In recent years, Scott Wright of Draft Countdown has been one of the most accurate of the plethora of draft analsysts on the Internet. Wright is out with his latest mock draft today, and he has the New York Giants selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams with the 32nd pick of the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Adams is one of the top tackle prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Wright says:
“Few organizations do a better job of building in the trenches than the Giants, but it may be time for an infusion of youth along the offensive line. Despite investing second and fourth round picks on Will Beatty and James Brewer in recent years neither has proven themselves to be a long-term solution at tackle, at least not yet. With that being the case it may be difficult to pass on Ohio St. OT Mike Adams, who could play either the left or right side, if he is still on the board. Adams clearly has all of the physical tools that you look for but doesn’t always play up to his immense talent level and has been plagued by bouts of inconsistency despite considerable experience against top competition. However, just like Nate Solder a year ago Adams is simply too talented to last very long on Draft Day and could come off the board much earlier than this.”
"Mike Adams looks the part of a franchise left tackle. He has outstanding size, decent arm length and moves very well. It’s tough to grade Adams because he is wildly inconsistent and looks lost on the field at times. He also never really displayed a mean streak during the games I watched.
I think Adams could be coached up to be a pretty solid left tackle in the NFL. He had to play his senior year blocking for the erratic Braxton Miller, so some of the inconsistency and perceived confusion is excusable. Still, I would like to see him put together a full game and become more of a nasty blocker. Adams is worth a shot in the mid to late first round."
Does Adams Fit With The Giants?
There is no doubt that the Giants could use help on the offensive line, and taking an offensive lineman here is a definite possibility. Adams appears to have the talent, but he also appears to be a bit of a gamble because of his past inconsistency. If the Giants believe they can harness it, and that whatever issues he has had are simply a product of his youth, he might be a fit here.
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