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Ohio State’s Adams underwhelming at Combine

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Most draftnik types pegged Ohio State tackle Mike Adams as a “riser” at last month’s Senior Bowl, but he’s showing some deficiencies at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Adams managed only 19 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press Friday. While his 34-inch arms make bench pressing tougher, Adams’ total was one of the lowest of the day among offensive linemen. And Adams is considered a potential first-round pick.

“That’s not acceptable for that position, not even close,” observed NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. “You see a lot of defensive backs put up that many.”

Mayock also pointed out that Adams was suspended twice in college. A 25-game starter at Ohio State, Adams officially measured 6-foot-7 1/4 and 323 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in. His two “unofficial” forty times were 5.31 and 5.38.

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19 Responses to “Ohio State’s Adams underwhelming at Combine”
  1. lolb23 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:54 AM

    No Vest, no juice.

  2. lolb23 says: Feb 25, 2012 9:57 AM

    Lions, please draft Molk. Stronger, smarter, better person in general and available in a later round.

    MI > OSU

  3. clayton43 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:02 AM

    that isnt very many at all …hmmmmm

  4. tom62215 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    He’s from Cleveland and grew up breathing Cleveland air and drinking Cleveland water.
    Sad.

  5. kiopta1 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:07 AM

    Sounds like someone has slacked off away from the field and gym.

  6. unfkwthabl says: Feb 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    please let him slip into the 2nd round so the chiefs can get decastro in the first and this guy in the 2nd

  7. TheNaturalMevs says: Feb 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    Just as unacceptable are the tighties he wore under his shorts

  8. realitypolice says: Feb 25, 2012 10:31 AM

    So he looked great on the field playing in actual games but not so great in the underwear olympics?

    Definitely take him off your draft board.

  9. snccoach says: Feb 25, 2012 10:34 AM

    This is why I have a love/hate relationship with the combine. You can’t expect a taller leaner lineman with a giant wingspan to pump out 30+reps bench pressing. That being said his est. 1RM is still around 400lb. which is respectable.

    I’ll take a tackle with a long wing span that can create better separation, than a barrel chested alligator armed lineman that can rep 225-50 times. They tend to not be very effective in their real job which is playing football.

  10. nflfollower says: Feb 25, 2012 10:35 AM

    lolb23 says:
    Feb 25, 2012 9:57 AM
    Lions, please draft Molk. Stronger, smarter, better person in general and available in a later round.

    MI > OSU

    ———-Molk plays center, not LT. Why are we comparing apples to oranges? In any event, I’d rather watch film and see how well he drives in the run game, and whether he can stand up to the bull rush. There are no bench presses between the white lines.

  11. rpiotr01 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    And what does the film say? How did he play against good competition?

    Konz only did 18. How much is that going to change his stock?

    Silly. The only thing bench pressing shows is how well you bench press.

  12. ernie ernie says: Feb 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    Here’s a human interest story. Gets drafted in the 7th round, works hard to prove everybody wrong and becomes a pro bowler and they do a movie about him.
    Or, drafted in second round and proves to stink up the place. Do I smell bust here???????

  13. crashdog says: Feb 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    Glad to see this site’s moderators are Buckeye honks

  14. jwired21 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Tony Mandarich, Mike Williams anyone? They were each workout warriors and see how they turned out. I don’t put much stock into the combine anyway (see tom Brady). I am concerned about the discipline issues in college more than the bench press. If he has talent, you draft him and get him in the gym with a strength coach.

  15. darthhitman77 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:14 AM

    jwired21 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Tony Mandarich, Mike Williams anyone? They were each workout warriors and see how they turned out. I don’t put much stock into the combine anyway (see tom Brady). I am concerned about the discipline issues in college more than the bench press. If he has talent, you draft him and get him in the gym with a strength coach.

    Talk about apples and oranges lol. You’re comparing the reps of a WR and a QB to a “LT prospect”? There are DBs that can do as many reps as Adams. I’m not saying he’s a bum, but I am saying I question his work ethic having been suspended TWICE in college and whatever he was doing during those time periods OBVIOUSLY had little to nothing to do with a weight room

  16. dolphincritic says: Feb 25, 2012 11:16 AM

    I think that anyone who gets this guy in the second round gets a real bargain. HGH testing may change all of this but for right now, this guy is a steal in the early second round!

  17. jwired21 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:50 AM

    darthhitman77 says:
    Feb 25, 2012 11:14 AM
    jwired21 says: Feb 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Tony Mandarich, Mike Williams anyone? They were each workout warriors and see how they turned out. I don’t put much stock into the combine anyway (see tom Brady). I am concerned about the discipline issues in college more than the bench press. If he has talent, you draft him and get him in the gym with a strength coach.

    Talk about apples and oranges lol. You’re comparing the reps of a WR and a QB to a “LT prospect”? There are DBs that can do as many reps as Adams. I’m not saying he’s a bum, but I am saying I question his work ethic having been suspended TWICE in college and whatever he was doing during those time periods OBVIOUSLY had little to nothing to do with a weight room

    The two people I am comparing them to ARE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN. Tony Mandarich was the number 2 overall pick at left Tackle by the GreenBay Packers and Mike Williams was also an offensive tackle drafted in the top 5 by #4 by the Buffalo Bills. Comparing offensive lineman to wr and cb’s is ridiculous that you would assume that. I will better clarify my players in the future so that people don’t make assumptions.

  18. vincentbojackson says: Feb 25, 2012 1:05 PM

    Give the guy a break. His arms were still sore from a recent batch of free tattoos.

  19. mackie66 says: Feb 26, 2012 12:09 PM

    Well, by God, youve heard it here first. Mayjock doesnt think much of Adams 19 reps of 225. Yo Mayjock, Adams could have done 30 reps, plus torn his pec. And folks like Floooro wonder why these linemen lift at the Combine? Bench pressing 225 over 15 reps is asking for trouble. Theres no reason to bench press 225. The weight should be dropped to 200lbs just for injurys sake. Wonder how many times Mayjock can press 225, maybe a pressed ham?

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