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Oregon QB Vernon Adams puts on a show in the Shrine Game

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JANUARY 23:  Vernon Adams Jr. #3 from Oregon playing on the West Team looks to throw during the first half of the East West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field on January 23, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) Getty Images

College all-star games are an opportunity for players who might look like they’re not a good fit in the NFL to show scouts that they can perform against the best of their peers. And no player did a better job of that in Saturday’s Shrine Game than former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams.

Adams has a lot going against him in the eyes of the NFL: He’s only 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. He played only one season of big-time college football after transferring from Eastern Washington to Oregon, and he got hurt that year. He hasn’t played in a pro-style offense.

But Adams was outstanding on Saturday, completing six of nine passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns, and also adding two rushes for 24 yards. Former Falcons head coach June Jones, who coached the West team in the Shrine Game, said on NFL Network after the game that he believes Adams has NFL talent.

“Everybody says he can’t play in the NFL. Well, he can play in the NFL and somebody’s going to give him an opportunity to do that. Now whether he makes it or not, it’s up to him. He has all those things that the great ones have. He gets better as the game goes on,” said Jones. “He’s going to have to fight the size thing more than he ever has, but I think if everything’s equal when you see the production, his completion percentage in practice was unbelievable, and again tonight, you saw what he can do when he looked one way and threw the other way. He has all the things that the great ones have.”

NFL Media’s Mike Mayock believes Adams could be a fit for the 49ers. Although Chip Kelly didn’t coach Adams at Oregon, the Ducks continued to run an offense similar to Kelly’s, and when Adams was healthy he played very well in that offense.

“If you’re Chip Kelly, you’re taking a look at Vernon Adams and seeing what he can do,” Mayock said.

Several teams will take a closer look at Adams after the way he played on Saturday.

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29 Responses to “Oregon QB Vernon Adams puts on a show in the Shrine Game”
  1. qdog112 says: Jan 24, 2016 7:43 AM

    Teams that pass on Adams, will likely end up playing against him. That’s gonna aid the demise of both the coach and GM.

    Same as it was clear that drafting Johnny Manziel was the death nail for the coach & GM that took him in the first round.

    Forget that Adams is short by QB standards, he can play the game. The experts will comb the woods for Li’l Abner and will likely fail, as usual. Adams was the best player on the field.

  2. SilentMajority says: Jan 24, 2016 7:51 AM

    Drew Brees is only 1″ taller, so I don’t think his height should be that much of an issue.

  3. ejm845 says: Jan 24, 2016 7:54 AM

    why would he want to be part of the wasteland that is chip kelly

  4. cadlow says: Jan 24, 2016 7:59 AM

    6 of 9 is not impressive. Thats one drive in the NFL. Can he read a defense? Does he have pocket awareness? can he give his receivers that extra second by side stepping a D linemen. Then throwing an accurate ball. Can he do a quick read?

    Their are lots of questions that unfortunately Mayock and his “experts” never ask. They look and see “Johnny football” and say wow he threw for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns. He’s a winnah!!

    He may be the next great one. but lets be honest. Only a cellar dwellar team will pick him high in the draft. So yup he may go to San Fran or Cleveland.

  5. shlort says: Jan 24, 2016 8:18 AM

    He will get picked right after Cardale Jones.

  6. ravensfan56 says: Jan 24, 2016 8:27 AM

    Chip Kelly has already ruined his career.

  7. mrbigass says: Jan 24, 2016 8:37 AM

    Six of nine? Manziel could do that standing on his head facing a college team……

  8. pdp2100 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:07 AM

    Chip will absolutely pick him, probably in the 2nd round, to make sure he doesn’t lose him. He will be Chip’s Russell Wilson.

  9. hahalolrofl says: Jan 24, 2016 9:42 AM

    Chip will draft him then try to trade him

  10. randy2054 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:59 AM

    I believe this young man best move is to head for the CFL were 2 to 3 years and sharpen his skills à la Warren Moon if I remember correctly, Mr. Moon children greatly in one of the senior all-star games after Rose Bowl I believe Mr. Adams will benefit far more by playing regularly for a CFL team for a few years been sitting on the bench wasting his time on a practice squad and then being sent packing or being converted to another position. Just my two cents

  11. maestro1899 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 AM

    It’s not just height; it’s hand size.

    Russell’s mitts are over 10″. Adams? 8 3/4″. And, yes, it does make a difference, as small hands for a QB lead to more turnovers and the ball doesn’t spin as well with smaller hands, which most personnel execs think lead to inaccuracy.

    Not all sub-6′ QBs are built the same…

  12. nycdf says: Jan 24, 2016 10:17 AM

    It snowed 26 inches in NYC. Thats much bigger news (no pin intented) than a quarterback that will be selling insurance in the near future.

  13. steelerdeathstar says: Jan 24, 2016 10:24 AM

    Apparently the ball doesn’t ‘spin’ TOO badly for him…

  14. waldogrey says: Jan 24, 2016 10:40 AM

    Seems like a third day/low round draft pick, who may get a chance, but would still be a long shot to make a training squad or 3rd string spot.

  15. dejadoh says: Jan 24, 2016 11:08 AM

    CFL, Indoor, that’s about it.

  16. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 24, 2016 11:12 AM

    Seneca Wallace 2.0

  17. tonebones says: Jan 24, 2016 11:17 AM

    I think the rules in this game to limit or eliminate blitzes. Teams that seriously scout these all star games are probably the teams that are picking in the top five. That’s why they’re picking in the top five. You may just as well watch these kids play in a pick up basketball game, and try to judge their football ability that way.

  18. dreemeagle says: Jan 24, 2016 11:27 AM

    Johnny Manziel wasn’t drafted by a coach or GM, he was drafted by the OWNER…one who knows even less about football than the newly hired female coach in Buffalo;

  19. maestro1899 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:57 AM

    noteamforlosangeles says:
    Jan 24, 2016 11:12 AM
    Seneca Wallace 2.0

    ——————————————————————–

    Seneca had a very nice NFL career as a top backup and fill-in starter. He lasted in the NFL for what, 10 years?

  20. phillyphanatic77 says: Jan 24, 2016 12:06 PM

    If he’s there in the 5th-6th round I’d like the Eagles to a chance on him. He’s got speed, smarts, accuracy and a good arm… It’s just all about his size. Reid made it work with Vick who was really 5’11. Maybe Pederson can do the same with Adams. I’m not saying he’ll be Brees, Wilson or even Vick but it’s clear to me he has NFL ability. Whether that means he could ever be a starter I don’t know but as a developmental prospect you gotta like his tools.

  21. seacougvegas says: Jan 24, 2016 12:26 PM

    Perfect project for New Orleans.

  22. harshedmellow says: Jan 24, 2016 1:05 PM

    RWII

  23. GrantRodgers says: Jan 24, 2016 1:05 PM

    If I were the Niners, I’d nab this guy in the 5th round. Heck, they took a punter with that pick last year, so why not on a guy who seems to have good QB instincts.

  24. pinkmist4 says: Jan 24, 2016 1:23 PM

    Coming from Oregon, he’s gonna be very disappointed with the pay….

  25. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 24, 2016 2:03 PM

    You gotta be kidding me, they rushed the QB’s about as hard as they rushed the kickers.

  26. dynastyposeiden says: Jan 24, 2016 3:21 PM

    pinkmist4 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 1:23 PM
    Coming from Oregon, he’s gonna be very disappointed with the pay….

    that is funny

  27. putthatkoolaiddown says: Jan 24, 2016 3:43 PM

    tonebones says:
    Jan 24, 2016 11:17 AM

    I think the rules in this game to limit or eliminate blitzes. Teams that seriously scout these all star games are probably the teams that are picking in the top five. That’s why they’re picking in the top five. You may just as well watch these kids play in a pick up basketball game, and try to judge their football ability that way.
    ___

    That’s a good point, but I would exclude the Senior Bowl from that statement. Two NFL teams get to send their coaching staff to coach the teams for the week. In that case, those two teams get to work with all the players, coach them, and get to know them more than they could otherwise. The game itself is still an all-star game, but the opportunity to actually coach the players is of benefit to the teams that participate each year.

  28. scoocha says: Jan 24, 2016 11:25 PM

    Remember Brees was fairly pedestrian until 2004 when NFL changed rules towards offense (again) because of Pats-Colts AFC Champ Game. So that’s a bad comparison.

  29. reyoung54 says: Jan 25, 2016 9:45 PM

    @ cadlow. “Does he have pocket awareness?”. You obviously didn’t see him play. He is incredibly elusive and always keeps his eyes downfield. There were a few times that he willed the Ducks to wins. The Arizona State triple overtime game comes to mind.

    I would point out that he is the same size as Russell Wilson. He seems to have done all right. The only knock I would have on Adams is an injury concern. Wilson went in the 3rd round. I’d take this kid in the 3rd round in a heartbeat.

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