Packers 2016 Draft: Best available players on day three
By Kenn Korb
Jerell Adams, TE
As a whole, the tight ends in this draft tend to not be an overly exciting group, and in terms of potential high-quality production it would be ambitious to believe too highly in any of the guys here beyond Hunter Henry.
That doesn’t mean the others here don’t have something of value to offer the teams that draft them, however.
Adams’ main strength right now lies in his blocking abilities; of the tight end in the main conferences last season, he led the field with the best run blocking. His blocking is good enough to the point teams could actually feel safe in allowing him to hold off defensive ends now and then if necessary, and he holds himself (in a good way usually, though sometimes in the bad way that causes penalties) through plays.
To go with the blocking, he also has impressive straight-line speed that can be used for attacking the middle of the field (an area the Packers could definitely use an upgrade in). Combined with good body control, and there are plenty of characteristics to like.
Green Bay grabbed Jared Cook in free agency and has Richard Rodgers — plus a couple developmental guys from the last draft as well — but there is work to be done in moving this position forward.
Adams could help, both in the short term (the Packers have also had issues with blocking from the tight end position) and the long (draft profiles note that he could become an eventual starter, and Jared Cook could just be seen as a stop-gap).
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