Adams now has attention of the NFL
Invitees for the NFL Scouting Combine will be officially announced during the first week of February.
Former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. broke the news on social media Wednesday that he had been invited to the annual showcase for draft prospects to be held Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis.
Adams is coming off an impressive performance in last Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., where the 5-foot-10 signal-caller completed 6 of 9 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns.
Getting the NFL’s attention was one of the reasons why Adams said he transferred from Eastern Washington to fly with the Ducks for one season.
“I just decided to go there because playing at Oregon and in the Pac-12 has always been a big dream of mine growing up,” Adams said last February after the decision. “If I’m doing as good as I am (at EWU), I’ll get a lot of looks (from the NFL).
“I’m not the tallest guy, and they knock me for that, but if I can perform at highest level and lead that team to a national title, they’ll have to take notice.”
Oregon didn’t make a return trip to the College Football Playoff, but when Adams was healthy the Ducks played like contenders.
After an FCS all-American career at Eastern Washington, Adams completed 64.9 percent of his passes for 2,643 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions for Oregon in 2015.
The Ducks were riding a six-game winning streak after Adams returned from a broken index finger, but the senior was knocked out of the Alamo Bowl in the second quarter following a helmet-to-helmet hit. Oregon allowed a 31-0 halftime lead to turn into a 47-41 triple-overtime loss to TCU.
“He can play in the NFL,” June Jones, who coached Adams and the victorious West team, said after the Shrine Game. “Somebody’s going to give him an opportunity to do that. Now whether he makes it or not, who knows, it’s up to him at that point.
“He was impressive. He’s going to have to fight the size thing more than he ever has. I think if everything is equal when you really see the production, I mean his completion percentage in practice was unbelievable. And again (Saturday) you kind of saw what he can do, he looked one way and threw another way. He has all those things that the great ones have. Really, there’s only two types of quarterbacks, the ones that get worse in the game and the ones who get better in the game, and he gets better.”
CBSSports ranks Adams 15th among quarterback prospects for the 2016 draft. California’s Jared Goff is No. 1, followed by North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, Memphis’ Paxton Lynch, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg.