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Dec 7, 2013; Fresno, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs wide receiver Davante Adams (15) runs with the ball after making a catch against the Utah State Aggies in the fourth quarter at Bulldog Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated the Aggies 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft Profile: Davante Adams, WR Fresno State

Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams is one of the least talked about prospects that could make a significant impact in his rookie year.  He is one of the most solid receivers coming up in this draft and could immediately become a team’s #2 wide receiver.

Davante Adams stands 6’2″ tall and weighs in at 212 pounds.  He has the height and frame that NFL teams look for in a wide receiver.  He uses that body well in the receiving game, maneuvering his body to create separation.  Once he gets that space, he has the leaping ability and soft hands to beat even the most skilled cornerbacks.  Sadly, he didn’t face elite competition at Fresno State, so he may look a bit better on tape at the college level than in the NFL.

Adams also found himself in a great position at Derek Carr’s go-to guy at Fresno State.  With Carr leaving Fresno State this year, Adams decided to follow him to the pros.

Here are his statistics over two years at Fresno State:

  • Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

    26 games played

  • 233 catches
  • 3031 receiving yards
  • 38 receiving touchdowns

Strengths

  •  Excellent leaping ability
  • Sturdy frame
  • Great hands
  • Fearless in traffic

Weaknesses

  •  Top speed is not ideal
  • Played against weak competition
  • Needs to be more physical when blocking

Fit For The Vikings

The Vikings already have Jennings and Patterson, but could always look to upgrade upon guys like Jerome Simpson or Rodney Smith.

My Take

Adams should be a lock to be a second round selection in the draft.  If he begins falling into the beginning of the 3rd round, the Vikings should consider using their pick on him to help bolster the wide receiving group.

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