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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Jonathan Adams Jr., WR, Arkansas State

Arkansas State wide receiver Jonathan Adams Jr. is the NCAA’s best kept secret. The kid has made some of the most ridiculous catches in the 2020 season.

Before the year started, I received a direct message from a wide receiver on Twitter named Jonathan Adams Jr. He told me, watch my film this year, and remember my name. I remember telling him I was impressed with his film from last year and I could not wait to interview him for the upcoming senior year.

Well folks, Jonathan Adams Jr. knew more about himself than anyone in the country. Many of the draftniks had no clue who Adams Jr. was. A matter of fact, he was just a third team All-Sun Belt member last year. But this year, Adams Jr. is playing lights out and showing the world that he belongs in the NFL.

Adams is no slouch either. The Jonesboro, Arkansas native was named the “Best Under The Sun Football Player of the Year” in high school. His Father is no slouch either, he was a dog for Arkansas State. Many do not know that Jonathan Adams Sr. is the former Red Wolves running back who has 3,005 career rushing yards. Senior is still fourth all time at the school in rushing.

Adams Jr. wanted to follow in his Fathers’ footsteps and boy has he been electrifying in 2020. He has played in 7 games and has already registered 52 receptions, 737 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns. He annihilated Kansas State by himself, scoring 3 acrobatic touchdowns.

In his career, Jonathan has 139 career receptions for 1,932 yards and 17 touchdowns, with 13 of those touchdowns over the last two years. He is currently averaging 105.3 yards per game as a senior and has an impressive 14.2 yards per catch.

Adams Jr. can go up and get the ball. He played on Arkansas State basketball team as a guard as well. He has definitely helped his stock in 2020 more than almost any wide receiver in the draft. People know about him, and his name is popping up on Big Boards around the country.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes

I have helped thousands of players over my time as a draftnik, and I can only remember one player who told me before the season started that they were going to blow up besides Jonathan Adams Jr. That player was UT-Martin wide out Jeremy Butler. Butler told me week in and week out how many receptions he would haul in and how many times he would score. He would go out and meet his mark every week. He played in the NFL for several years, and I am confident that Jonathan Adams Jr. will do the same. He is no longer a Diamond in the Rough folks, #9 is on the map. – Damond Talbot, Owner, NFL Draft Diamonds

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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