Notre Dame Running Back #33
Junior, 6’2” 225
-Home run ability
-Benefits from good o-line
-Average all around back, with lack of elite traits
-Struggles with balance
Josh Adams was a 3-star recruit from Warrington, PA. He was the 17th best player in his state and 87th best at his position. Adams held offers from seven schools and choose Notre Dame. He finishes his career with the fighting Irish with 480 carries for 3,201 yards and 20 touchdowns. He also had 41 catches for 336 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns during his college career. Adams played in all his games for the Fighting Irish and had his best year this past season. He came alive and posted 1,430 yards and 9 touchdowns on 206 carries.
Josh Adams was a productive college running back but I don’t know if he will be at the next level. He struggles with his balance and isn’t a receiving back. In today’s NFL you need to be able to catch the ball and I’m not sure if he can be a difference maker there. He had a lot of big runs, including four over 70 yards, but doesn’t have the speed to break those runs at the next level. He benefited a lot from having a great offensive line. On a lot of his big runs he had a 5-yard hole to run though and no defender trying to stop him. That of course will allow you to have huge runs if no one is in front of you to tackle you.
Adams is an all around average back but lacks the elite qualities you look for like speed, balance, vision and creation, etc. This will make it hard for him to have a starting role at the next level. His biggest attribute is blocking. He is an elite pass blocker and even is a lead blocker on trick or reverse plays. He excels in this well and is good at taking the defenders out of the play. This is something that teams do look for but if that’s your best quality then there is a problem.
Adams is a very physical runner. He lowers his shoulder at contact and always fights for yards. He has a good frame which will allow him to better absorb the big hits at the next level. I think his best role is a complimentary back, where he can carry the ball on third and shorts and be a blocker on passing downs.
Rating Josh Adams
(all out of 10)
Lateral Quickness: 6.8
Tackle Breaking: 7.9
My Grade: 3rd round
Projected round: 3rd-4th round
Games Watched: vs Stanford (17), vs LSU (17), vs USC (17), vs N.C. State (17), vs Miami (16)