Mock Draft Spotlight: OT Mike Adams

The mammoth Ohio State tackle reportedly failed a drug test at the combine.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 10:53 am | Categories: 2012 NFL Draft, Ryan Mink

The Ravens have said upgrading their offensive line is a main priority this offseason.

Adding a towering, nimble 6-foot-7, 323-pound tackle may do the trick.

Bryant McKinnie is not the long-term answer at left tackle and Michael Oher struggled when he played on the left side in 2010,” wrote Sporting News’ Russ Lande in an early-March mock draft.

“So the Ravens choose Adams, who is not an elite prospect but a good one with excellent height (6-7), long arms and competitiveness.”

On the surface, Adams has the makeup to be a top-20 draft pick. He’s the biggest and perhaps most athletic tackle in this year’s class.

Adams is a strong pass protector, using his length to keep speed rushers at bay and possessing the strength to stone bull-rushing defensive ends. He’s also a solid positional run blocker who flashes a nasty demeanor teams covet.

But there’s a reason why the Ohio State prospect is projected to be the third tackle off the board behind USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowa’s Riley Reiff.

Adams has some red flags on his record.

First, there are injuries. He underwent shoulder surgery, then suffered a season-ending left foot injury in 2008. He had surgery on his left knee (meniscus tendon) in 2009, which cost him five games.

Then there are off-field problems, which may be more cause for concern for teams.

In 2009, he ran a stop sign and was charged with misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession. He was suspended for two games for violation of team rules. This past year, he was suspended five games for receiving benefits from a tattoo parlor owner, selling championship rings, jerseys and awards.

To make matters worse, Adams reportedly tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine.

While the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock says marijuana use by prospects is not “as big a deal as it was 10 years ago,” it still could affect his stock.

Adams has reportedly been up-front with teams about the positive drug test, and teams in close contact with him have been encouraged that he has already completed counseling.

“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 told reporters at the combine.

“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.”

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