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South Carolina Gamecocks NFL Draft Profile: Jerell Adams

Jerell Adams is one of the most intriguing players in this years draft with his upside and potential.

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College Career In Review:

Jerell Adams had an up and down career but showed incredible upside. Many thought when he arrived at South Carolina in 2012 he would eventually break out as a super star, and despite being on the Freshman All-SEC Team in 2012 he never fully developed. Known as mismatch for defenses, Adams is a balanced TE will the ideal intangibles that the NFL looks for. Adams finished his career as a  South Carolina Gamecock with 66 receptions, 977 yards receiving, and 7 TDs.

Strengths:

Jerell Adams doesn't do one thing incredibly great but does a lot of things well. While his height poses problems for defenses, he can help a team either by blocking or being a passing treat. He is not limited to one or the other. Physicality is not something Adams shy away from. Often times, Adams uses his physical attributes to bully defenders in the passing game.

Weaknesses:

Inconsistency was Adams biggest issue at South Carolina. At times he would shine and play at a very high level, then other times look like an average TE. He has had a few issues of holding onto the ball after the catch and has shown to be not as athletic on his feet despite his versatility to be both a receiving TE and a blocking TE.

What They're Saying:

From NFL.com

"Tall and lanky for a tight end, Adams actually has better play strength than the eye­ test might indicate. Adams doesn't have the surest hands in this draft, but he is unique in that he can challenge defenses down the field and shows the potential to be helpful as a run blocker. Adams should come in as a quality backup with an "eventual starter" tag tied to him."
-Lance Zierlein

Draft Projection:

I thought the last sentence in the quote from Lance Zierlein is what the general consonance is on Jerell Adams. Everyone sees the ability and intangibles, its about putting them both together on a more consistent level. It will be more difficult to accomplish in a much tougher level, something he couldn't do in college. I would expect Adams to be drafted in the 4th or 5th round. At the combine, he could catch an organizations eye a jump into the 3rd round.