Photo of Joe Adams
Drafted By: Panthers
  • Round 4
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 104

Combine Results

78.2 ?
  • 4.55 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 36.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.09 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Adams adds an explosive dimension to the Panthers' passing game. He will contribute as a No. 3 receiver initially before occupying a bigger role down the role.

  • 5'11" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 179LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


Adams was an electrifying player as a senior. Many will remember his punt return against Tennessee earlier in the year, and that would be a good representation of the type of explosiveness and talent Adams will bring to the next level. Though he does have the skills to excel at the wide receiver position, his ability to return kicks immediately will boost his value in many teams' minds. He has good vision in the open field and the explosiveness and agility to make people miss and turn up the field. The type of returner/receiver who looks to score each time he has the ball, Adams will look to contribute in many facets at the next level. He should expect to be picked somewhere in the second round.



Adams has an agility and quick burst that makes it possible for him to make one move and see daylight. This serves him well as a returner and a slot receiver. He is a natural, savvy ball carrier and displays a smoothness when catching bubble screens and quick passes of that sort. His best trait is his ability to separate at the top of routes even when blanketed. He can stick his foot in the ground to snap out of his breaks. Corners often inadvertently fly by as he snaps off curl routes. He is a patient runner who runs fluidly and even has the athletic ability to change speeds and set corners up in-phase before breaking hard one way to get himself open. He has the long speed to get open deep. He has a professional understanding of how to run routes at his size and stem off the ball to gain separation. He is a very polished receiver, and his athletic ability should serve him well at the next level working out of the slot.


Adams is not a very tough player in traffic, and he uses his body to try to secure the catch too often, which leads to drops. He is hesitant as a blocker and not strong enough to keep corners engaged. He needs to play more physical to be effective at the next level.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.