Second-Round Pick: Davante Adams

After hitting home runs with previous second-round receivers Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Ted Thompson selected Fresno State's Davante Adams. During two seasons at the school, Adams put up numbers bordering on absurd. He caught 24 touchdown passes in 2013 alone.

Davante Adams

Wide Receiver
Fresno State University Bulldogs
Palo Alto, California
Palo Alto High School


One can only imagine what numbers Adams would have registered if he had only stayed the course and returned to college for the next two seasons. In just 26 games wearing a Bulldogs' uniform, he emphatically stated his case for being the best receiver the school has produced since the heydays of Henry Ellard (1979-82).

Adams holds 11 school records and five Mountain West Conference marks during his time at Fresno State. His 38 touchdown catches, shattered the previous school mark of 25 by several players, and he has produced at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games, doing that feat as both a freshman and sophomore. His scoring grabs also established a conference all-time mark, doing likewise by setting the school and league season-records for scoring receptions.

In 13 of his 26 appearances, he has gained at least 100 yards receiving, the second-best total in the MWC. He also set the league season and career marks with three 200-yard performances last season. His total of 24 touchdowns in 2013 also placed him fourth on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision's annual record chart. In eight of the contests, he recorded at least 10 receptions and only four times during his career did Adams fail to record a touchdown reception.

The Fresno State staff knew the kind of talent they were signing when they made Adams the only wide receiver in their 2011 recruiting class. He was a talented multi-sport athlete at Palo Alto High School, lettering in both football and basketball. As a junior, he recorded 29 receptions for 484 yards and seven touchdowns, along with bringing the crowd to its feet when he recovered a short kick to serpentine through the ground for a 67-yard runback.

Adams played on both sides of the ball as a senior, helping lead his team to the CIF state championship. As a receiver, he exploded for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns on 63 receptions, perhaps giving Fresno State fans a glimpse of what his future would be when he arrived on campus the following year. As a defensive back, he recorded 44 tackles, two for losses, as he caused a pair of fumbles, picked off a pass and deflected three others.

Regarded as a two-star prospect in both sports, Adams averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as a junior on the basketball team. During his final season on the hardwood court, he averaged 9.4 points, 5.4 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and o.3 blocks per game.

Adams turned down similar scholarship offers from California, Eastern Washington, Hawaii and San Jose State when he signed his national letter of intent to attend Fresno State on January 28, 2011. That season would be a learning experience for the youngster, as he was first assigned to the scout team, learning Pat Hill's pro-style offense. A coaching change led to the team scrapping that system for the spread formation, meaning that Adams had to undergo a crash course learning that complex scheme.

Let's just say that the student soon became the teacher. Even before he appeared in his first game for the Bulldogs, the other receivers were following Adams as if he was the modern day version of the Pied Piper. He was an instant sensation, becoming just the third player in program history to earn his league's Freshman of the Year Award. The unanimous All-Mountain West Conference first-team selection also garnered All-American honors, as he led the league in both receptions and yards gained receiving.

Adams also placed ninth in the nation with his 102 catches and ranked tenth with 1,312 yards. His pass-catch figure ranks fifth on the MWC season-record chart, while his 14 touchdowns rank fourth and yardage took the fifth spot on that annual chart. He also tied a school record by recording at least one touchdown in eight consecutive games to close out the season.

Adams and quarterback Derek Carr had developed instant chemistry, as the duo would hook up on 38 touchdowns over their two seasons together. Adams went on to rewrite any of the records he set the previous season in 2013. The Paul Warfield Award winner (nation's top receiver) led the FBS ranks with school and league season-records of 24 touchdowns. He finished second nationally with 1,718 yards receiving and led the major colleges with 131 receptions, establishing new MWC and team records.

Less than a week after the Bulldogs lost to Southern California in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl, Adams made a decision to leave school and enter his name into the 2014 NFL Draft pool. He closes out his short career ranked tenth among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players with 233 receptions, leads that group with an average of 8.96 catches per game and also paced the active players with 38 touchdown catches. Just three other players in the FBS in 2013 had at least 30 touchdown catches during their careers.


Adams started 26 games at Fresno State, where he is the only player to record multiple 100-reception, 1,000-yard, double digit-touchdown performances…Finished with 233 receptions for 3,030 yards (13.00 ypc) and 38 touchdowns, adding 16 yards on two punt returns and one solo tackle.

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