Ohio State offensive tackle Mike X. Adams brings a wealth of potential and almost as much downside for teams in the 2012 NFL Draft that are considering a swing tackle with a future as a franchise blindside protector.
Upside with question marks
- Massive fame (6-foot-7 1/4, 323 pounds)
- Versatile enough to play both tackle positions
- Strong run blocker
- Wide stance, long arms (34 inches) and very large hands (10 7/8 inches)
- Played for a strong program in a tough conference
- Does a good job of sealing the edge
- Acceptable athleticism while on the move
- Very good against bull rushers
- Plays with hustle when blocking downfield
- Has a mean streak on the field
- Involved in the tattoo scandal and was suspended five games in 2011
- Had been charged with misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession (later dropped) in 2009; suspended first two games of '09 season for violating team rules
- Struggles to get leverage on short speed rushers
- Suspect upper-body strength
- Relies too much on his size rather than improving technique
- Didn't often play up to his potential
- Mild injury concerns
Expected draft placement
Adams is a risky prospect, but his physical tools alone help mitigate some of that. He has first-round potential, but his off-the-field concerns may cause teams to wait until the second round before selecting him.
He could draw interest from the Detroit Lions (No. 23), Philadelphia Eagles (No. 14), Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 24) and New York Giants (No. 32) in the first round. The St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Sand Diego Chargers all could consider him on the second day, depending what they do in the first round.
About Cory J. Bonini
Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.
Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.
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