Jonathan Adams Jr
Strengths– Size, Contested Catches, Physicality, Leaping Ability, Strong Hands, Ball Skills
Weaknesses– Route Running, Lack of Top-End Speed, Lack of Power 5 Competition
Jonathan Adams Jr has put on 25 pounds of muscle since arriving at Arkansas State. It is that muscle that has allowed for him to develop the style of play that makes him so successful today. He has great size, at 6-foot-3, with exceptionally long arms that provides a long strike-zone for his quarterback. Adams has become notorious for his physicality, as he often bullies defensive backs in coverage. He will use his physicality to defeat defensive backs at the catch point.
He has a 40-inch vertical and has been called a ‘natural leaper’. His ability to win at the catchpoint is his best trait at this point in his young career. He uses his elite leaping ability in conjunction with his excellent timing to go up and catch the ball at its highest point.
Adams also has extremely strong hands, which allows for him to take the ball away from would-be defenders. He possesses high-level ball skills, which allows for him to turn 50-50 balls into 80-20 balls.
While not known as a guy with big straight-line speed, he is known to be a vertical threat and creates big-plays down the field. He knows how to use his physicality to box out and get in position to make the catch. His strong hands and flexible hips allow for him to quickly change direction on back shoulder throws or make catches over either shoulder down the field.
The only real knocks on Adams are route running and his lack of elite speed. He’s not an overly polished route runner as of yet, and he doesn’t have the kind of top-end speed that will allow him to just blow by corners and separate easily. If he can learn to get better sink with his hips and snap off his routes, he will get more separation at the top of his patterns.
These are things he can easily improve upon with a little coaching. Jonathan Adams has all the physical tools he needs to be a successful X receiver at the next level.
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Adams lack of Power 5 competition will unquestionably raise some red flags in the scouting community. He did play against Power 5 conference, Kansas State, but there’s not much that can be said about their defensive back talent. Regardless, when NFL scouts go back and review his film, that game is going to be the first game that they watch to try to compare and project his talents from there.
The good thing for Adams, is that he dominated when he played Kansas State. So scouts will at least feel good that when he played against his toughest competition, he played exceptionally well.
Scouts are going to love his physicality and his unteachable tools. With his size and leaping ability, he should be a guy who, at minimum, is a potential deep threat and quality red zone target in the NFL. Although his potential is much greater.
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