Northeastern Oklahoma A&M took a chance on Adcock, and he redshirted his first season to continue his bulking up and improve in the classroom. He then started at guard as a sophomore, catching the eye of OSU head coach Mike Gundy.
He played in every game, though mostly on special teams, his sophomore season, then decided during the summer before his junior year that he wanted to be the player everyone expected him to be. The result of his extra work was his allowing zero sacks in 2010 and being named first-team All-Big 12 by league coaches.
There is little doubt about Adcock's athleticism in pass protection and great potential to be a long-time starter at right tackle. His roundabout path to Stillwater and late flip of the desire switch will be duly noted by scouts, however, so he will need to prove his commitment to the game I order to be the early-round pick he projects to be.
Pass Blocking: Natural athleticism shows in pass protection. Good knee bend and fluid lateral movement in his slide, mirrors any college end. Maintains balance throughout slide, allowing him to shut down inside lane. Willing to attack his man instead of waiting on him, will punch multiple times. Picks up edge blitzers well; does not panic, simply changes angle needed to pick them up while maintaining bend or uses his length to hold off defender until he gets his feet underneath him. Stronger ends get under his pads a bit but anchors after a step or two.
Run Blocking: Not a dominating run blocker, but rarely gets beat with quickness or pushed back, either. Effective cut-blocker on the back side. Comes off the ball strong and low from a three-point stance, moves to linebacker if lineman is neutralized. Plays with some attitude, will punch on initial contact and extend after the whistle to show he means business. Lacks the elite foot quickness to consistently get outside shoulder of defender to seal edge on plays run to his side.
Pulling/Trapping: Shows some ability to move in space when asked to do so, though it is typically not behind the line of scrimmage. Has experience as a pulling guard in high school and junior college, but is likely fits best as a zone blocker if moved inside at the next level where he can move defenders while engaged instead of trying to hit targets in space.
Initial Quickness: Rarely late off the snap whether in a two or three-point stance. Gets his hands onto his defender quickly, and moves his feet to stay engaged after initial contact. Does not get beat off the edge often, and seemingly always recovers to anchor, push man out of the hole, or get between rusher and his quarterback.
DownField: Possesses only adequate foot speed and agility to get in front of screens, and will miss targets at times. Gives effort to hit multiple targets at the second level if the chance arises, however. Does not linger on missed block if quick defender gets around him, moves on to next body in front on him.
Intangibles: On-field effort and attitude are what offensive line coaches like to see. Academic struggles and lackluster work ethic before 2010 season will be a red flag to some teams."
Played on both the right and left side this past year and despite being raw out of his stance, displays natural balance when asked to shuffle and slide and once he gets his hands on a defender he can mirror through contact.
He can bend and sit into his stance, but will get upright initially out of his stance when asked to reach speed off the edge. Doesn't stay real compact with his footwork either as he gets overextended and upright on his first movement. However, settles his feet well, sits back into his stance and can anchor routinely on contact.
Has a strong lower half and natural short area quickness when asked to mirror, even in space. Extends his arms well on contact when looking to engage, but doesn't display ideal hand placement as he often gets outside the frame of defenders. He can also sit down on contact, re-work his hands and make it tough to disengage.
Lacks ideal athleticism toward the edge, but has good enough range to get a look as a left tackle, athletically though looks better suited to play on the right side in the NFL.
Does his best work in the run game where he can really coil up into his stance, keep his base down, back flat -even from a three point stance- and really looks explosive coming off the football. Generates a real snap through hips into contact, gains leverage off the ball and extends his arms well at the point.
Can create an initial surge off the football as an in-line guy with the power through his hands to stick and drive his man down the field. Absolutely can dominate when blocking down inside and can take defensive lineman right out of the play.
Displays good initial coordination when asked to step and seal, creates seams on the edge and is even a "plus" athlete on the move.
Isn't overly rangy, but breaks down well in space, takes good angles and can even drop his pad level and cut his target. At times when engaged will get a bit ahead of himself and lose balance, but is a guy who can win on contact at the point on the next level.
Impression: Needs to clean up his footwork in pass protection, but he's coordinated, can bend and should improve with time. Looks like a guy who is ideally suited to play right tackle, but I could see him being effective as a guard or left tackle as well. Should be able to start at some point."
Weaknesses: He plays a little upright, especially when trying to reach the edge versus speed. Has a tendency to overextend and lose balance when trying to get to edge rushers. He will need to clean up his footwork in pass protection to handle NFL rushers. Didn’t have to hold the point of attack for long in OSU’s as offense as it relied on getting the ball out quickly.
Bottom Line: Levy Adcock has RT written all over him in the NFL. He doesn’t have the feet to play on the left side. At worst, the team selecting him will be getting a starting caliber guard that could play swing tackle. He should be a contributor early on in his career.
Draft Projection: 4."
Bends at the waist, is easily overextended and too often falls off blocks.
Could compete for a job as a zone-blocking right guard."
Levy Adcock is going to be one of those prospects that may land higher than his talent warrants. He possesses the size and quickness that evaluators look for in a tackle prospect. His feet are quick enough to protect the edge and mirror rushers. Adcock is also fluid enough to change direction and react to counter moves. He shows the ability to be a plus pass protector in the NFL.
However, Adcock's weakness are masked by the style of play at Oklahoma State. He isn't the strongest or nastiest of offensive linemen. Pushing defenders off the line and creating running room will be a problem for Adcock. His lack of explosion and power punch limits his ability to get inside and drive. In pass protection, Adcock struggles to anchor after contact and hold his own against the bull rush.
He also has some wasted motion in his punch making it easier for defenders to get into his frame. Adcock is a real tough prospect to peg because he has the size and athletic ability but lacks great strength. The fact that Oklahoma State runs an unconventional offense also makes it hard for Adcock to show his run blocking ability. He may end up getting drafted higher based on his potential and upside.
Bold Statement: Adcock will be overvalued due to his size and athletic ability
Games Viewed: Oklahoma ('10), Arizona ('10), Texas A&M ('10)
- Adcock is a massive offensive line prospect with a thick lower half
- For his size, Adcock has good athletic ability and fluid movements
- He does a good job quickly getting into to his set
- His feet are quick enough to shuffle and mirror defenders
- Adcock possesses a natural bend and keeps his pad level low
- He has long arms which helps him keep defenders off his frame
- His quickness off the ball and decent foot speed allows him to protect the edge
- Adcock is not a nasty player and doesn't finish off plays
- He struggles to move defenders off the football
- Despite having a natural bend, Adcock struggles to anchor after initial contact
- He is more of a puncher and not a velcro player
- His punch is weak and doesn't jolt the defender
- Adcock has some wasted motion in his pass protection because he keeps his hands down at his side"
Intense player has prototype size and strength with some quickness and good bend; dominating road-grader who brings an attitude to every play; gets off the snap with authority and keeps pads low; gets a real push off the line of scrimmage, although not as effective blocking in space;
Technically solid pass blocker did not allow a sack in 2010; sets up well with a solid base and gets good arm extension; has a good slide step and some lateral agility, but likely lacks the really nimble feet to figure at LT at the next level; smart, mature player is an education major who wants to coach down the road."
Most offensive linemen have the opposite skill-set where they need to work on their technique and already possess brute strength. Bulking up for the NFL will be asking a lot for a guy who already has a lot of weight on his frame. If he can maintain his work ethic, he may be able to live up to his draft status."