2017 NFL DRAFT

Adam Gotsis, DT

School: Georgia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 287 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
147164-5

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

An Australia native, Gotsis hoped to play college football at a high level in the United States, but he didn't receive much attention until Georgia Tech became involved in the process. Head coach Paul Johnson believed in his recruit's talent, commenting on signing day 2012, "I will match him up against almost anybody. He's 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and can run."

As it turns out, Johnson was right. Gotsis leaves Georgia Tech with 37 consecutive starts and was an all-conference choice as a senior, even after a torn ACL suffered on Oct. 31 limited him to nine games in 2015.

Gotsis moved halfway around the globe and joined the Yellow Jackets in 2012, seeing immediate action as a true freshman reserve and even starting one game, finishing with five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, a sack and a pass broken up.

He emerged as the starter at nose guard a season later - posting 38 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, two blocked kicks and an interception. Despite now drawing the attention of every opponent, Gotsis posted similar numbers as a junior (36 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and two more blocked kicks), earning Second Team All-ACC honors from the media and opposing coaches, alike.

Gotsis looked well on his way toward matching these numbers as a senior (31 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks) until the knee injury occurred on the first snap from scrimmage against Virginia.

While the NFL will certainly need proof that he's on his way to recovery, Gotsis is an intriguing talent. He played all over the defensive line for Johnson's team, using his quickness and motor to work off blocks and penetrate the backfield.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL defensive lineman with broad shoulders, a trim middle and his weight evenly distributed over his frame. Surprisingly quick off the ball, showing burst to split gaps, as well as lateral agility and balance. Naturally powerful player with good upper-body strength and the leg drive to bull rush would-be blockers into the backfield. Locates the ball well, showing timing on his leaps to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage (five) as well as block kicks (three field goals, one PAT). A blue-collar defender who plays to the whistle (and at times, through it), flashing some nastiness to his play.

WEAKNESSES: The Australian native remains a bit raw after much of his experience prior to Georgia Tech was playing Australian Rules football.

His game is built more around his length and strength at the point of attack than pure athleticism and he is not a consistent pass rush threat. When his initial quickness or rip move is contained by offensive linemen, he struggles to wrench himself free of blocks and occasionally allows ballcarriers to run past him. Further, he has a bad tendency of letting his pad level rise off the snap, negating his own strength with poor leverage.

Suffered a torn ACL on Oct. 31, 2015 and must prove to NFL doctors that he's on the road to recovery. He may require another year to heal before he'll be ready and already is an older prospect, who will turn 24 in September.

IN OUR VIEW: While a work in progress from a technique standpoint, Gotsis is a big, strong and coordinated athlete who projects well as a defensive tackle for a 4-3 alignment or a five-technique defensive end in the 3-4. His status, unfortunately, is in flux due to the knee injury.

--Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/10/16)

 
 
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