Scouting Report: Gaines Adams

With the 2007 NFL Draft just over two weeks away, it's time to take a look former Tigers who stand to make a name in the National Football League. First up, defensive end Gaines Adams, who many are predicting will be selected among the top 10 players.

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.

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.

Note: In the latest Scout.com mock draft, Gaines Adams was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 4 overall selection.

Quote from Gaines: "I'm just waiting for that day to come and can't wait to see what will happen (with the draft). I just want to be that guy who's name is called first. But being in this position, it's a great honor. I'm very thankful for it."



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