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Draft Profile – No. 89 WR Joe Adams


JOE ADAMS/WIDE RECEIVER

Personal

Joe Adams

Born – November 22, 1989 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Family – Mom is Charlotte Allman.

Physical

  • Height – 5-feet, 10 ¾ inches.
  • Weight – 179 pounds.
  • Arm – 31 7/8 inches.
  • Hand – 9 3/8 inches.
  • Wing span – 75¼.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.55 seconds.
  • Bench press – 7 reps at 225 pounds (at Arkansas Pro-Day).
  • Vertical jump – 36 inches.
  • Broad jump – 10-feet, 3 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.09 seconds.

Hometown

Adams grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas.

High School

Adams was a member of the graduating class of 2008 at Central Arkansas Christian High School. He played football, basketball and he was part of the track and field team. On the football field, he played quarterback, receiver and cornerback for the Mustangs and Coach Tim Perry.

2007 – In his senior season the Mustangs went 10-2-1 and he was named to the Associated Press All-Arkansas team as a defensive back. He was also named the Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year. Adams finished that season with 80 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4 sacks, along with 5 INTs and 15 passes broken up. He returned one of those interceptions 77 yards for a touchdown. He had 742 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, while catching passes for 770 yards and another 435 yards in the return game. He also threw a pair of TD passes.

815 yards rushing 10 TDs. Threw for 101 and 2 TDs and had a 94yard punt return for a score. He had 122 tackles and 5 INTs.

2006 – Adams ran for 857 yards on 75 carries with 14 TDs as a junior, and also caught 29 passes for 633 yards and 9 scores. He averaged 27.5 yards on nine punt returns with 2 more TDs. 882 yards rushing g

2005 – In his sophomore season, he scored 11 TDs and had 5 INTs at defensive back. On offense, he played quarterback.

Recruiting

Rivals scouting service ranked him as the No. 2 prospect in Arkansas and a 4-star talent, while Scout. Com had him as a 4-star player and the No. 8 cornerback in the country.

Adams drew interest from Arkansas, Florida, Southern California, Clemson, Georgia, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma.

He committed to Arkansas on February 6, 2008.

College

In four seasons, Adams ranks second on Arkansas’ all-time receiving list with 164 catches. He’s fourth in school history with 2,410 receiving yards and seven 100-yard receiving games and he’s tied for fourth with 17 receiving TDs. His five punt returns are tied for the third best career mark in SEC history.

2011 – Adams was named the SEC Special Teams Player of the Year, while also being named to numerous All-America teams as a returner, including second-team All-America from Associated Press as an all-purpose back. He was also on the All-SEC first-team squad. His four TDs on punt returns topped the nation and tied the SEC single season record. He was the only player in the country during the 2011 season with rushing, receiving and return touchdowns.

2010 – Appeared in 12 of 13 games, missing one due to an ankle injury. Adams led the team in receiving yardage with 813 receiving yards on 50 catches. He had three games of 100 yards-plus in receiving yards. Adams set a new school record for longest punt return when he took one back 97 yards for a score against Ole Miss.

2009 – Adams played in 10 games, starting seven times. He missed three games after suffering a mild stroke. Still he finished the season productive enough to be named second team All-SEC. He had two games with 100 yards plus

2008 – As a true freshman, Adams appeared in all 12 games. He finished third on the team in receptions.

Year

G/S

Rec

Yds

Avg

TD

Run

Yds

Avg

TD

PR

Yds

TD

Rec

2011

13/13

54

652

12.1

3

10

139

13.9

1

19

321

4

11-2*

2010

12/11

50

813

16.3

6

6

32

5.3

0

16

249

1

10-3*

2009

10/7

29

568

19.6

7

5

31

6.2

1

1

0

0

8-5*

2008

12/0

31

377

12.2

1

6

46

7.7

0

0

0

0

5-7

Total

47/31

164

2,410

14.7

17

27

248

9.2

2

36

570

5

32-17

Passing: 1 of 1 for 6 yards and a TD. Kick returns: 7 for 124 yards. *-2011 (Cotton Bowl); 2010 (Liberty); 2009 (Sugar).

Hospital & Training Room Report

In October 2009, Joe Adams was going through a weight lifting session in the days before Arkansas was going to play Auburn. He noticed a nasty headache and in fact, it got so severe, he sought help from the trainers. They sent him to the doctors, who ordered up an MRI on his brain.

That’s when it was discovered that Adams suffered what the school has always termed “a mild stroke.” He sat out the next three games, but returned later that season and hasn’t had any problems with migraines and strokes since.

“I was amazed the year that he had (the stroke) because he came back … and played a couple games, and was very good in those games,” Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said of Adams. “They targeted what the cause was, he’s done a nice job of taking care of himself and doing everything right off the field. He’s in great physical condition and he’s a real special young man with the ball in his hands.”

Video

An amazing punt return – http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2011/video-joe-adams-punt-return/

Another amazing Adams return vs. K-State – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M8sU8f_Aes

Arkansas-Auburn highlights 2011 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swbDzsG_Kaw&feature=related

Evaluation

Strengths – Explosive runner-receiver, he’s got a blink of an eye first step and he goes zero to 60 faster than just about any player you’ve seen. He gets going so fast that at times it seems like he’s gliding rather than running. Can operate in tight areas and can change directions at the snap of a finger. He’s got balance, lower body strength and very good vision. He is always looking to make the big play. He’s lined up in the backfield at times and took snaps, running Wildcat plays.

Deficits – His lack of size and bulk make him vulnerable to a big hit. He’s very inconsistent in catching the ball and he’ll get the drops. Because he’s always looking to make the big play, he can get caught losing yardage when he zigs when he should have zagged. Ball security can be a concern and sometimes seems to lose his concentration when he’s yelling and talking. He’s been restrained by teammates on the field several times during his career. He catches the ball too many times with his body.

Analysis – He’s just an inch taller than Dexter McCluster and has the same body-type, and thus his durability remains in question. Adams is determined to make something of his career, as he takes care of his body, has changed his diet and has done all the things a player of his stature must do to make up for his lack of size.

What the scouts say

An AFC scout said“There are things he does with the ball on a return that even great players can’t do. He’s a lot like McCluster physically, but he can handle a return the way Dante Hall used to do. He’s not a No. 1 or 2 receiver, but could cause problems in the slot. Limited in what he can give you, but it you hit, it’s going to be big.”

An NFC scout said“Too many concerns about his lack of bulk. It’s not just being short, he’s not muscled up. You can’t hit what you can’t catch. If he gets caught, it could take only once to finish him. His health problem is a concern as well. You just don’t see that happen with a young man like that.”

What Joe Adams said

“I’m a good kick returner and punt returner too. I have a knack for the ball and I’ve also played quarterback so I’m real versatile. I can read the holes well and always find the opening. I still want to get stronger (benches 235 pounds, squats 405 pounds) and I’m also working on my route-running.”

What others say about Joe Adams.

“I knew how tough Joe was when we were in high school. I was a senior and we were playing a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. I had all the studs on my team. It was just Joe, and he picked up a couple not-so-good players. They almost won. I guarded him, and it felt like he was about 300 pounds, about 7 feet. He was just a tough athlete. He’s just a great kid to have on our team.” Former high school and college teammate tight end D.J. Williams

Does he fit with the Chiefs?

Not as long as they have Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas. The explosive possibilities of a player like Adams are something that every team seeks, but the Chiefs have their quota of little skinny guys that can run fast.

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