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Massive LT Adams To Interview With Ravens

The Ohio State tackle could fall to the late first round because of off-field issues.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Categories: 2012 Offseason, 2012 Scouting Combine, Ryan Mink

The Ravens have a big-bodied left tackle in Bryant McKinnie. They have 2009 first-round draft pick Michael Oher on the right side and drafted tackle Jah Reid last year.


But when it comes to a massive, athletic tackle that could be available late in the first round like Ohio State’s Mike Adams, Baltimore is interested.

Adams, who has been linked to the Ravens in the first round of mock drafts, told reporters he is set to interview with the Ravens on Thursday.

Adams is regarded as one of the biggest, most athletic tackles in this year’s draft class. He said he was measured at 6-foot-7, 323 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

But there are some skeletons in the potential first-round pick’s closet. And they’re what he was asked about Tuesday by the media and likely will be asked about by the Ravens.

 

Mike Adams Combine Press Conference

Adams was suspended for the first two games of the 2009 season after being reportedly charged with running a stop sign and possessing misdemeanor drug paraphernalia.

He was one of five Ohio State players suspended for the first five games of 2011 due to the NCAA rule violation of receiving improper benefits after reportedly selling championship rings, jerseys and awards.

“I’ve had some bumps in the road earlier in my career, but I think I let those things build my character rather than break it down,” Adams said on Wednesday.

“I think my character is something my coaches and teammates at Ohio State will vouch for. Anybody that knows me knows that I’m not a bad guy.”

When it comes to his on-field work, Adams is a physical specimen. He’s expected to be one of the more impressive linemen in terms of the physical drills at the combine.

Adams could fit in with the Ravens as left tackle McKinnie (6-foot-8, 360 pounds) is entering the final year of his contract and will be 33 years old this season. Oher played left tackle last year, but at 6-foot-4, 315 pounds doesn’t have prototypical size for the position.

Adams admitted he needs to work on his consistency with his pass-protection technique, and that he can get his hands too wide and overset at times. But those are issues he and coaches can fix.

One thing that can’t always be found near the end of the first round is Adams’ size and athleticism.

“My athleticism, blocking in space, is definitely a strength,” Adams said. “I like to play through the whistle in the run game. … As an offensive lineman, especially in the NFL, pass protection is where they say you make your money.”

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