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Dynasty Prospect Profile: Josh Adams

By Kevin English 10:04am EDT 4/6/18

Josh Adams, RB, Notre Dame

Height: 6'2

Weight: 213

Age: 21.4


Combine Results

(percentile rank among all RBs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):

40-yard dash: DNP

Vertical: DNP

Broad: DNP

Bench Press: 18 reps (39th)

20-yard shuttle: DNP


College Career

You won’t find us doubting Adams’ commitment to football.

As a high school junior (2013), he tore his right ACL and meniscus. His MCL was badly sprained.

Remarkably, Adams returned in 2014 and posted 208-1,623-25.

The young RB reportedly dealt with nagging ankle and knee trouble for much of his Notre Dame career. But you wouldn’t know it based on the numbers.

He led the Fighting Irish in carries both as a sophomore and junior, with the latter campaign — at one point — garnering Heisman hype. He fell just 7 yards shy of Notre Dame’s single-season rushing record.

Adams’ career YPC of 6.6 is impressive, but his underlying figures look even better.

In 2017, he earned Pro Football Focus' 3rd best Elusive Rating in this draft class. He also averaged a massive 5.2 yards after contact per attempt — easily the best among draft-eligible backs. In total, 1,019 of Adams’ yards came after contact.

So, Adams clearly used his 225-pound frame effectively. Interestingly, though, he dropped 12 pounds after the season. While he didn’t run at the NFL Combine, Adams — a former sprinter — recorded a 4.48 forty-time at his Pro Day.

Color us shocked. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock dropped this tidbit while covering ND's Pro Day.

"He’s got a foot problem that’s apparently going to need some surgery. That’s going to hurt him a little bit," Mayock said. "I thought he was a third-day prospect, and I think the foot thing is going to hurt him a little bit, but with his height-weight-speed ratio, he has a chance."

We’ll see if Adams follows through with surgery. Either way, health will remain a hot topic as he enters the pros.

Film Study

Games watched - LSU, USC, NC State, Stanford, Virginia Tech (2016), Stanford (2015)

Adams boasts remarkable speed in the open field. This run against NC State was clocked at 22.37 MPH, per ESPN. According to NFL.com's Next Gen Stats, Leonard Fournette (22.05 MPH) notched the top NFL RB speed during a Week 5 run.

Here's another long dash ...


The flip side is that Adams won't see many opportunities like that in the NFL. Notre Dame's dominant O-line -- led by Quentin Nelson and Mike McGlinchey -- often opened some huge holes.

Adams does deserve some love for his power and tackle-breaking ability ...


Will that same power show up if he plays 2018 (and beyond) at 213 pounds? Or will his NFL team ask him to bulk up again?

As a pass catcher, Adams did most of his damage in 2016 (21 catches). He just doesn't profile as a major difference-maker in the NFL. Pro Football Focus' receiving grades came in below average, while he tallied a 10% drop rate in 2017.

Adams makes a relatively easy grab in the clip below but doesn't show much wiggle after the catch.


Fantasy Potential

Adams overcame a nasty knee injury to enjoy a productive 3-year career. He has plenty of NFL long-speed -- and a power game that could work well in goal line/short-yardage situations. He's also praised as a team-first, high character guy with an impeccable work ethic.

Adams simply doesn't have great short-area burst or agility -- key traits in today's game. Another one -- receiving upside -- just isn't evident on tape.

Throw in Adams' medical concerns and a loaded RB class, and it's possible he slides late into day 3 of the draft. He might need the perfect scenario -- or an injury ahead of him on the depth chart -- to see substantial work.

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