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Mike Adams scouting report

Mike Adams OT Ohio State #75
Ht: 6’7″

Wt: 323

Elite size and strength. Prototypical left tackle. Has the size to engulf most defensive ends. An impressive natural athlete for the position. Strong fundamentals in pass protection. Has a nice study base to anchor against the bull rush. Quick out of his stance. Has excellent footwork and can easily slide outside with athletic edge rushers. Has the ability to easily get to the second level and beyond. Strong upper body allows him to get a good pop on smaller pass rushers, often tossing them aside with a quick jab. Has the size to dominate as a run blocker; does a nice job staying low despite his impressive height. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career.
Lacks the killer instinct; seems to be content to keep pass rushers at bay without ever finishing them off. Awareness is suspect; doesn’t always know what to do when not engaged immediately off the snap; needs to do a better job identifying when to slide over to help left guard when there isn’t an immediate threat on the outside. Suspended for five games for his role in Ohio State tattoo scandal. Suspended for two games in 2009 after being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; charges were late dropped. Suffered season-ending foot injury in 2008. Had shoulder surgery during 2008 offseason. Missed time in 2009 after undergoing knee surgery.
In terms of his performance, there’s very little not to love about Adams game. Physically he has everything you could ask for in a left tackle, and he is generally fundamentally sound as well. The major flaw in his game, however, is the mental aspect. He simply doesn’t play like he wants to be great. He has the size to be a dominant force but he rarely finishes off his blocks, instead elected to do just enough to keep his man at bay. He consistently gets the job done, but you have to wonder what is holding him back from taking his game to the next level.
2011 vs Illinois (video is of Mike Brewster, Adams is #75)
2011 vs Michigan 
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