BullDogs ~ 6006/210
Being Linemen, they are indeed required to line up on the Line of Scrimmage before the Snap, unlike the others.
As this places them nose to nose with the opposing CornerBack ~ whereas the SlotBacks & Flankers are allowed to align a couple steps back, thus affording them more room to maneuver ~ they need to be beefier.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, the Split End is whoever lines up as the Split End...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are Split Ends by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, Flankers & SlotBacks. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
The most compelling Attributes of a Split End, in the 21st Century, are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Separation. Getting Open. This encompasses their ability to beat Press, their Acceleration out'f the Blocks, their Routing Precision, their Agility, their Ricochet, their capacity to outsmart Defenders, and their Instincts.
Catching. This encompasses Hands, Catch Radius, Vertical Agility, and Timing.
Navigation. How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power, Agility, and Field Vision.
Blocking. Having a WideOut who doesn't Block effectively is like having 10 Men on the Field of Battle.
Catching ~ Inconsistent, though with Potential. Adams flashes soft Hands and exhibits impressive Tracking skills, but he's inconsistent as a Catcher and with his Combat Skills at the CatchPoint very effective in Boxing Out.
Navigation ~ Exceptional. Adams employs his excellent Fluidity and crispy Ricochet to great Advantage after the Catch.
Blocking ~ Deficient. Adams has a great Frame for the job, but displays ineffective Combat Tactics.
Fresno State didn't run a very diverse Routing Scheme, so Adams's Routing is developmental at this stage. He'll probably need a Year or two to mentally Take It Through The Gears in order to reach the point where the Routing Tree becomes second nature to'm. He hasn't done much much more complex than "Run Like Hell & I'll Throw You The Ball."
That can be remedied with Training, Time, and Diligent Dedication, and everything that I've read about Adams's Character speaks highly both his Intelligence and his Work Ethic, so there's little to worry about on that account.
He's also inconsistent in catching the Ball, albeit with Flashes of Brilliance.
His 40 Time, on the other hand, doesn't bother me at all: Separation is potentially his greatest Strength, in time.
Unless he's installed as a complimentary Receiver who's bidden to run those Fade Routes that made Derek Carr look so good at Fresno State, it might take a Year or two for Adams to make a significant Impact at The Next Level.
But I believe their is Potential for'm to develop into a Starter before too long, and quite possibly an exceptional one.
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