2007 NFL Draft Breakdown: DE Gaines Adams

Former Clemson defensive end is expected to be among the first five picks in Saturday's draft.

Teams Most Interested: Detroit, Tampa Bay, Washington

Scout.com Draft Ranking: No. 1 defensive end

CUTigers.com Projected Round: 1st

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. Also named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. 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.

Final: 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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