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Packers fortify wide receiver with selection of Davante Adams

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on May 9, 2014 – 7:43 pm

140509-adams-300GREEN BAY–The Packers turned their attention to offense and the loss of James Jones in free agency by selecting Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams with the 53rd pick of the 2014 NFL draft on Friday. Adams, 6-1, 212, is the Packers’ first pick of day two of the draft, after having selected safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round on Thursday.

“Nice-sized possession wide out,” packers.com draft analyst Tony Pauline said of Adams. “Competes and wins out for contested balls. Strong and tough.”

Tight ends Troy Niklas and Jace Amaro came off the board within the previous four picks, and center Weston Richburg was selected 43rd overall by the Giants. Tight end, center and inside linebacker are considered to be positions of need for the Packers, but so were safety and wide receiver.

Adams ran a 4.56 40 at the combine.

Packers.com has updated this story with a more complete version.


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54 Responses to “Packers fortify wide receiver with selection of Davante Adams”

  1. By WCPackfan on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Not complaining but a little surprised

  2. By Tyler on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    hmmmm idk… not bad but should of went with more speed

  3. By Pat on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Another 2nd round Ted reciever. Way to go, BAP that fits a need as well.

  4. By NYPack on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I cant believe all the TE’s went right before the Packs pick.

  5. By Raphael on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    A little slower than Greg Jennings but has the same ball skills and good route running with longer strides…

  6. By Ken on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    The dude had 1700 receiving yards and 24 tds in one season. The dude catches everything!!!!!! Wish they could have gotten Latimer or Jace Amaro but still love the pick

  7. By CheeseHead on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Gotta aim for an ILB in the 3rd

  8. By Dennis on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I Believe Packer’s were looking for a TE but the ones that were with a 2nd RD value were gone so added a excellent WR to fill another need great job TT now can we please get Borland !!

  9. By Mista4oewun4oe on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Kind of surprised by it there were other receivers I would have taken over him. I’m shocked that the wide out at Penn State wasn’t in the discussion.

  10. By chris on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    just dont get this pick, yeah he is a good wr, but we real need an ILB and there was only 2 worth taking in this whole draft. with cris borland there, you have to make that pick. wr are dime dozen in this draft, could have got a good one in the 3 round

  11. By Zantow on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Thought d-line or o-line but need to keep up with lions offence to so love pick

  12. By gree on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Robinson is already gone.. Mista

  13. By ashley on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    so far cant complain now lets keep it up and take care of the other needs go pack go

  14. By Mista4oewun4oe on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Well I honestly feel there won’t be a good TE there when the packers pick in the third. Federowitz will be long gone. Should have struck while the iron was hot.

  15. By Brandon on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Awesome pick, I see a lot of over the shoulder TD fades from Rodgers in his future.

  16. By Logan on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    This guy is a STUD. With that said, I am a little surprised we didn’t address bigger needs at ILB or TE. The WR’s are much deeper than both TEs and ILBs later in the draft. Hopefully Borlan is available in Round 3 or we are in trouble. PUMPED to watch Davante rack up yards in this offense though

  17. By Mike Skorup on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Robinson is still on the board. Disappointed that Nicklaus didn’t fall to the Pack. Missed him by one pick.

  18. By mazovoid on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Stupid. We’re already loaded at wide receiver. Why take one in the second round? Wasted pick.

  19. By Danram on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Speed is the single most overrated quality in a WR in today’s NFL. Sure, it’s nice to have and you can’t stick some guy who runs a 4.8 40 out there at WR. But anywhere in the 4.5s is more than fast enough.

    Every bit as important are good hands, the ability to run precise routes, the ability to sight-adjust the route at the line of scrimmage in response to different coverages, and the ability to high-point the ball and out-fight DBs for it.

    Also, the ability to block downfield effectively is a VERY overlooked quality in professional WRs.

    I like this pick. The Packers now have three big, physical, fundamentally-sound receivers with great hands in Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin and Adams.

  20. By Leonardo on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I still don’t feel like we have a playmaker on defense. Hope they make a splash in round 3. Not ecstatic about either pick.

  21. By chris on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    if we were going to take wr here, it should have been robonsin, he is way better, but wasted pick, cant believe they didnt take boreland or the other good center, that will haunt us

  22. By somebody on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    This pick might have something to do with the huge drop in GB’s red zone TD efficiency to 50%(26th) in 2013 after 65%(3rd) and 68%(1st) in 2011 and 2012 respectively.


    This guy is obviously a red zone TD machine and replacement for James Jones.

  23. By jusford on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Good pick. Will allow 5 wide sets. Won’t miss a beat if a receiver goes down. Insurance if Cobb or Nelson don’t re-sign.

  24. By jeff on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Don’t know to much about this kid but he is big maybe can be converted into a TE with a little more work

  25. By Kevin K on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I’m guess drafting a WR in the 2nd rd is a step toward letting either Jordy or Cobb walk after this year. You can’t pay everybody , and you don’t draft a project or take a flyer in the 2nd rd. You expect those guys to play a lot and make an impact.

  26. By nas on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    All I want is Chris Borland this guy can really help clay and perry out this season

  27. By Mista4oewun4oe on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Just kinda left me scratching my head Robinson was there Landry out of lsu was there. Martavis Bryant.

  28. By GreenBayLegend on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    He is a Packer man with good Morals. If you listen to his interview or go back to look at him play a few games this is a good pick up considering the teams was grabbing all the receivers. Nix would have been a good look as well as Cody Latimore who does not drop anything. But we are good. GO PACK GO !

  29. By Scott on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    With quality DTs and LBs still on the board we reash for a 3/4 WR – Yah, i know Cobb and Nelson won’t both be resigned but how about we fix our soft, porous defense first?

  30. By Keith on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I thought James Landry would have been a better pick but I think the need for ILB was more needed in the 2nd round and wasted an opportunity to get Borland.

  31. By stepsonofdebbiedowner on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Tell you what, I’d be pretty upset if I was a Seahawks fan. No 3rd round picks at all. And so far only a couple of 2nd round picks. meanwhile their arch rivals the 9ers have 4 picks this round alone. I think the Pack trades up to get the inside lb or NIX is still on the board at NT.

  32. By jeff on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I would have thought we would address our O line this pick maybe a center or a tackle but TT knows what he is doing i suppose

  33. By brokenbackjack on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    We need to get Billy Turner, tackle from North Dakota State. The guy is a horse and makes holes for the running game.

  34. By Kevin on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Lol. You guys make me laugh with this “reach” stuff!

  35. By Raphael on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    What’s this wit hew need to “address” this or that? Can’t believe we picked a QB at 24 when our future HOF is Brett Favre! Can’t believe we would draft a 2nd round WR when We have Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and James Jones on the roster… Of COURSE you take Davante Adams who could end up being one of the three best WR in the end! Anyone have a problem with the packers scoring 35+ now because we have a full WR complement and awesome running attack complain! We win by outscoring all the other teams, remember that!

  36. By kp on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    The Packers would love to play more 4 WR sets, but couldn’t because of injuries last year. The Pack has lost Jennings, Driver, and now Jones in the last 2 offseasons. They definately needed another WR.

    I don’t blindly trust TT, except when it comes to 2nd/3rd round WRs, NO ONE is better!

  37. By Swamp on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Not a good pick at this position. There were many WR we could get even later with the same skills. Kony Ealy would have certainly been a better pick here or Borland. I just do not understand the mentality of this pick.

  38. By Raphael on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    swamp…. do you have any idea what BEST AVAILABLE PLAYER means?! This isn’t about need, if it was, we would never have drafted Aaron Rodgers or Randle Cobb…

  39. By crazymountain on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I read the scouting report and it seems that we just drafted Jones with the second pick. All the linebackers gone? I’m surprised that the Packers went for a wideout instead of a linebacker.

  40. By jeff harris on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Look, we need a another playmaker on offense we just lost, a TE and a solid WR. We have a bunch of unproven 2nd year LB’s that if given the chance could be just as good as any that we may have picked up. I trust in Ted. Lets just wait and see what happens. It did kinda sting a little bit seeing Borland going to SF though.

  41. By stepsonofdebbiedowner on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I am really getting upset at the Texans. 1st they swipe federowich ( iowa te sorry about spelling) and they trade up past the pack to get NIx. Unbelievable.

  42. By Cripes on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    49ers got C Martin and LB Borland. Could’ve had either. WR now? No sense.

  43. By Leonardo on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Who is Khyrie Thornton?? Gotta figure they were targeting Nix, got outsmarted by the Texans and it was too late to find a trade partner. I haven’t been this disappointed in a Ted Thompson draft since the Justin Harrell draft.

  44. By Scott on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Suspect pick in second, borland and nix gone in 3rd, so we reach for a small handed developmental DT prospect. Can’t replace Raji when he goes. Sorry, just don’t see it.

  45. By Cripes on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    I would’ve rather had Troy Vincent, the guy presenting the pick.

  46. By Daniel on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    TT had to draft his annual failed d-lineman that we wait for a few years to develop and then forget about. It’s just a shame he had to waste our third round pick in doing so.

  47. By Swamp on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Raphael do you have any idea what best value means? This was not it sorry but nice try. To even try and make the stretch that this is a comparison to those two players is ridiculous. Too many “best available” players to even start some conversation about best available. From what perspective? Do you even understand the meaning of a draft that has numerous WR with the same skillset? There will be several taken tomorrow with the same skillset as Adams. Our defense (and especially the line play) needs a lot of help and we draft a position that can be had in round 4 and or 5. Nice try Taph but I’m not buying it.

  48. By Scott on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    Christian Jones, pls.

  49. By Scott on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    No ILB, no C – we are week in the middle (again).

  50. By Cripes on May 9, 2014 | Reply

    There, there’s the TE for the TE whiners. Rodgers to Rodgers, how could it miss? This team didn’t need anymore offense. How ’bout we get to the point where we can stop someone and get off the field once in awhile.

  51. By Michael on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    In a draft filled with with good WRs, why pick one in the second round. I know TT loves a wide out with a lot of catches, thinking it will be quicker for him to catch on with all that experience. He’ll be good in the red zone. But quite frankly, the kid from Wisconsin is better than this guy, he owned Ohio State’s best corner who was eventually drafted in the first round in 2014.

  52. By Adam on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    I strongly agree with this pick. He has the Size and Strength to be a big factor in this Offense… Do not forget the presence of Jordy Nelson, and Randal Cobb. and the Electric Presence of Eddy Lacey… This guy is perfect for man to man Coverage someone who can change a Game with one Electric Chance of a Throw up ball when Rodgers is Rushed, or off Play action… The size of this guy offers so many Options… If Packers manage to Resign Jermichael Finley, it will add so much Size in the Receiving and Tight End Corps… Watch out, as they will be a very fast high Productive Offense.

  53. By Cripes on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    Hey, Abbrederis, now that’s a good value pick at this point IMO.

  54. By Dante on May 10, 2014 | Reply

    remember when he made that one move on that one guy, cmon guys

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