He is a rather un-exciting prospect who can do the job and has the frame for the next level, but is more of a backup option at first and would struggle if thrown into a starting role. Based off his experience at a big-time school and frame, he has late round talent at the position.
The Ohio native earned a U.S. Army All-American Game berth as a top high school recruit, then immediately found himself on the field for five games despite the Buckeyes' usual depth on the offensive line. A shoulder injury sidelined him for part of the year, however, and a knee malady limited him to six games (four starts at left tackle before veteran Jim Cordle returned to the position) in his sophomore season. He was also suspended the first two games of the 2009 season for violating team rules, and was cited in January 2009 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (charges were eventually dropped) after being stopped for running a stop sign.
Adams stayed healthy in his junior season, starting all 13 games at left tackle and garnering first-team All-Big 10 honors for his play. But his involvement in the Ohio State "Tattoo Five" scandal will cost him the first five games of the 2011 season -- and reminds scouts of his past troubles. He'll need to continue his improvement in hand usage and tenacity in his limited action as a senior, as well as ace post-season interviews, to be the high pick his talent predicts.
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, good anchor in close quarters, will reset hands and move feet to sustain. Stops his feet after initial contact at times, relying on length but allowing defender to get the corner or spin inside.
Run Blocking: Solid positional run blocker who flashes some nastiness. Attacks his man when necessary, though he won't consistently dominate him and will lose his balance by overextending. Quick feet, can get inside of tackle to wall off inside and reach linebackers at the second level adeptly. Nice punch which he uses to knock down smaller defenders with one extension. Height a detriment in short-yardage plays, 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 due to his height and athleticism, but is capable of blocking on the move if required. Effective in space as he usually drops his hips to get leverage and sustain against shorter defenders.
Initial Quickness: Obvious 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, however, when coming out of his stance in panic to reach speedy wide rushers.
DownField: Possesses the quickness out of his stance and 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, displays agility to reach the second level when uncovered in that role.
Intangibles: Took time to understand the mental aspects of the college game, but took a big step forward as a junior. 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."
Nevertheless, the guy can bend. Shows natural fluidity in the hips and good short area quickness toward the edge and when asked to mirror. Struggles with balance and footwork at times, gets overextended when trying to shuffle and slide on a counter.
Needs to continue to clean up his lower half technique and do a better job staying more compact and balanced when changing directions. However, looks much more balanced as a senior and seems more patient in space and trusts his technique much more in 2011.
Is long armed and keeps his hands up in order to protect his frame, and again has improved his punch as a senior, looking more coordinated and patient into contact as he keeps his chest plate clean.
Is an athletic kid who has a burst off the football and when he keeps his pad level own he can create a jolt. At times will get upright which negates his leverage, but does have some in-line power. Is at his best crashing down the line inside and delivering a nasty punch in order to seal the edge.
Also, possesses the short area quickness/coordination to reach blocks on the edge and is comfortable in space. Gets a bit overextended trying to breakdown, but for the most part will hit his man. Will miss the first five games of the season for being part of the Ohio State scandal where he was said to have sold memorabilia for benefits.
Impression: He's a talented kid with a big frame, long arms and natural movement skills. He can bend and if he can put it all together and continue to improve his footwork he could certainly mature into a starting caliber left tackle in the NFL."
Run Blocking: Good initial burst off the ball and plays with good pad level. Excellent short area quickness when setting the edge and on reach blocks. He is comfortable in space for a big man. Keeps his hands inside and plays with power on the initial punch. He is susceptible to getting overextended in space which causes him to miss some blocks at the second level.
Technique: Adams was much improved in terms of technique during his junior season. At times, in his career he looked downright sloppy with hand placement and footwork. The athletic skills have always been there but he couldn’t quite get the technique down. This season it all came together and he may have locked himself into a first round pick.
Athleticism/Strength: Athletic body that will pass the eye test for scouts. He has plus athleticism and all the intangibles to be really good at the tackle position. Solid and improving strength and coordination.
Bottom Line: Adams is a freak athlete for his size. He moves like a 300 pounder and could anchor an NFL LT spot in the near future. He will have to clean up his overextension and susceptibility to the inside rip or spin.
Draft Projection: Top 15."
Did a fine job handling Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt. Works to the second level and can seal off linebackers.
Tends to rise out of his stance and struggles to match up with savvy pass rushers, such as Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan, with quick counters in their arsenal.
Spends more time on the ground than he should and technique could use refinement.
Has starting NFL traits if he proves he is willing to commit to the game and stays focused.
Could be better suited for the right side in the pros, with definite swing potential."
Movement: His quick feet are one of Mike Adams' major strengths. He is able to keep edge rushers at bay by sealing the edge with solid footwork. Adams managed to improve his balance this season.
Pass Blocking: Adams has the talent, size and arm length to be an effective pass blocker. Unfortunately, he struggles a bit in space and lacks the instincts to put together a dominant game on tape. He is very inconsistent but definitely shows adequate bend.
Quickness: Mike Adams snaps into his stance quickly and can shows the ability to get wide on a screen pass. For a big guy, Adams has solid speed and great feet.
Run Blocking: Despite his size, Adams manages to get his pad level low on most occasions. Again, consistency is an issue, as Adams will go into a block upright and get pushed around. I love seeing Adams get to the second level and take on linebackers. Adams definitely lacks a mean streak, though.
Strength: Adams will definitely need to get stronger if he wants to excel as a left tackle in the NFL. He can be pushed around by some of the stronger defensive linemen and doesn't really finish his blocks well.
Technique: Physically, Adams has strong technique. The knee bend is there and he uses his hands very well to keep defenders away from his body. Adams also has strong footwork and flexibility. He will need to prove that he can be consistent in his technique, and also show that he understands how to pick up on pass rushers to avoid getting beat in space.
Final Word: Mike Adams looks the part of a franchise left tackle. He has outstanding size, decent arm length and moves very well. It's tough to grade Adams because he is wildly inconsistent and looks lost on the field at times. He also never really displayed a mean streak during the games I watched.
I think Adams could be coached up to be a pretty solid left tackle in the NFL. He had to play his senior year blocking for the erratic Braxton Miller, so some of the inconsistency and perceived confusion is excusable. Still, I would like to see him put together a full game and become more of a nasty blocker. Adams is worth a shot in the mid to late 1st round."
Has good range toward the edge and is tough to turn the corner on; can also dominate at the point of attack, but needs to do so on a more consistent basis; struggles to keep pads down at times and while he is natural knee-bender often plays too tall; footwork also tends to be ragged at times; also needs to add some more bulk and get stronger to be able to consistently anchor at the next level and get some push in the run game;
One of several Buckeyes who will miss the first five games of the season due to suspension for accepting improper benefits; also has had some durability issues as he missed three games in 2009 with a knee injury and most of 2008 with a shoulder problem."
Ideal candidate to grow into a franchise left tackle in the NFL, just on profile alone... Uses his hands nicely to drive defenders back and has very good extension that he uses to constantly battle and "grapple" with a defender...
Has a very large stance and quick movement at the snap of the ball, and he's athletic and quick enough to stay with a defender, whether they are trying to go around him or cutting to the inside... Great run blocker with a very explosive push at the snap that allows him to dominate the line of scrimmage...
His size makes him quite the ideal "bulldozer" in a running situation, and he blocks the edge very nicely... Fast enough to get to the second level and make a block there if he needs to.
Negatives -- Was one of the players suspended in the improper benefits scandal that took place at Ohio State, so character issues may be a small concern right off the bat... Was suspended five games, so concerns about his overall stamina may arise, considering he didn't have the conditioning of a full season under his belt...
He's very tall and may not get quite as low as you'd like when blocking... May be susceptible to faster players coming off the edge... Has a tendency to get off balance in the run game, which can be attributed to putting too much momentum forward and being out of control...
Can be beat by a speed rush to his outside shoulder and has slow recovery speed... If he doesn't get a good jump at the line of scrimmage, he is generally beat and fairly easily... May rely a bit too much on his size, doesn't focus much on technique."
He is the prototypical left tackle prospect who really excels with his footwork and has the talent to improve his technique.
Adams will need to grow as a run blocker. He lacks that killer instinct offensive line coaches fall in love with.
He will need to correct his techniques as a zone blocker as he sometimes loses his assignment and gets lost out in open space.
The most promising facets to Adams' skill-set are his frame and good feet. He may need an extra year to develop or grow into the position as a rookie, but most every team in the NFL is willing to be patient with a guy his size."