Montravius Adams (above) made 150 tackles as an Auburn player.
Warner Robins, Ga.--A three-year starter, a first team All-SEC selection and a second team All-American this past season at Auburn , defensive tackle Montravius Adams was drafted in the third round by the Green Bay Packers on Friday night.
Adams was the 29th pick in the third round and 92nd overall as well as the first AU player selected in the 2017 NFL Draft. A Packers official said the team was excited about having Adams on board and noted the coaching staff was pleasantly surprised he was still available.
The defensive tackle got the news just hours after his son, Montravius Adams, Jr., was born at a hospital in Warner Robins, Ga., to his fiancée, Laticia Ray. "A lot of blessings," he said, describing becoming a father and being picked by the Packers, a team he said that he knows a lot about because of their history of success.
Asked which bit of news was the bigger one on Friday, Lawson said, "My love for the game is extremely high, but it is second when it comes to family."
Adams was a four-year contributor for the Tigers after arriving on campus as an Under Armour All-American from Dooly County High in Vienna, Ga.
He made 10 solo tackles and 10 assists with a sack and seven quarterback hurries as a true freshman on Auburn’s 2013 SEC championship team while playing in 13 games.
He started 10 games and played in three others as a sophomore. Adams made 27 solo stops with 16 assists. He was credited with eight tackles for lost yardage with three sacks, 17 quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.
The defensive tackle started all 13 games as a junior and made 16 solo tackles with 28 assists, three tackles for lost yardage, two sacks, six quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles.
Adams shows his skills as a ball carrier in Auburn's win at Mississippi State last season.
A semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award in 2016 as a senior, he led AU’s defensive line in tackles and was eighth overall with 26 solo stops and 18 assists. He made 8 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 4 1/2 sacks and 15 quarterback pressures. Adams blocked two kicks and forced a fumble. He recovered two fumbles and scored on one vs. Mississippi State and he also intercepted his second pass as a collegian.