Adams has a rare combination of size and athleticism to protect the pocket against NFL speed rushers. He will need to add strength, become more consistent with his technique, and develop more of a mean streak if he is to fully realize his potential at the next level, but you couldn’t have drawn up a better prototype athlete for the left tackle position. He is very quick out of his stance, displays good balance with a natural knee bend, and has excellent footwork with his kick slide to mirror defenders around the edge. He possesses long arms and delivers a strong punch to knock defenders off their rush and push them past the pocket. He has a tendency to overextend and lose his balance when reacting to inside counter moves, and needs to improve his technique here. He also tends to get lost when he is unclear as to who he is supposed to block, especially when reacting to stunts and delayed blitzes. He anchors well against the bull rush, does well to keep his arms extended to keep defenders out of his frame, and is seldom driven backward. His size makes him overwhelming at the point of attack in the run game, where he exhibits explosiveness out of his stance, maintains good pad level for his height, locks onto defenders, and drives them off the ball. He needs to do a better job of finishing his blocks in the run game. He has good short area quickness, and delivers a solid punch to jolt his defender when sealing the edge. He seems relatively comfortable in space, exhibits the athleticism to get to the second level, but at times lacks control, showing a tendency to overextend and miss blocks when on the move. After Matt Kalil, Adams is my top left tackle prospect in the 2012 class. He will need to add strength, improve his technique, and become more of a finisher if he is to surpass Riley Reiff with regard to current level of play, but Adams has much more upside as a blindside protector than Reiff, and has the potential to wind up in Kalil’s class of left tackle before it’s all said and done.
Adams played in four games in 2008 before a shoulder injury shortened his freshman season. He played in just six games (started four games) as a sophomore in 2009, missing two games due to suspension for violation of team rules, and missing the season’s final three games following knee surgery. Adams was named first team All-Big Ten following his junior season, in which he started all 13 games at left tackle for the Buckeyes. Suspended for the first five games for NCAA rule violation (was involved in the Ohio State scandal) in 2011, Adams still managed to earn second team All-Big Ten honors as a senior with just seven starts at left tackle.
Adams played well in Ohio State’s matchup with Florida in the Gator Bowl. His impressive ability to bend naturally at the knees with good balance, and his excellent anchor strength helped him to contain Florida defenders in pass protection. He did a particularly nice job when lined up against Jaye Howard, matching the NFL-caliber defensive tackle's strength and cancelling his pass rush moves with his athleticism and long arms. He showed he has the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage in the run game, and displayed the athleticism to get to the second level on screen plays. He did miss blocks in space on a couple different occasions, struggling to effectively break down and eliminate his target. He also showed his tendency to not finish his blocks, allowing his man to tackle the ballcarrier on two separate occasions. I think Adams helped his stock overall in the Buckeyes’ 24-17 loss to the Gators by showing what a great athlete he is for his massive size.