Vernon Adams, Jr.

University of Oregon
QB #3
5’11” 201

Pros:

  • Escapability; the play is never over as long as he has the ball in his hands
  • Proven leader and winner
  • Intelligent; earned the starting job after three weeks with the team and posted great numbers (a testament to his ability to learn the playbook quickly)
  • Athleticism and agility
  • Incredible accuracy and touch on the run
  • Spins the ball well with great velocity
  • Climbs the ladder; moves well in the pocket
  • Constantly keeps his eyes down the field
  • Huge arm for someone his size; can make throws all over the field
  • Tremendous feet
  • MVP of the Shrine Game where he displayed all qualities against quality competition
  • Decision making
  • Ultimate competitor with a will to improve and win (Redshirted in 2011 at EWU, earning Scout Team Player of the Year; came off the bench against Sam Houston State in the 2012 FCS playoffs and almost guided the Eagles to victory after being down 35-0 at halftime)
  • Finishes throws and stands in the face of pressure
  • Displays a feel and rhythm for the game

Cons:

  • Obvious questions about his size (5’11″, 201) and Oregon’s system
  • Occasionally late on throws, leaving receivers exposed once they catch the ball
  • Will make receivers work for the ball
  • String of injuries this past season
  • Pressure will cause him to force throws and take sacks
  • Small frame
  • Many yards came after the catch on screens and short passes
  • Inconsistent accuracy and timing down the field
  • Low release point

The graduate transfer had a rough start to his senior campaign with the Ducks, suffering a hand injury that held him out of three contests and limited his play against Utah, a stretch that saw the Ducks go 2-2 before leaving the Alamo Bowl due to a head injury. The Pasadena native needed to first pass a math test to become eligible and couldn’t begin practicing with the team and learning the playbook until mid-August, three weeks before their first game. Adams proceeded to throw for 2,643 yards and 26 touchdowns and run for another 184 and two, all against only six interceptions. He completed 64.9 percent of his passes with a 179.1 quarterback rating, the 10th highest mark in FBS history.

Pro comp: B.J. Daniels

Projected draft value: 6th-7th round

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