2017 NFL Draft

Mike Adams, OT

School: Ohio State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Dublin, OH
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 323 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 2/56 -- Mike Adams, T, 6-7, 322, Ohio State...They filled their second biggest need with a player they gave a first-round grade. He convinced the Steelers his grass-smoking days are over. They had no depth at tackle. He played left tackle for the Buckeyes but the Steelers will use him to back up both sides - unless he shows he can start quickly. - The Sports Xchange

04/30/2012 - Mike Adams is a native of Farrell, Pa., not far from Pittsburgh, where he still has relatives. His family moved when he was 12 so he missed out on playing for the Farrell High School ... Steelers. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm going to have a few beers tonight and think about it." - OL coach Sean Kugler on whether Marcus Gilbert would still move to left tackle after the Steelers drafted Mike Adams. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - OT Mike Adams, Ohio State -- Adams has a great left tackle frame at 6-7, 323 pounds and an 82.5-inch wingspan, but he has heavy feet and suspect strength. There are off-field concerns as well, including reports that he failed a drug test at the scouting combine, but the Steelers could benefit if he matures.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 41. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: At 6-7 and 323 pounds, Adams certainly looks the part of an NFL offensive tackle. He's flashed the ability to dominate while playing left tackle for the Buckeyes and has the light feet and long arms to remain at this all-important position in the NFL. Inconsistency, injuries and poor off-field decisions have marred what should have been a noteworthy career at Ohio State and as such I have reservations that Adams' pro career, like his collegiate one, could leave his team wanting more. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/19/2012 - Ohio State tackle Mike Adams tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, according to league sources, but has been upfront with teams since learning of the result and might not slip that much because of it. Interested teams have been in close contact with Adams, and have been impressed that he has already completed counseling. The positive result will make him a moderate risk, and could result in him sliding to the second round, but other players with positive results in years past still have ended up in the first round. Adams has told people he was unaware of the positive result at the time of combine interviews, which is why he did not tell teams then. Since then he has been forthright and league sources said he is viewed as a "good kid" who obviously made a mistake. The key for Adams will be learning from it. Several teams said they were impressed with Adams during interviews with him. Several teams picking late in the first round and early in the second round are in the market for offensive linemen in this draft. Some teams that like Adams may be able to trade down and still get him. For players, falling into the second round could cost them about $300,000 a year, but, on the positive side, second-round contracts are for four years and not five, so players could get that second contract sooner. - Jason La Canfora, NFL Network

04/06/2012 - Should the Ravens stand pat in the first round, they could have some intriguing options available to them. The most likely scenario would be drafting an offensive lineman such as Wisconsin center Peter Konz, Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler and University of Georgia offensive tackle/guard Cordy Glenn. The Ravens met with talented Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he has some character issues and isn't regarded as having a strong work ethic. The Ravens have Oher at right tackle, but left tackle Bryant McKinnie is heading into the final year of his contract and has had issues with his conditioning and run blocking. The consensus best offensive guard, Stanford standout David DeCastro, is expected to go in the first half of the first round. "I don't think much has changed from the end of the season," Newsome said. "We need to add some players on the offensive line." - The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Mike Adams, Ohio State, 6-7, 323...At this point Adams lacks the great technique that would make him a reliable left tackle to protect a right-handed quarterback's blind side. Given time he certainly could learn. Meantime, Adams already moves well enough to get into linebackers on the second level. He has a substantial frame with conspicuous muscle in the right places and the footwork of a dancer, albeit more like hip hop than ballet. On film he did well handling Wisconsin's J.J. Watt (drafted No. 11 overall by the Texans last year), but was befuddled by the nifty moves of Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan (No. 16 overall by Washington in 2011). In his final two seasons as a starter, Adams had issues on and off the field. He underwent shoulder surgery and then a season-ending left foot injury, both in 2008. Adams missed five games in 2009 with a knee injury and was suspended for two games the same year for violating team rules. He was one of five players suspended the first five games last season for receiving benefits from selling collectibles through a tattoo parlor and had to pay back $1,000 he received for a ring. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

03/09/2012 - Thirteen former Ohio State Buckeyes worked out in front of NFL scouts at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday morning as part of the football program's annual Pro Day. After recording physical measurements and weight room abilities, the Buckeyes moved to the indoor field at the WHAC and ran a variety of drills, including the 40-yard dash and 20 and 60-yard shuttles. The group ended the morning session that lasted nearly four hours with position drills while family, friends and members of the media watched from the bleachers. A sizeable contingent of scouts surrounded each drill, including a trio of Bengals and a large group from the Steelers. Pittsburgh's head coach, Mike Tomlin, defensive coordinator and former Buckeye, Dick LeBeau, and offensive coordinator, Todd Haley, watched the athletes and chatted for considerable amounts of time with current Ohio State coaches Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel and Kerry Coombs. "Ohio State is a top program with quality guys," Tomlin said. "They do a good job of providing necessary information and making it a fun trip for everyone." The day also served as a reunion of sorts for former Buckeyes as many made the trip to Columbus to show support. Current NFL players Brian Rolle, Alex Boone, Beanie Wells, Bobby Carpenter, Donald Washington and Doug Worthington were in attendance. Jim Cordle, a member of the 2012 Super Bowl champion Giants squad, watched the drills from the sidelines as well. Former Buckeyes and NFL players Raymont Harris, Chris Spielman, LeCharles Bentley, Andy Katzenmoyer and Joey Galloway also took in the activities of the day. - Ohio State football

03/09/2012 - Ohio State football players showed their talents for 30 different NFL teams at the Buckeyes' Pro Day in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Friday. Thirteen players, including running back Daniel "Boom" Herron, wide receiver DeVier Posey and offensive tackle Mike Adams, linebacker Andrew Sweat, offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts and center Mike Brewster, were in attendance at the workout. Scouts from every NFL team except the Chicago Bears and New York Jets came to take in the action and evaluate the NFL hopefuls. The Buckeyes' Pro Day, which was led by OSU football strength and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti, schedule featured events such as the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, three cone drill, broad jump and individual position drills. The 40-yard dash, which is considered by many as one of the most important measurable heading into the 2012 NFL Draft in April, saw only 10 Buckeyes and three non-OSU participants participate in the drill as Posey, Adams and Brewster opted to not test their 40-times. While the purpose of the day was for Buckeye football players to prove to NFL scouts they have the ability to play at the next level, players' family, friends and a number of former OSU players showed up to watch the action for themselves. Notably, former Buckeye football players Beanie Wells, Jim Cordle, Doug Worthington, Bobby Carpenter, Joey Galloway, LeCharles Bentley, Chris Spielman, Andy Katzenmoyer and Dick LeBeau were all in attendance. Additionally, current OSU football players such as Braxton Miller, Etienne Sabino, Travis Howard and Bradley Roby also came to support their former teammates. - Patrick Maks, OSU - The Lantern

02/25/2012 - One of the more eagerly anticipated workouts of the Scouting Combine each year occurs when the offensive (and defensive) linemen perform in the bench press drill. This is not a test measured to test a player's maximum bench press but rather their strength and conditioning. Athletes are asked to lift 225 pounds as many times as possible without stopping. While scouts would love to see every offensive lineman lift the bar 30 times or more at the Combine, the reality is there is a significant difference in the strength required for different offensive line positions. Those athletes with enough size, foot quickness and balance to play left tackle in the NFL, for example, don't necessarily need as much upper body strength as the other offensive linemen - especially interior linemen. Due to this fact, the relatively low number posted by Ohio State tackle Mike Adams (19) isn't necessarily a critical blow to his draft stock if a team feels that he has the athleticism to handle remaining at left tackle in the NFL. If he was to make the move to right tackle (where I believe he fits best), the number is a bit troubling. Traditionally, left defensive ends (who line up opposite right tackles) are the stronger, stouter versions of their more explosive pass rushing specialist right defensive ends - at least for the 4-3 defense. Also, because of Adams' long arms (33 3/4") his football strength isn't necessarily indicated by weight room numbers. Remember, three offensive tackles drafted in the first round last year - Nate Solder (21), James Carpenter (23) and Derek Sherrod (23) - posted similar totals at the 2011 Combine. Adams, by the way, is currently NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated offensive tackle. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 25. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State, 6-7, 323, 1-2...Adams has a substantial frame with conspicuous muscle in the right places and the footwork of a dancer, albeit more like hip hop than ballet. At this point he lacks the great technique that would make him a reliable left tackle to protect a right handed quarterback's blind side. Given time he certainly could learn. Meantime, Adams already moves well enough to get into linebackers on the second level. On film he did well handling Wisconsin's J. J. Watt (Drafted No. 11 overall by Texas last year), but was befuddled by the nifty moves of Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan (Drafted 16 overall by Washington last year). Adams has a history of issues on and off the field. He underwent shoulder surgery and then a season-ending left foot injury, both in 2008. Adams missed five games in 2009 with knee injury and was suspended for two games the same year for violating team rules. He as one of five players suspended first five games last year for receiving benefits from selling collectibles through a tattoo parlor and had to pay back $1,000 he received for a ring. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/23/2012 - Mike Adams, the starting left tackle at Ohio State for the past two seasons, says the Browns have talked to him about playing right tackle. If draft projections are correct, Adams will be picked in the first round, which means the Browns would have to use the 22nd pick to get him, which means not trading the pick. "A couple teams have talked to me about it - Cleveland and Washington," Adams said on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. "I'm open to do whatever a team needs me to do. "Whatever team I go to, it's a blessing. Just to be in the position to even be drafted is something I can't even explain with words. As a little kid playing football since I was six, it's always been my dream. No matter where I go, I'll be just fine." Adams, 6-foot-7, 323 pounds, was part of Tattoogate. He was suspended the first five games of 2011 but started the next eight. He started 13 of 13 games in 2010. Adams was suspended for two games as a freshman for violating unspecified team rules. Adams said he learned from his mistakes and is hopeful teams will look past his transgressions. "I've had some bumps in the road early in my career. But I've let those things build my character rather than break it down," Adams said. "My character is something my teammates and coaches at Ohio State will vouch for. Anybody who knows me knows I'm not a bad guy." - Jeff Schudel, The News-Herald

02/16/2012 - Ohio State's Adams seems to have convinced teams that he might be able to play at left tackle at a high level. A few weeks ago, we noted in the weekly draft column, per discussions with scouts, that Adams might be a better prospect at right tackle. But after reviewing videotape, 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. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - With the deserved hype being afforded top-shelf offensive tackles such as Matt Kalil (USC), Jonathan Martin (Stanford), and Riley Reiff (Iowa) for the draft, Ohio State's Mike Adams has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle. But there are scouts who feel that, while the others will definitely go off the board in the first round, Adams will be a steal in the second or third stanzas. Adams is playing in the Senior Bowl, and it will be interesting to follow his progress, this week, but he seemed to pass the early week "eyeball test," and could be a candidate for some team at right tackle. Sure, right tackle prospects don't necessarily rate as first rounders -- remember, Tyron Smith of Dallas, a first-rounder in 2011, was actually drafted that high for his long-term projection on the left side -- and that won't help Adams. Nor will he be aided by some red flags on his resume, including a suspension in 2011, but any team that put on the tape of him might be impressed by his strength and decent feet. And there were a few people at the Senior Bowl who felt like Adams, who checked in at 323 pounds, could end up playing at 340. So, while it's understandable for scouts to be impressed with some of the other tackles, no one should dismiss Adams, either. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/29/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL STANDOUTS: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: Despite playing with a little less consistency that scouts would like, the 6-7, 323 pound Adams impressed throughout the week of practice with his ability to maintain squarely in front of speed rushers and play with a reliable base against bull rushes. Adams played with much better consistency Saturday, controlling his opponent throughout the contest and distancing himself as the elite offensive line prospect in the Senior Bowl. Adams surrendered a sack in the 3rd quarter to Alabama's Courtney Upshaw but held up well initially to my top-rated senior prospect and only allowed the coverage sack on Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson after protecting for several seconds. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL TUESDAY: OT Mike Adams, Ohio State: the big left tackle out of Columbus definitely looks the part and carries his weight well at 6-7, 323 (with 11-inch hands), but his lack of foot quickness has been evident in practice. He sets up quickly with a naturally wide base, which allows him to cover a lot of ground, but he looks heavy in his shuffle and really has a tough time on inside moves, struggling to recover. In tight quarters, he can be dominant, but his lack of lateral agility shows up in space. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/23/2012 - 2012 SENIOR BOWL WEIGH-IN IMPRESSIONS: Of the offensive linemen, hand size and arm length are of extreme importance. Due to this fact, Iowa State's Kelechi Osemele (10 3/8" inch hands, 35 1/4" arms), Georgia's Cordy Glenn (10, 35 1/8), Florida State's Zebrie Sanders (11, 34 5/8), Ohio State's Mike Adams (11, 33 3/4) showed the big hands and long arms to help convince scouts that they should remain outside at offensive tackle rather than move inside to guard. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/23/2011 - OT Mike Adams, a potential All-American who likely has a future in the NFL, is suspended for the first five games of 2011 for his role in selling OSU memorabilia for cash and discounts on tattoos. - The Sports Xchange

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio St., (1st Team All-Big 10, started all 13 games in 2010), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee


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