Video: Oregon's Vernon Adams talks football at NFL Scouting Combine
If the 49ers draft Vernon Adams in two months, the quarterback said it wouldn’t take him very long to pick up new coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
He’s essentially been running Kelly’s offense at Oregon for the last year.
“I watched him in Philly last year, and pretty much 80 percent, 90 percent of the plays I would see, I could call out,” Adams said. “I think I could really come in and run that offense, too.”
Adams isn’t considered a top-tier quarterback. He played at Eastern Washington before transferring to Oregon last year. He was invited to the East-West Shrine game, not the more prestigious Senior Bowl. And he measured only 5-10 3/4 inches Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, more than seven inches shorter than likely first-round pick Paxton Lynch, a quarterback from Memphis.
But Adams’ low profile also has drawn comparisons to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, something Adams hasn’t shied away from.
“I think that’s a blessing,” Adams said, noting that the comparisons began when he was a redshirt freshman at Eastern Washington, playing in the same state as Wilson.
Last year at Oregon, Adams completed nearly 65 percent of his passes and threw 26 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also dealt with a broken right thumb that knocked him out of three games.
Earlier in the week, ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said he thought Adams would be a nice fit with the 49ers, perhaps in the fourth round. If the team keeps Colin Kaepernick as general manager Trent Baalke insisted Wednesday they would, the 49ers may not seek a quarterback in the draft until the middle rounds.
Adams said he had the “repetitive accuracy” that has become a buzzword for Kelly.
“I had the No. 1 passing efficiency in the country last year,” he said. “So, they definitely preached ‘taking what they give you, big plays will come, don’t force anything.’ I’ve always been taught like that.”