The San Francisco 49ers are in danger of becoming slim at the wide receiver position. Anquan Boldin is set to hit the market as a free agent coming off of a 1,000 yard season. Michael Crabtree will have a contract expiring soon as well. In my opinion, both of them are players that need to be resigned in order to help Colin Kaepernick continue to develop as a quarterback. There are a few prospects at the wide receiver position that can also help. One of those is a local prospect, Davante Adams.
Davante Adams excelled at Fresno State in a wide open passing attack. He put up video game like numbers. As a sophomore in 2013 he led the nation with 131 receptions for 1,719 yards and 24 touchdowns. If you watch his game film, you will see a player that is ultra aggressive at the catch point. It is clear that when the ball is in the air, he feels that he is the only person on the field that has the rights to it. Watch how he high points the ball in traffic. Watch how strong he is at the catch point. His hands are very strong which allows him to make contested catches frequently.
It seems like Adams is boxing out under the boards in preparation to get a rebound when the ball is coming his way, especially in the red zone. That is no surprise to anyone who has followed Adams since high school. He played basketball for Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto. Adams was also a hit on the football field as he had 64 receptions for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The 49ers need a receiver that will help increase their red zone efficiency. Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans are definitely options, but they will require a trade up to get in position to draft. Adams is a jump ball player as well, but is a few inches shorter at 6-2. However, he plays like he is 6-4 or 6-5. He is likely to be there when the 49ers pick which is currently the 30th pick.
Adams has a thick frame that is built for the rough and tough NFC West Division. He may not have the speed of a Tavon Austin but he surely has the toughness and alpha gene that is required to dominate from the receiver position. The comparisons to Michael Crabtree are inevitable because of the jersey number and ability to generate extra yards after the catch from breaking tackles. However, the player that I see Adams becoming is an Alshon Jeffrey like weapon that can have an impact from the X position and consistently win outside against aggressive defensive backs.
The combine is coming up soon and many eyes will be on Davante Adams. I want to see how he performs on the track and in the short shuttle. His vertical is also something that I will be interested in. Keep your eyes on this prospect because he will without a doubt be on the 49ers draft board as they get ready to gear up for the 2014 season.