As has been well-covered, the New York Giants might face a potentially difficult decision in free agency this year.
Between Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins, the Giants have two talented players in their primes with expiring contracts. While JPP’s talents are harder to replace, Hankins is younger and has been healthier. They will undoubtedly try to re-sign both players, but they still need to consider that Hankins’ fellow defensive tackle Jay Bromley’s rookie contract will expire following the 2017 season. It seems likely at this point that they will draft a defensive tackle at some point in the 2017 draft, either to replace Hankins or a future replacement for Bromley.
Auburn DT Montravius Adams was a disruptive player for the Tigers this past season and was one of the stars of Senior Bowl practices. Could he be on the Giants’ radar this spring?
Let’s take a look.
Height - 6 feet, 3 inches
Weight - 308 pounds
40 Time - 5.12 (projected)
- Good first step and short area quickness
- Difficult to block 1-on-1 when he keeps his pads down
- Powerful lower body
- Disruptive behind the line of scrimmage
- Has the ability to take a game over from the defensive interrior
- Very short arms (31 ⅞ inches), especially for his height (6-3)
- Struggles to deal with double teams, and can get pushed backwards in the run game
- Inconsistent player. Flashes of dominance mixed with stretches where he disappears
Does He Fit With The Giants?
In theory, yes.
Adams is a disruptive 3-technique, which is something the Giants didn’t really have in 2016. With Jay Bromley entering free agency after the 2017 season, it makes sense that the Giants would draft a tackle this year to step in and take Bromley’s place in the rotation should he leave after this year.
However, Adams’ inconsistencies are worrisome. They could all be related to inconsistent pad level, but teams will need to decide if he just needs to work on that, or if his pad level is a symptom of another issue, like focus or conditioning. If it is the former, then the Giants could take Adams and work with him in 2017, however if it is the latter, they might be best served looking elsewhere.
Big Board Rankings
List here of where he is on BBV/MTD/CBS and maybe a couple of other Big Boards ... like Draft Countdown (one of my favorites) and maybe WalterFootball or one more.
Big Blue View - N/A
Mocking The Draft - N/A
CBS Sports - 82nd overall
Draft Countdown - 81st overall
Draft Tek - 74th overall
Adams is the type of prospect who will divide scouts. Some will see his inconsistencies on film and look elsewhere. Others will see his work when matched up 1-on-1, or in drills at the Senior Bowl and believe him to be a potential first rounder.
He could benefit from playing in a rotation with a true nose tackle like Damon Harrison, who commands double teams whenever he is on the field. On the other hand, teams will needs to be very sure about why he was inconsistent.