Photo of Vernon Adams

Combine Results

Grade
4.95 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.82 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 5'11" Height
  • 30 1/4" Arm Length
  • 200LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Though short for the position, Adams won numerous FCS honors in three years at EWU, completing 65 percent of his passes for more than 10,000 yards and a whopping 110 touchdowns. He then transferred to Oregon as a college graduate to take over for 2014 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 2 overall draft pick, Marcus Mariota. His final collegiate season did not go as planned, however, as he broke his right thumb playing against his former team in the opener, limiting him for a few games. Adams looked great once healthy (64.9 completion percentage, 2,643 yards, 26 touchdowns, six interceptions for 2015), leading the team to six straight wins. The honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick got hurt again in the Alamo Bowl, where his team blew the 28-0 lead Adams had built to lose, 47-41. Even though injuries kept him off the field most of his senior year, he proved not to shrink against the higher level of competition.


Pro Day Results


40-yard dash: 4.86 seconds
Vertical: 28 inches

Analysis

Strengths

Produced at a high level during his single season in the Ducks offense. Recognizes danger and typically avoids it. Only one of six interceptions due to decision-­making. Shows ability to get through progressions. No hesitation to bounce to next read if he spies too much congestion with primary reads. Throws with adequate touch to all levels. Has foot quickness to depart compressed pockets from variety of angles to extend play and complete passes. Packaged play potential.

Weaknesses

Short, light and small hands. High-end yards per attempt slightly misleading due to scheme. Below average anticipation outside of single read route combinations. Field vision marginal. Fails to see early, easy throws. Extended release time waiting for throwing windows to open wide. Forces offensive line into extended pass protection and high sack total (26). Hesitant to challenge secondary between the hashes. Antsy feet in pocket and prefers to leave and look over sitting tight. Has long windup with slightly below 3/4 delivery. Ball placement needs improvement.

Draft Projection

Undrafted free agent

Sources Tell Us

"I wouldn't draft him but I watched him at Eastern Washington and Oregon, and he's got something to him as a competitor. I would have no problem bringing him into camp and seeing what happens." -- NFC West area scout

NFL Comparison

B.J. Daniels

Bottom Line

Extremely undersized for the position, Adams had success at Oregon despite just one season within its scheme. He doesn't have optimal anticipation or field vision and missed big play opportunities as they were opening. Adams can hit deep balls on scramble throws and won't take unnecessary chances, but teams might pass on him due to "system and size" concerns. I wouldn't close the door on his chances to make a team due to athleticism and play-making potential in packaged plays.
-Lance Zierlein
C
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

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