Davante Adams came in at No. 22 in NFL Mocks’ wide receiver rankings for 2018.
The Green Bay Packers‘ receiver has put together two excellent seasons. He has 22 touchdowns to his name since the start of 2016.
Adams’ release off the line of scrimmage is almost impossible to defend. He’s one of the best at it in the league.
Adams is a tremendous red zone target. And after a season filled with drops in 2015, he’s not only improved in this area, but also has an impressive catch radius.
The 2014 second-round pick is now the Packers’ top receiver on the depth chart, and is considered one of the best at the position in the league.
Erik Lambert of NFL Mocks ranked the top receivers in the NFL this week. He had Adams at No. 22:
"“Adams went for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns with Brett Hundley being his primary QB for most of the season. That was enough to earn him Pro Bowl honors and enough for the Packers to let go of longtime ace Jordy Nelson. If that’s not a nod of approval, nothing is. Now what can Adams do with a full season as the main guy with Rodgers under center?”"
Lambert makes some great points.
While Aaron Rodgers‘ injury was bad news for the Green Bay Packers, it did allow Adams to prove he’s not just a product of his quarterback. He continued to produce week after week.
If both can stay healthy in 2018, it’s exciting to think how good Adams can be.
He was unlucky not to hit 1,000 yards in 2016. He finished just three yards short of the milestone. Three. Yards. He did, however, catch a career-best 12 touchdown passes. What made it all the more impressive was that Jordy Nelson was the team’s leading receiver that season, catching 97 passes for 1,257 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns.
As the Packers’ No. 2 receiver, Adams posted 1,000 yards (well, 997, but let’s give him 1,000) and the league’s second-highest number of touchdowns. Not bad at all.
Following Nelson’s departure, Adams becomes Rodgers’ top target. Although it’s fair to say he had already become the team’s best receiver last season.
Not only do I expect Adams to finally hit 1,000 yards, along with double-digit touchdowns for a third straight year, I also predict this will be the season he is considered one of the league’s elite at the position.
The real question now is whether Adams should be ranked higher on the list, or is No. 22 about right?
Should Adams be in the top-15?