GREEN BAY – If the Green Bay Packers’ recent history with second-round wide receivers is any indication, Fresno State’s Davante Adams should be a good one.
The Packers took Adams with the 53rd overall pick in the NFL Draft Friday evening, adding him to the list of second-round wideouts taken by Ted Thompson. In now 10 drafts in Green Bay, Thompson has taken Texas A&M’s Terrence Murphy (2005), Western Michigan’s Greg Jennings (2006), Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson (2008) and Kentucky’s Randall Cobb (2011). Murphy’s career was cut short by a neck injury suffered during his rookie season, but Jennings, Nelson and Cobb have all been highly productive.
"In talking with him at the combine, his mindset is right as far as what's necessary to go to the next level,” Packers wide receivers coach Edgar Bennett said of Adams.
After redshirting as a freshman, the third-year sophomore caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2012 and had 131 receptions for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns last year while playing with Derek Carr, who went with the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick of the second round (No. 36 overall).
Adams clocked 4.59 seconds in 40-yard dash, went 39 1/2 inch in vertical jump and 10 feet 3 inches in broad jump.
Adams was one of 12 wide receivers to go in the first two rounds of the draft, a modern era record. He was the ninth receiver taken.
“It was brutal,” Adams said of the wait. “[But] I couldn't be happier being anywhere else. Aaron Rodgers has always been one of my favorite quarterbacks. I can't wait to get started."
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