2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: WR Jonathan Adams Jr

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Arkansas State wide receiver Jonathan Adams Jr. exploded during his senior season with the Red Wolves, logging more than 1,100 yards in 10 games and showcasing some really high-level ball skills in the process. Adams Jr. is a physical menace at the catch point who bullies defenders in coverage and plays with the kind of attitude and confidence that you would expect to find in a stereotypical possession receiver. Adams Jr. wins as a vertical threat as well, showcasing back-shoulder prowess and high point ability that allow him to pluck the football out of the vicinity of defenders and create explosive plays down the field. This isn’t an overly polished route-runner and as a result Adams Jr. may require some patience upon his entry into the NFL in order to live up to his potential—but he’s got the leaping ability and ball skills to become a valuable asset down the road. Despite a limited resume returning kicks as a freshman, don’t look for or expect such a role in the NFL, as he doesn’t have the kind of build or short-area agility to really shine in the return game. 

Ideal Role: Developmental X-receiver.

Scheme Fit: Vertical passing offense.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

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Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.