help his quarterback as a receiver or blocker downfield.

Weaknesses: Extremely thin upper- and lower-body builds, will struggle to fight off veteran cornerbacks downfield or stay on his route. Only adequate deep speed, strides and lacks second gear to accelerate past defenders after the catch. Not a reliable receiver, simply allows balls to go through his hands when feeling a hit or otherwise losing concentration. Body-catches passes thrown at his numbers. Fails to get his head around in time to see the ball at times. Takes a few steps to get to top speed. Does not use his hands well to defeat the jam, few college corners have the length to attempt it. Benefitted from misdirection and defense's focus on Newton. Gives some effort as a run blocker, but lacks strength, flexibility and footwork to sustain.

--Chad Reuter

Career Notes

Has caught at least two passes in 25 of the last 26 games and last 18 consecutive games dating back to 2009 … 7th in AU history in career receptions with 111 … Eight 100-yard receiving games which is third-most all-time at AU … 7th in AU career receiving yards with 1,924 … T-3rd in AU history with 17 career TD's … Holds AU bowl game record for receptions with 12 vs. Northwestern in 2010 Outback Bowl … Auburn single-season record holder with 60 catches (2009) … Set SEC Championship Game record with 217 receiving yards.

2010 Season

Adams finished the 2010 season as Auburn's leading receiver with 52 catches for 963 yards (18.5 yards per catch) and 7 receiving touchdowns. He also had 2 punt returns for 21 yards … Coaches' Second-Team Preseason All-SEC … Preseason Second-Team All-SEC as voted by media … Biletnikoff Award watch list … Has appeared in 13 games with 12 starts … 9th in SEC/45th in NCAA in receiving yards per game (69.9) … 36th in NCAA in total receiving yards (909) … Is 10th in SEC in receptions per game (3.4) … In season opener vs. Arkansas State, hauled in two catches for 58 yards with a long of 42 … Against Mississippi State, hauled in first TD catch of the season on a 12-yard pass from Cameron Newton to break 7-7 tie with 8:37 left in second quarter … Totaled three grabs for 38 yards vs. MSU … Against Clemson, went over the century mark in receiving yards for the first time this season with 118 yards on five catches … The 118 yards was a game high … Also caught 8-yard TD pass in third quarter to tie game at 17-17 after AU trailed 17-3 at half … Against South Carolina, tied for team lead with four catches going for 45 yards with a long grab of 18 yards … Against ULM, in limited action hauled in two passes for 25 yards … Against Kentucky, led all receivers with 101 yards on five catches with a long grab of 39 yards … Against Arkansas, hauled in two catches for 34 yards with a long grab of 22 yards.

Caught three passes against LSU for 33 yards, with long catch of 17 yards … Against Ole Miss, nabbed season high and led all receivers with six catches and 75 yards … Had a 24-yard TD catch in second quarter to give AU 24-14 lead … Has 16 catches for 243 yards in last four games (UK, ARK, LSU, UM) … Against UTC, caught a pair of TD passes and totaled 106 six receiving yards on four receptions … Scoring grabs came on catches of 30 and 39 yards … The 39-yard TD catch was season long scoring reception … Against Georgia, tied for team-high with three catches that went for 60 yards with a long catch of 11 yards … Against Alabama, hauled in two receptions for 29 yards including a key 9-yard grab on 4th-and-3 on AU's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter … In SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, set career high and SEC Championship Game record with 217 receiving yards on seven catches with a pair of TDs … Hauled in TD catches of 54 and 51 yards … Had long catch of 62 yards which set up AU's first TD on game's opening drive … Also returned one punt for 10 yards.

2009 Season

Set AU single-season record with 60 catches … 997 receiving yards were third-most in AU single-season … 10 TD catches were also third-most in AU single-season … Had four 100-yard receiving games … Had 32 catches in last five games … Had at least three catches in 11 of 13 games … 3rd in SEC/34th in NCAA in receiving yards per game, 76.7 pg … 4th in SEC/73rd in NCAA in receptions per game, 4.62 pg … 30th in NCAA in total receiving yards, 997 … 9th in SEC in scoring (TD's), 5.0 ppg … Phil Steele's First-Team Midseason All-SEC … With back-to-back 100-yard receiving games against Alabama (138) and Northwestern (142) in the Outback Bowl, became just the third AU receiver in the last 11 years and first since Courtney Taylor in 2006 to accomplish the feat … Appeared in 13 games with nine starts … Had first career start in season opener vs. Louisiana Tech, catching four passes for 65 yards including first career TD grab … TD came on 17-yard pass from Chris Todd … Totaled 116 receiving yards on five catches in victory over Mississippi State … Accounted for 58 percent of total receiving yardage (116 of 199) vs. Mississippi State.

Became first AU player to have at least three TD receptions in a game in 20 years (Alexander Wright vs. Pacific, 1989) with performance vs. West Virginia … Had six catches, three for TD's, for 80 yards vs. Mountaineers … Against Ball State, finished with five catches for 73 yards including a 26-yard TD catch … Caught a pair of passes for 29 yards in victory over Tennessee … Made three catches for 24 yards against Arkansas … Against Kentucky, had three grabs for 57 yards, including a long catch of 37 yards … Played, but did not have a catch against LSU … Against Ole Miss, caught a 28-yard TD pass to give Tigers a 10-7 second-quarter lead they would never relinquish in victory over Rebels … Finished with team-high four catches vs. Ole Miss for 68 yards … Tied career-high of three TD's and six catches going for game-best 115 yards in one half of play against Furman.

Against Georgia, registered six catches going for a game-high 90 yards … Against Alabama, led all receivers with 138 yards on four catches … Had a 72-yard TD catch and run to give AU 21-14 lead in third quarter … The 72-yard TD was longest of career and the second longest by AU player vs. Alabama in series history … Named game MVP after tying Outback Bowl record with 12 catches in victory over Northwestern … The 12 grabs set AU bowl record and also set career-high as did 142 receiving yards.

2008 Season

Played in 10 games at wide receiver and special teams … Caught three passes for 18 yards on the season … All three catches came against UT-Martin … Had four special teams tackles.

High School

Had 66 catches for 867 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior … Also collected 106 tackles and two interceptions during senior season … Honorable Mention Class AAAAA All-State team as a senior … Selected to play in Cobb County All-Star Senior Bowl … Threw for 974 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior while also rushing for five scores, and had over 40 receptions as a sophomore … Also had 52 tackles and six interceptions as a junior … Ranked No. 48 nationally at wide receiver by Rivals.com … Also ranked as the No. 23 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com … Ranked No. 116 among wide receivers by Scout.com … The No. 44-ranked prospect from Georgia by SuperPrep … Named to PrepStar's All-Southeast Region team.

Personal

Born Jan. 5, 1990 … Son of Vincent and Tonya Adams and Darlene and Terry White.

 
Latest News
02/25/2011 - Why didn't Auburn release your decision to leave early? Actually, it was my paperwork. It wasn't in at the right time. Not for the NFL ... one of the coaches said my paperworkwasn't in at the right time (for Auburn). It wasn't a problem between me and Auburn. It was something dealing with the paperwork. Did Auburn support you? Uh, yeah. I think so. How did you communicate your decision? I had a meeting with Coach Chizik and Coach Trooper. I sat down and told them the reasons why I wanted to leave. They accepted it and said they'd help me any way they could. Why leave early? I've got a big family. I think it's time for me to start taking care of my family. I had two good seasons. We won the national championship. That's bascially the reason why. Strengths? I've very good at catching the ball away from my body. Quick feet. Why are you called "Smooth"? My coach back in high school gave me that name. Every time he saw me, everything I did was kind of smooth. He started calling me Smooth from then on. - Darvin Adams, NFL Combine Transcript

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