Speedy WR in not-so-fast class of WRs

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on February 24, 2012 – 4:36 pm

INDIANAPOLIS–The wide receiver crop in this year’s draft class is not thought to be especially speedy, and that could raise the stock of Arkansas’ Joe Adams.

“I love being compared to DeSean Jackson. As far as making guys miss, that’s a big part of my game,” Adams said on Friday. “I can catch long or short. However the coach wants to get the ball into my hands, that’s how I’ll make plays.”

Adams is a smallish 5-10, 174, but he’s expected to run a sub-4.0 40 on Sunday and, should he do that or even run faster, Adams might start flying up boards. He raised his stock considerably at the Senior Bowl, where he proved to scouts that he’s more than just a bubble-screen receiver, which was predominantly how he was utilized at Arkansas.

“I think a lot of people doubted me because they didn’t have a chance to see me as a receiver,” Adams said.

He caught just about everything that was thrown to him at the Senior Bowl. He torched cornerbacks deep and caught the ball on slants, and that’s when the fun was just beginning. An NFL wide receivers coach told packers.com during a Senior Bowl practice that Adams might become the star of the draft. He also has kick-return ability.

“I didn’t really have a problem with any of the defensive backs,” Adams said during an interview with the media at the scouting combine.

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