Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Josh Adams is projected as a late-round pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
Former Irish running back Josh Adams is going to hear his name called sometime during next month’s NFL Draft – it’s just tough to know when.
The evolution of NFL offenses has put a renewed premium on the running back position. As such, running backs have been getting drafted earlier and more frequently over the last couple of years than they were ten years ago.
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The problem for Adams in 2018, however, is his history of injuries and an oversaturation of talent at the position. The fact that a running back is currently projected by many experts to be the top overall pick is both good and bad for the former Irish back. Running backs have value in today’s NFL, but they really are a dime a dozen unless we’re talking about a generational athlete.
That leads us to current mock drafts. You’ll be hard-pressed to find many mocks around the web that go deep enough round-wise to find a Josh Adams projection, but I was able to find two: Matt Miller’s mock draft on Bleacher Report and the frequently updated mock draft on WalterFootball.com
Here is where each mock had Adams going.
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: Miller has Adams going in the 5th round, No. 169 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. Froma round standpoint, this seems about right. In terms of fit and situation, I’m not a fan of Adams landing in Philly. Regardless of what happens with Legarette Blunt, the Eagles still have two very capable backs in Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. Adams would struggle for touches if both remained healthy.
WalterFootball.com: This mock draft has Adams going in the 5th round as well, only at pick No. 143 to the San Francisco 49ers. This is a much more ideal situation for Josh Adams in my opinion. With Carlos Hyde projected to be a free agent, the worst case for Adams would be sharing carries with Matt Breida on a talented you offense led by Jimmy Garoppolo.