Davante Adams Drafted in Second Round by Packers
May 9, 2014
Adams NFL Draft Packet By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams was selected with the 53rd overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft Friday night.
Adams follows quarterback Derek Carr as the second Bulldog taken in this year's draft. This marks the first time since 1990 that Fresno State has had two players go in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Both Carr and Adams were second round selections. In 1990, J.D. Williams went in the first round to Buffalo and Ron Cox went in the second round.
Adams becomes the 16th wide receiver drafted in school history and the first since Devon Wylie was a fourth round pick (No. 107 overall) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 16 wide receivers drafted out of Fresno State are the most of any position.
Adams also becomes the fifth Bulldog drafted by the Packers, the last being FS Tyrone Culver in the sixth round in 2006.
The 6-2, 216-pounder out of Palo Alto, Calif., spent three seasons in Fresno - one as a redshirt in 2011 before going on to garner All-America accolades over the next two seasons. He declared early for the NFL Draft after his redshirt sophomore season.
He was one of the most productive receivers in the country over the past two seasons when he set new school records for receptions (233) and touchdown catches (38). In just two seasons of play, Adams placed himself in a tie for 16th in FBS history in touchdown catches. He caught at least one TD pass in 22 of the 26 games he played in during his career as a Bulldog.
Adams left school as the nation's active career leader in touchdown receptions, receptions per game (9.0) and receiving yards per game (116.5). He set a new Fresno State record with 13 100-yard receiving games, which is one of 11 school records he owns.
As a sophomore in 2013, Adams led the FBS in receptions (131), touchdown receptions (24), games with 10 or more catches (6) and was second in receiving yardage (1,718) and receiving yards per game (132.2). His 24 TD catches in 2013 were eight more than any other FBS player recorded and rank as the fourth most in FBS history behind Troy Edwards (27 in 1998), Randy Moss (25 in 1997) and Stedman Bailey (25 in 2012).
Adams went on to receive the 2013 Paul Warfield Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus as the nation's best wide receiver and he was named to eight different All-America teams after his monster sophomore campaign.
In 2012 as a redshirt freshman, Adams was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year after catching 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns.
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