You can never have enough guys on your offense who have the ability to make big plays. I think the Eagles were have the opportunity to add a few more of these guys through the draft. One possibility is Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams.
At 5-11 and 180 pounds, he’s a little bit bigger than DeSean Jackson but basically has the same frame. He has the same kind of speed as Jackson, even though he ran a disappointing 4.55 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
The thing that I really like about Adams is his versatility. He’s more than just a receiver. He has the ability to lineup in the backfield and play running back. He often took a lot of end-around plays. He was also used a lot on wide receiver screens, getting the ball into his hands quickly and giving him the opportunity to make a play.
At the same time, he can lineup wide and stretch the field with his speed and also does well on intermediate to deep routes across the field.
Another aspect that Adams have that would be beneficial for the Eagles is his ability as a return specialist. He has returned both punts and kickoffs and has had a pretty good amount of success.
The biggest question mark to me is Adams’ hands. I wouldn’t call them bad, but I would say he’s very inconsistent. At times, he makes incredible catches. However, he seems to drop a lot of easy balls, especially ones that could have resulted in big plays.
Adams is never going to be a standout number one receiver, but he should fit in somewhere as a role player on offense and as a return specialist.
Check out this video of Adams against Georgia, Auburn, and Ohio State, via DraftBreakdown.com.
I think Adams is an intgriuging player for the Eagles. Now that Jackson got his big contract, I think the Eagles would really like to take the punt return duties out of his hands (except in maybe that we need a miracle kind of situation). He’d also be able to return kicks which has been an area of concern.
The Eagles don’t have the need for a top-end receiver right now, but I think they would be able to find plenty of ways to use Adams. We’ve seen them try to run a bunch of those “cute” plays over the years, and I think they could put in some packages to run for Adams.
Most project Adams to be a fourth or fifth round selection, and at that point in the draft, I think the Eagles would be able to try and spend a pick on a guy with playmaking ability.