2017 NFL Draft

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Mike Adams

| | College: Ohio State
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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 Texas last year), but was befuddled by the nifty moves of Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan (drafted No. 16 overall by Washington last year).

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 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.


Pass blocking: Tall, long, athletic pass protector. Generally gets out of three-point stance with good knee bend and a wide base. Improving his ability to use his hands to redirect rushers and late blitzers away from the pocket. Power rushers lose most battles. Has an adequate anchor in close quarters, will reset hands and move feet to sustain. Stops his feet after initial contact, relying on length but allowing defender to get the corner or spin inside.

Run blocking: Solid positional run blocker who flashes the nasty demeanor and killer instinct scouts covet. Attacks when necessary, though he won't consistently dominate and can lose balance when overextending. Quick feet to get inside of defensive tackles to wall off inside and reach linebackers at the second level. Nice punch which he uses to knock down smaller defenders with one extension. Height can be a detriment in short-yardage, defender can get under his pads to hold the line. Flashes the ability to move his man with his hands, but is not yet consistent in this area.

Pulling/trapping: Best on the outside because of his height and athleticism, but is capable of blocking on the move. Effective in space and usually drops his hips to get leverage and sustain against shorter defenders.

Initial Quickness: Excellent quick-twitch movement off the snap in pass protection and as a run blocker. Finds defenders with his hands immediately and gets feet moving to engage and sustain. Can be beat off the edge coming out of his stance lunging to reach speedy wide rushers.

Downfield: Quick out of his stance with the footwork to be effective in front of screens. Willing to get out in front of ballcarriers to take out defensive backs and linebackers. Used at tight end on unbalanced lines.

Intangibles: Suspended the first two games of the 2009 season for violating team rules, cited in January 2009 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (charges were eventually dropped) after being stopped for running a stop sign. One of five players suspended for first five games of 2011 season for receiving benefits from a tattoo parlor owner, selling championship rings, jerseys and awards; Adams was required to pay back $1,000 for the ring he sold.

2011 Season

Adams, majoring in criminology, has been one of the best left tackles in the Big Ten Conference for the past two seasons. He was named first-team all-Big Ten as a junior and he picked up second-team honors in 2011 by both the coaches and media while playing in only seven games. He was named one of the team's game captains this year vs. Indiana. He was named (with Mike Brewster) as the team's 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive lineman at the end of the season. A three-year starter, Mike capped his collegiate career by starting in his 25th game at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. It was his 31st game played as a Buckeye. Mike started every game he played in in 2010 (13) and 2011 (seven), and he closed his career by starting in the final 23 games in which he played. He played in five games as a true freshman in 2008 and in six games (with four starts) in 2009.

2010 Season

One of five OSU players suspended for first five games of 2011 due to NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits. Second-year starter at left tackle … first team all-Big Ten … Jim Parker lineman of week: Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa.

2009 Season

Charged with running stop sign and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia in January 2009, paid fine for traffic violation but tested negative for any drug so that charge was dropped when police agreed pipe was for smoking tobacco. Suspended first two games of 2009 for violation of team rules. Made first start against Illinois … did not play against Minnesota, New Mexico State, Penn State because of a knee injury … returned to action vs. Iowa … scout team workhorse: USC … second-year letterwinner.

2008 Season

Played in four games as a true freshman … sidelined by shoulder injury … first year letterman.

High School

Helped Dublin Coffman to a 13-1 record and the state semifinals … all-Ohio as a junior and senior … all-metro, all-district and all-OCC … U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Parade and EA Sports All-America … Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" No. 1 … USA Today all-USA … Top 100 national ranking from ESPN, Scout, Rivals, PrepStar, Superprep … Buckeye BlueChip.


Son of Heidi Taylor … has not declared a major at Ohio State.


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