Q&A with Gaines Adams

CLEMSON - CUTigers.com checked in with former Clemson bandit end Gaines Adams earlier this week to get his thoughts on the 2007 NFL Draft and more.

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Gaines it seems like there was a big buzz surrounding your performance at the NFL Combine last month. Can you talk about what you did up there and how you feel like it has helped your draft status?
Adams: Overall from what I've been hearing I did a pretty good job. I had the mindset to go in there and work hard to show the teams and the scouts what I have. I did some linebacker drills and some defensive end drills. Overall I think I did pretty well.

What teams have been talking to the most throughout the entire draft/scouting process?
Adams: I've been hearing from a variety of teams to be honest. Basically the teams that are scheduled to go first in the draft. But I'm just waiting for that day. I can't wait to get into the NFL and be able to play.

Do you have any sort of preference about where you'd like to play? A warm-weather team? A favorite team growing up?
Adams: No. I just want to be the first pick. I just want to be that guy who's name is called first. Being in this situation is a great honor and I just want to make the best of it.

Former Clemson bandit end Gaines Adams ran a 4.64 40-yard dash the NFL Combine in February. It was the fastest time of any defensive lineman.
Has it hit you yet the kind of money you are about ready to walk into?
Adams: I don't look at it from a money standpoint. I just look at it from a perspective I hopefully want to hear my name called first. I believe that's more than money, knowing that you are the best player in your class and in the nation. It's not about money.

You seem to fit that hybrid linebacker/defensive role that we are seeing more in the National Football League. Do you find that teams are talking to you more about playing as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 or a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme?
Adams: Oh yeah. I've heard both so it doesn't make a difference to me. I've been working out so I'm ready. Whichever scheme it is I'm going to be ready to play.

You had a chance to watch spring practice this week, what's it been like for you to come back and see these guys knowing that you are done playing football here?
Adams: Well it's a great feeling to come back where you played and see the guys working hard trying to be successful. It seemed like this day would never come as far me getting ready for the draft and being able to reflect on my time here. But it's here.

With the type of talent this team has coming back this year, do you think this team can compete for an ACC Championship?
Adams: That's each year. We are always bringing in good players so we'll see what happens this year.

Scout.com Gaines Adams Scouting Report
Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. All-American selection as a senior after posting 52/17.5/12.5 and breaking up six passes. Junior totals were 56/15/9.5, with 9.5 pass break-ups.

Pos: Game-impacting defender with tremendous upside. Breaks down well, is fast to the sidelines and creates a lot of havoc. Effectively uses his hands, rushes the edge with speed and has the ability to alter his angle of attack and pursue from the backside. Fluid moving in reverse, displaying a back-pedal when asked to play in space. Plays with tremendous pad level, balance and rarely is off his feet. Covers a lot of area, displaying speed in every direction.

Neg: Tends to turn it on and off. Gives half-hearted efforts to shed blocks and does not always chase the action. Accused of playing as though he did not want to get hurt early in his senior campaign.

Analysis: A defender who takes over games, Adams has the physical skills to be an early draft pick and an immediate starter at the next level. His motor and toughness do not match his physical skills yet he offers All-Pro potential if he's willing to pay the price.

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