Adams Turning Heads at Senior Bowl Practice
By Brandon Castel
Mike Adams is making up for lost time.
The offensive tackle out of Dublin, Ohio missed half of his senior season at Ohio State because of suspension, but he isn’t letting that slow him down.
From the moment he arrived at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Adams has been turning heads and capturing attention. It started right away, with his weigh-in on day No. 1.
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“Mike Adams has a real presence about him,” wrote Wes Bunting, Director of College Scouting for the National Football Post.
“He’s a big kid with a long set of arms. He looks the part of an NFL LT.”
Adams, who started at left tackle for the Buckeyes the last two seasons, is one of four Buckeyes at this year’s Senior Bowl. He weighed in at a legitimate 6-7, 323 pounds with an 11-inch hand and an 82-inch wingspan. He was one of the most physically impressive players in Mobile during the weigh-in and that carried over to the practice field on day one.
“Mike Adams had a terrific day, looking extremely comfortable in space and showcasing the athleticism of a left tackle prospect,” wrote Scott Wright of NFLCountdown.com.
“Adams got reps on both the left and right side and did a good job against (Marshall’s) Vinny Curry in 1-on-1’s.”
He was the first on the field at left tackle for the North squad during walk-through’s, which is always an interesting thing to keep an eye on during Senior Bowl week. The game won’t be played until Saturday, Jan. 28 (4 p.m. ET, NFL Network), but Adams is already making an impression on a number of scouts.
“When he shoots his hands inside on contact, he has the ability to control blocks and slide his feet through the play,” Bunting wrote.
“However, the only time he gets himself into trouble is when he doesn’t extend his arms and looks to catch opposing lineman at the point. Nevertheless, the talent is there for this guy to be a top-20 pick.”
Adams missed the first five games of the 2011 season while serving his NCAA-mandated suspension, but he could be the first senior offensive tackle off the board during April’s NFL Draft.
“While watching the offensive lineman today I had a revelation,” wrote Wright, of NFLDraftCountdown.com.
“Ohio State OT Mike Adams is Nate Solder. Both are too inconsistent, looking outstanding at times and leaving you scratching your head others. However Adams, like Solder, is simply too talented to fall out of the first round and could ultimately be selected in the Top 20 overall as well.”
The top offensive tackles in the draft are expected to be Matt Kalil, a junior out of USC, Riley Reiff, a junior our of Iowa and Jonathan Martin, a junior out of Stanford. Adams could be the next tackle off the board after those three are gone.
He spoke with the Houston Texas, among other teams, after practice Monday.
Brewster Still Battling Michigan
The scouts haven’t been quite as united on former Ohio State center Michael Brewster, a classmate of Adams back in 2008. Brewster weighed in at just over 6-4, 310 pounds with a 75-inch wingspan.
He has played mostly center in Mobile through the first two days of practice, but will also get some looks at guard this week. One of the familiar faces lined up across from him during the North practice has been defensive tackle Mike Martin.
The two have a little unfinished business from their days playing in of the greatest rivalries in all of sports.
“I am also convinced that this year’s Senior Bowl fight is going to be between Ohio State C Mike Brewster and Michigan DT Mike Martin,” Scott Wright wrote on NFLDraftCountdown.com.
“The two were already natural enemies and they were getting awfully chippy with each other in the one-on-one drills. My guess is they throw down on Wednesday and it should be glorious.”
A number of other reports had things getting a little testy between these two, but it sounds like Brewster got the better of his old Big Ten counterpart.
“Just like yesterday, Mike Brewster and Mike Martin went 4 reps, and I'd score it 3-1 Brewster again,” wrote Scott Kennedy, Director of Scouting for Scout.com / FoxSports.
Overall, however, Brewster did not have a standout practice on the first day in Mobile, at least according to Wright.
“Mike Brewster had a rough outing,” Wright wrote on NFLDraftCountdown.com.
“He didn’t generate much push in the run game during 11-on-11’s. While quick out of his stance, Brewster often got too upright and must shore up his technique. All in all this is a day Brewster would probably like to forget.”
Posey Up and Down in His Debut
The same could be said for former Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey. After missing 10 games during the 2011 season because of suspension, Posey could possibly have the most to gain from his Senior Bowl exposure.
So far, it has not been good publicity.
Posey weighed in at nearly 6-2 and 209 pounds with a 74-inch wingspan. He proved himself to be a quality route-runner late in the season, but has always seemed to struggle with catching the ball away from his body.
“Ohio State WR DeVier Posey appears to be a body catcher. Already a few drops,” wrote Charlie Bernstein, an NFL Analyst for ESPNFlorida.com and FoxSports.com.
Posey did make a few nice plays during 7-on-7 drills, however, but overall he has not shown consistency catching the football through the first two days of Senior Bowl practice.
“DeVier Posey went down low for a nice catch in 7-on-7’s and also beat Alfonso Dennard due in part to a huge cushion,” Wright wrote on NFLDraftCountdown.com.
“However, Posey also dropped some balls today that he shouldn’t of and will have to bounce back in future sessions.”
The fourth Buckeye in Mobile this week is tailback Boom Herron. The teams haven’t done a lot of live hitting yet, but here is what NFLDraftCountdown had to say about him so far.
“Daniel ‘Boom’ Herron ran hard between the tackles but struggled to get outside at times due to balance and quickness issues,” they wrote.
“He is solid with great muscle tone on arms and abs.”
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