GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Now that Davante Adams has been drafted by the Packers, the prolific receiver will have to settle for quality over quantity.
Having Aaron Rodgers throwing passes his way will be a nice consolation prize, though.
With the top tight ends snapped up, Green Bay went with the Fresno State standout in the second round Friday night with the 53rd overall pick to fortify a receiving corps that lost James Jones to free agency.
Tight end Richard Rodgers is going to love playing in Green Bay.
They were drafted nine years apart, the quarterback in 2005 in the first round. Fellow former Golden Bear Richard Rodgers went to Green Bay with the team’s second pick in the third round on Friday night, the 98th overall.
The 6-foot Rodgers had 39 catches for 608 yards and a touchdown in 11 games in 2013. At Cal, he was often used in motion and also saw time in the slot.
Adams had 131 catches for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns last year in Fresno State’s high-octane offense run by quarterback Derek Carr, himself selected in the second round by the Raiders.
Now, Adams will be learning from the 2011 NL MVP.
“I couldn’t imagine being in a better place,” Adams said.
Say goodbye for now to 100-catch seasons. Still, Adams’ confidence remained high on the most momentous day yet of his young career.
“I feel like I’m one of the best playmakers in the draft, being able to catch the ball deep, or being able to catch on short routes,” he said. “I feel like I’m one of the best red-zone threats in the draft.”
The Packers might feel good given their recent success in the second with receivers, including Nelson (2008), Cobb (2011) and former wideout Greg Jennings.
Tight end may have been a more pressing need for Green Bay, but there was a run on that position earlier in the second round. Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins went early in the round to the Buccaneers. Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro went to the Jets and the Cardinals took Troy Niklas a pick before the Packers went.