Photo of Jerell Adams
Drafted By: Giants
  • Round 6
  • Pick 9
  • Overall 184

Combine Results

5.46 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.31 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.52 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Giants likely saw a lot of Larry Donnell in Adams as a pass-catcher. He's a power forward who can "out-rebound" opponents in traffic and can get you a little extra after the catch. Solid value pick. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'5" Height
  • 34 3/8" Arm Length
  • 247LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands


Adams took over as the primary target after Rory Anderson went down with an injury in 2014 and excelled, using his height and strider's speed to finish with 21 catches for 279 yards and one score on the year. Even in a year in which the Gamecocks struggled to move the ball through the air (they ranked in the bottom quarter of the FBS), he set career highs with 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns. The former star high school basketball player has the physical skills to excel as a receiver and blocker in the NFL.

Pro Day Results

Bench: 18 reps of 225 pounds



Plays with good foot quickness inside his routes. Able to go up top and snare high throws with his long arms. Has the play speed and vertical feel to attack the seam and split Cover 2 safeties. Competes hard after the catch as a runner using jukes and spin moves to elude tacklers. Averaged 6.9 yards after catch. Looks spindly on the hoof, but buys into his role as a blocker. Can lock on and sustain a block longer than expected and was used in pass pro. Good teammate and well­-liked in the locker room.


Has decent straight line speed but isn't overly athletic. Upright into his routes and doesn’t offer much bend in and out of his breaks. Doesn't show much acceleration for separation out of his cuts. Hands are a little stiff and will fight some throws. Limited flexibility and unable to consistently adjust to poorly thrown balls. Off­-target throws stay off-­target.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Tyler Kroft

Bottom Line

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
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster