But an NFL scout who spoke with MLive on a condition of anonymity said Adams graded out higher than any of the three Michigan State underclassmen who declared early for the draft. "He's a second-third round grade,'' the scout said. "I was watching more film on him, and I missed on his athletic ability. He hasn't done anything to hurt himself since the end of the season, ran a 4.4 at the (NFL) combine. "Catching the ball, he's not the most natural guy, but he has the movement and he's a competitive guy.''
"I can compete, I have great feet, great hands and that's what I showed,'' Adams said. "Right now I'm waiting on the process and teams getting back with me. "I wouldn't say there's any pressure in the process, I'm just enjoying the process.'' - Mike Griffith, Michigan Live
03/17/2013 - 2013 Michigan State Pro Day: Johnny Adams, CB (5-11, 181) - Adam had a 33-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-10 broad jump, and ran the short shuttle in 4.59 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds. He stood on his 40-yard dash time from the combine (officially 4.48 seconds). Adams looks like he could be a third cornerback for an NFL team. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
12/29/2012 - Scouting the Michigan State pass defense: The Spartans intercepted the ball 13 times, a dropoff from last season; however, they still ranked third in the Big Ten in pass defense. MSU also struggled getting to the passer, something it did well in 2011 with 45 sacks before falling to just 16 this season. However, both cornerbacks are very good, as Johnny Adams and Darqueze Dennard each had three interceptions. TCU is using its second quarterback this season and he is more of a runner, but the Spartans will need another strong outing from its secondary. - The Sports Xchange
12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DB Johnny Adams, Michigan State, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. The Akron, Ohio, native recorded a career-high two interceptions in the regular-season finale at Minnesota and his 11 career interceptions are 10th most in MSU history. He also ranks among MSU's career leaders in interception return yards (fourth with 230), passed defended (fifth with 35) and pass break-ups (11th with 24).
"Johnny Adams is a three-time All-Big Ten selection and that speaks volumes," Dantonio said. "We constantly put him on an island and he responded to the challenge. He's an active player with big-play capability." - Michigan State football
12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Johnny Adams, Michigan State, has been selected First Team All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. The 5-11, 177-pound Adams, who also garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors last season from the coaches, becomes the first Spartan defensive back to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors in consecutive seasons since John Miller (1987-88). In addition, Adams is just the sixth Spartan defensive back to be named first-team All-Big Ten in multiple seasons (Brad Van Pelt, 1971-72; William Simpson, 1972-73; Thomas Hannon, 1975-76; Phil Parker, 1983-85; Miller, 1987-88).
Adams ranks tied for fifth in the Big Ten with three interceptions and tied for 15th with 10 passes defended. He has collected 35 tackles, including three for losses (9 yards), and ranks tied for second on the team with seven pass break-ups. Adams collected a career-high two tackles for loss (3 yards) and a pass break-up against Notre Dame on Sept. 15 and tallied a season-high six tackles in the win at Indiana on Oct. 6. - Michigan State football
08/07/2012 - Senior cornerback Johnny Adams has a chance to become the first Michigan State defensive back on an All-America first team since Harlon Barnett in 1989. Adams already has been mentioned as a possible first-round pick in the NFL draft. He has been named to several preseason watch lists, including the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. "I want to win them," Adams said Monday of individual awards. "I would like to get myself in that category of the long list who have won. "I don't have any personal goals so far, but I would love to win a national championship. That would be a goal for the team." Barnett, in his sixth season as secondary coach at MSU, wants Adams and all of the other players he coaches to strive to receive national recognition. "My expectation is for all of them to do well and all of them to have the opportunity to win the Thorpe," Barnett said. "That's just me. That's how I am." Barnett said he challenges Adams, a third-year starter with 27 career starts, to improve in the smallest of details. "To some guys, it might be exactly right," Barnett said. "But for him, he can do better. Just trying to be on him about every little thing. Not to the point that I'm harping, but if you want to be that next-level type of guy, you have to (excel) every time. He's already a good player. The great players are consistent in what they do." Barnett said Adams, 23, will benefit from another year of college football. "He still needs to work on a few things here and there," Barnett said. "He knew he wasn't necessarily one of the top guys coming out in the country last year. It always helps to come back as a fifth-year guy. He's a vet of college football." George Sipple, The Detroit Free Press
08/05/2012 - Top-five Michigan State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. CB Johnny Adams...The top Michigan State senior on this list, Adams is entering his third year as a starting boundary corner for the Spartans and has a chance to be drafted in the first 100 picks next April. Nicknamed "Mr. Excitement" in high school, he was a receiver, cornerback and return man at the prep level in the Akron-area, but moved primarily to the secondary once he arrived in East Lansing. Adams started two games and recorded a pair of interceptions as a true freshman in 2008, but missed most of the 2009 season due to a shoulder injury, earning a medical redshirt year. He returned as a sophomore in 2010 and started all 13 games, finishing with 50 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended and three interceptions, earning Second Team All-Big Ten honors. Adams again started 13 games last season as a junior and recorded a career-best 51 tackles with three interceptions, averaging 47.0 yards per pick-off return including a touchdown. He earned First Team All-Conference honors last year and has garnered pre-season All-American and All-Big Ten attention leading up to the 2012 season. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
08/05/2012 - Top-five Michigan State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 3. CB Johnny Adams...Adams has a lean frame with limited strength and muscle tone, but is an aggressive hitter in run support and can do a lot because of his versatile, physical playing style. He has better than average speed, range and body control for the position, but isn't a quick-twitch mover and needs to improve his body positioning downfield in coverage. Adams has good focus and ballskills, showing the athleticism to do something with the ball in his hands after the interception and could see some reps at receiver in 2012 for the Spartans. Adams plays tight, physical coverage and stays disciplined on the field, but he is best-suited for zone coverage and needs a big senior season to earn the top-50 billing that some have given to him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
07/18/2012 - 2012 JIM THORPE AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnny Adams, Michigan State CB, Sr., has been selected to the Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the best defensive back in college football by the Jim Thorpe Association. - The Jim Thorpe Association
07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club
07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Johnny Adams, Michigan State, CB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club
04/07/2012 - After last season, Johnny Adams weighed whether or not to join Jerel Worthy and Edwin Baker in the NFL draft. Unlike the other two who left early, Adams will return for his senior season at cornerback and should be a key leader for Michigan State's defense, both vocally and with his play. "Being a senior out there, the guys look up to me right now," Adams said recently. "I give them what they need to know. If they don't know a lot of things I try to talk to them. "I've been around for a long time now. I think I'm one of the leaders on the defense." MSU expects eight starters back this fall from last season's defense, including three in the secondary. The biggest loss is Trenton Robinson, a captain who provided vocal leadership and solid play at safety. "Trenton was a great captain. For me to just say I'm filling in his shoes, I wouldn't think I could probably do that," said Adams, who is from Akron, Ohio. "But to just get talking more and being there for my guys, that's what I feel like I do." Adams will be the elder statesman in the secondary, alongside fellow cornerback Darqueze Dennard and strong safety Isaiah Lewis, both juniors who have extensive starting experience. MSU defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett said that veteran presence will allow the Spartans to rely on all three returnees while incorporating a new free safety in the starting mix. "I expect Johnny to be a vocal leader," Barnett said. "And the guys respect him for what he's done over his career so far." - Denny Schwarze, The Lansing State Journal