Fresno State's Davante Adams seeks evaluation from NFL Draft Advisory Board

The Fresno BeeDecember 16, 2013 

Fresno State's Davante Adams caught nine passes for a team-leading 168 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Bulldogs' victory against Utah State in the Mountain West championship on Dec. 7, 2013.

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Fresno State wide out Davante Adams has filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board seeking an evaluation of his prospects in the upcoming draft, but said any decision on his future will come after the Bulldogs' matchup against USC in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday.

"We're still waiting on the season to end and then we're going to handle all that. I'm taking it as slow as possible," said Adams, who is leading the nation in receptions and touchdown catches and in just 25 career games already has set 11 school records.

"I've got some time before I have to make a decision. For now, I'm a Bulldog and I'm just worried about this bowl game and making sure I finish out these practices strong and staying healthy before I get into anything like that."

Adams, a redshirt sophomore, is rated among the top receivers in a draft class that is heavy in juniors and redshirt sophomores including Clemson junior Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Mike Evans, USC junior Marqise Lee and Penn State junior Allen Robinson.

Coach Tim DeRuyter said they expect to hear back from the board within the next week or two -- the responses range from draft prospects in the first round, as high as the second round, as high as third third round, after the third round or no round at all.

"I think anybody that has his kind of talent and has had the kind of year that he's had that is considering it needs to get all the information before making any decision and I support him in that," DeRuyter said. "We'll see what the NFL advisory committee says, and Davante and I will sit down and we'll go through what makes most sense for him.

"Selfishly, absolutely we want him back. But more importantly I want what's best for Davante. I think, depending on your family situation and depending on the kind of year you've had, you've got to weigh all those different things. If they were to come back and say Davante is a first-round pick or projected as a first-round pick, I think that's a very difficult decision to return because of the money that's involved and the guaranteed money that's involved. I'll walk him through all those scenarios. Of course, we'd love him to come back for two more years, but whatever is best for him I'll support."

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft is Jan. 15, and the draft is scheduled for May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

If Adams does declare, Fresno State could have two first-round selections in the same year for the first time, with quarterback Derek Carr also expected to be a high-round selection.

Only five Bulldogs have been selected in the first round -- running back Ryan Mathews in 2010 to San Diego, guard Logan Mankins in 2005 to New England, quarterback David Carr in 2002 to Houston, quarterback Trent Dilfer in 1994 to Tampa Bay and defensive back James Williams in 1990 to Buffalo.

That, for now, is on a back burner for Adams, who has caught 122 passes for 1,645 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, all school single-season records.

He also has won the Paul Warfield Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to the top receiver in the nation, and will go into the Las Vegas Bowl just seven receptions and 141 receiving yards shy of Mountain West Conference single-season records.

"I'm not really focusing on (the draft) right now," Adams said. "I'm taking it slow and just worrying about what's going on with the Bulldogs."

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