18. WR Davante Adams
The overall resume is pretty impressive. But after a so-so start to his career, wide receiver Davante Adams (now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders) has slowly but surely emerged as arguably the league’s top wide receiver these days.
During his first two years in the league with the Green Bay Packers, the 2014 second-round pick from Fresno State played in 29 regular-season contests. And he was hampered by ankle issues in his second year. Over that span, he was targeted 160 times. But he hauled in just 88 passes (55.0 reception percentage) for a combined 929 yards and just four touchdowns. In his first postseason game vs. the Dallas Cowboys in ‘14, Adams finished with seven catches for 117 yards and one TD.
Over the last six seasons, there’s been dramatic improvement. In 87 regular-season contests, Adams has totaled 581 receptions, good for 7,192 yards and 69 TDs. And his reception percentage over that stretch was a strong 68.2. He’s scored at least 10 touchdowns in five of those campaigns. And the five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro comes off a year in which he set career-highs in catches (123) and receiving yards (1,553).
Now Adams is in the employ of the Silver and Black, dealt by the Packers in mid-March for a first- and second-round draft choice in 2022. He’s reunited with college teammate Derek Carr and looks to add to his already-impressive NFL resume.