Former South Carolina tight end Jerell Adams was one of the few standouts in a lackluster tight end class. Adams was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Adams wasn’t a prolific performer at South Carolina, but used a strong performance at the NFL combine to generate some buzz around his draft stock. Adams ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, the fastest time among tight ends at the combine, and was also a top performer in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttle drills. He surprisingly fell in the draft despite being projected as one of the top four players at his position and was the sixth tight end taken.
Adams’ 6-foot-5, 247-pound frame combined with his athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect at the next level. He isn’t a pure pass catcher nor a mauler in the run blocking department. Adams can do enough of both to get on the field right away at the next level with some coaching.
He was South Carolina’s second-leading receiver last season, catching 28 passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He caught 66 passes for 977 yards and seven touchdowns during his four-year career with the Gamecocks.
Adams could be an immediate impact player for the Giants, who severely lack talent at tight end. Last year’s starter, Will Tye, caught 42 passes for 464 yards and three touchdowns for the G-men. Adams could step in and play right away in the Big Apple.