Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Mike Adams speaks at a press conference during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE)
Since we have been beating up on the New York Giants offensive line lately, using today's 2012 NFL Draft prospect profile on yet another lineman expected to be a first-round pick is hardly a stretch. Today, let's look at Ohio State tackle prospect Mike Adams, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound senior.
Adams is Rob Rang's choice for the Giants at No. 32 in the CBS draft analysts's most recent mock draft. Rang writes:
"The Giants managed the improbable feat of winning the Super Bowl despite ranking dead last in the NFL in rushing in the regular season. Improving in this area as well as protecting Eli Manning must remain the Giants' top priorities, especially should a talent with the size, strength and experience of Adams remain on the board. The former Buckeye could serve as a potential replacement for veteran Kareem McKenzie at right tackle in 2012 before possibly making the switch back to left tackle as he gains experience."
Len Pasquarelli writes this about Adams:
"Adams seems to have convinced teams that he might be able to play at left tackle at a high level. ... there are some clubs that concede the OSU star will be a left tackle prospect. Beyond the video, it's believed that Adams has helped himself as well in casual conversations with some NFL people, who are impressed by his football smarts, overall knowledge of the game, and his even demeanor."
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft ranks Adams No. 33 on its Top 100 Prospects list.
"He's a talented kid with a big frame, long arms and natural movement skills. He can bend and if he can put it all together and continue to improve his footwork he could certainly mature into a starting caliber left tackle in the NFL."
Draft Tek, one of my favorite draft sites, is doing player scouting reports for the first time this year. Here is what Draft Tek says about about Adams:
This is a mountain of a man that has all the physical tools needed to be an elite offensive lineman in the NFL. Adams is a three-year starter at LT at Ohio State but probably better suited to play RT at the next level. However, he has also shown the versatility to kick inside and play guard. ... Overall, Adams has first-round talent however it's his late round character that may cause him to fall. If he aces the pre-draft interviews and convinces GM's that has matured and his off the field issues are behind him you may hear his name called in the second round.
- Prototypical size
- Good punch
- Immature/Off field issues
- Doesn't adjust well to counter moves
Mike Adams Profile
Weight: 320 pounds
School: Ohio State