Adam Roberts hopes he can continue to follow in Andre Frazier's footsteps. As Bearcat fans know, Frazier was a starting defensive end for the 2004 Bearcat defense. Immediately after the season, Andre signed with David Lee of PlayersRep Sports Management and was shipped off campus to concentrate on improving his linebacker skills. Andre didn't get drafted, but made a good enough impression to sign as a free agent and became a member of the Super Bowl Champion, Pittsburgh Steelers, 3-4 defense as a linebacker.
Adam replaced Andre as a starting defensive end for the 2005 Bearcat defense, and like Andre, immediately signed with David Lee of PlayersRep Sports Management. Adam presently is in Annapolis, Maryland working full time on his linebacking skills, hoping to interest an NFL team that employs a 3-4 defense.
Officials of the Las Vegas All American Classic invited Adam to showcase his skills at their event a couple months ago, and Roberts felt good about the experience. " I had a really good week of practice and ended up starting. I thought I played pretty well in the game too. I also got a chance to get about eight interviews by NFL teams. The interviews last only about 10 or 15 minutes. Teams want the chance to get to know you as a person and see about your football knowledge. Plus, my coach was Jim Harbaugh of the Philadelphia Eagles."
Adam Roberts has take off during UConn this year
That kind of exposure is needed for Adam since he didn't have a great senior year with the Bearcats, but there were some extenuating circumstances. "I had to play through some injuries. I started the season with a high ankle sprain." Adam also lost a great supporting cast around him-all guys currently in the NFL (Andre Frazier, Trent Cole, and Mike Wright). With his unique combination of power and speed, Adam hopes to join his old teammates in the NFL. "I'm about 255 pounds right now, but I think I can play as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. I can pressure the passer, and I'm working on my drops. I was timed with a 4.57/forty time at UC."
Anyone that knows Adam Roberts knows he's an eternal optimist, and that optimism helped him when he was not invited to the NFL's combine in Indianapolis. "Just because you're invited to the combine doesn't mean you'll get drafted, and just because you're not invited doesn't mean you won't get drafted. All I need is for one team to like me."
Roberts has not yet graduated from UC because Adam's agent sent him to Annapolis to prepare for specific drills employed by NFL scouts, but he estimates he needs only three more classes.
Since he replaced Andre Frazier last year, Adam was asked who would replace him as a leader at defensive end for next season. "I really haven't paid attention to who they recruited, but I think Trevor Anderson could have a breakout season next year if he keeps working hard." Since he lined up against the Bearcat offense every day, he was asked which of the veterans might challenge for a starting spot at offensive tackle. "I'd pick J.P. Simon. He's a pretty big kid, and if he gets the mental part of the game, he'll be all right."
Adam will be returning to Cincinnati before March 10 to take part in "Pro Day." Adam feels prepared. "I just had a mock Pro Day where I am now so I'll know exactly how things will be." One of the drills that gets a lot of attention is the 225 pound bench press. Adam reported getting an impressive 25 reps this week and is planning to improve on that number by March.
Bearcat Insider will continue to follow Adam's progress as it gets closer to draft day and will look to have full coverage of Pro Day at UC.