Former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams is an intriguing name in this year’s NFL Draft class, but NFL.com’s Gil Brandt isn’t convinced. In assessing Adams, Brandt called the former Duck a “CFL-level quarterback,” citing his small build at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds.
“Adams throws the ball really well; he can really spin it. However, he’s on the shorter side for a quarterback. So, he’s probably a CFL-level player,” Brandt said.
Yes, Adams is small for a quarterback, and he didn’t exactly dazzle at the NFL Scouting Combine in running the 40 yard dash in 4.86 seconds. For someone marketing himself as a dual-threat quarterback, that number is far from ideal.
But to hold Adams’ size against him and immediately write him off as a Candian Football League quarterback is highly unfair. Keep in mind we’re talking about someone who played in 10 games last season and completed nearly 65 percent of his passes for 2,643 yards and 26 touchdowns while adding 148 yards and two scores on the ground.
On top of that, let’s not forget that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson listed as 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, and he has a Super Bowl ring to go with three Pro Bowl selections. That alone is proof positive that one doesn’t need to be built like an Adonis in order to be an effective NFL quarterback, so Brandt’s comments about Vernon Adams are just a bit off base.
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