Josh Adams

Notre Dame
RB

Prospect Info

College
Notre Dame
Hometown
Class
Warrington, PA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
213 lbs
33 3/4”
Hands
9 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.10
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
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Adams and top offensive tackle prospect Mike McGlinchey are two of the three Pennsylvania natives on the Irish's 2017 roster. Adams was an all-state pick as a senior (1,623 yards, 25 touchdowns, 7.8 yards per carry), coming off a junior year where he was limited by a torn ACL. He was the backup to 2016 third-round pick C.J. Prosise as a true freshman, starting three of 13 games played, covering 835 yards and scoring six times on 117 carries (his 7.1-yard average would have ranked fourth in the country if he had enough carries to qualify). He made a name for himself with a 98-yard run against Wake Forest (longest play from scrimmage in Notre Dame) and 168 yards against Stanford in the rivalry game, scoring on a 62-yard run and setting Notre Dame's freshman single-game rushing record. Adams started nine of 12 games as a sophomore, both sidestepping to find holes and bulling through second-level defenders to lead the Irish with 933 yards (5.9 per attempt) and five scores. He also contributed as a receiver, catching 21 passes for 193 yards and a score. Adams' junior season made him a national name, as he started all 13 games for the Irish, finishing among the nation's leaders with 1,430 yards and scoring nine times on 206 carries (13 receptions, 101 yards).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Adams has tremendous size, but part of his power relies on building momentum which could be beyond his control on the next level. If it's blocked up for him, Adams has the frame to add yardage after contact but he doesn't offer up the elusiveness or burst to create the initial yardage needed as a reliable pro running back. His size should land him on a roster, but staying there over the long haul will be tough.
Strengths
  • Built like a monster with broad shoulders and muscular lower half
  • Lauded by coaching staff for his humility and team-first attitude
  • More comfortable as downhill battering ram
  • Absorbs and drives through initial contact
  • Runs with squared pads and falls forward
  • Able to tear through arm tackles
  • Has impressive build up speed measured at 22.37 mph versus North Carolina State
  • Consistently productive from season to season
Weaknesses
  • Excessive lower body tightness
  • Slow starter out of his stance and takes a long time to get going
  • Tackle breaking affected by lack of initial play speed
  • Slow to process traffic and find alternate routes
  • One speed runner
  • Lacks the burst to explode through tight creases
  • Lacks wiggle and feet are missing desired responsive quickness
  • Not built for outside run game
  • Unreliable pass catcher
  • Hands are below average
  • Doesn't show enough commitment as a blocker

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league