He may be the first Bay Area player chosen in this week's NFL draft, but Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams didn't even take up the sport seriously until his junior season at Palo Alto High.

"I broke my arm in Pop Warner and just gave it some time to heal," Adams said this week.

Instead, he played basketball for a few years.

There was another reason he stayed away from football.

"My mom was pretty scared by it," Adams said. "She didn't want me to play from the start. She was afraid something would happen to me."

Something did. Adams became a star during his redshirt freshman season at Fresno State, evolving quickly into quarterback Derek Carr's favorite target and a possible first-round pick in the NFL draft that runs Thursday through Saturday.

"We're expecting Thursday," said Adams, who decided to leave Fresno State despite having two more years of eligibility. "If Friday happens, we'll go from there."

The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder caught 102 passes for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. That was just a start. Last fall, he led the NCAA with 131 receptions for 1,718 yards and 24 TDs.

Adams was twice named to the All-Mountain West Conference first team after scoring at least one touchdown in 22 of his 26 career games. His 38 touchdowns set a MWC career record, even though he only played two seasons.

Asked what he expected to achieve in college, Adams said he wasn't at all surprised.

"I knew I'd be good enough," he said. "I didn't know exactly what numbers I'd be putting up, but I always knew if I put enough work into and stayed true to my dream of playing professional ball I'd make it to this point. I kept that vision on the back of my mind."

And his mother, Pamela Brown, no longer fears for her son.

"She is very excited," Adams said. "The whole family is."