Third String: Jerell Adams
A projected third-fourth round Draft selection by NFL.com, Jerell Adams’ stock likely took a tumble due to his lack of collegiate production in a struggling University of South Carolina passing attack.
In an offense that ranked in the bottom quarter of the FBS in passing yards, Adams hauled in 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns during the 2015 season.
Though his season totals don’t jump off the page, there is still a lot to like regarding his upside. At 6’5″ and 247 lbs, he is a tall, strong, and athletic target, putting up 18 reps on the 225 lbs bench, a 4.64 forty yard dash, and 4.31 second 20 twenty yard shuttle.
Adams’ speed and strength was evident both in the box score and in how his coaching staff used him last season. He excelled in catching passes on seam and vertical routes (averaging 6.9 yards after the catch), while also being a reliable enough blocker that he was often asked to stay and assist in pass protection.
South Carolina TE Jerrell Adams is a dual-threat receiver and the next sleeper pick in the drafthttps://t.co/9CtjNMsJYb
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) April 14, 2016
Adams was a steal for the Giants towards the bottom of the Draft and has little to no risk of being cut after having just been drafted. Even a mediocre showing during the preseason should secure his place on the Giants 53-man roster.
Look for New York to slowly work Adams into the offense as the season progresses. He projects to be a red zone threat or extra tight end in heavy packages.