"Anthony Adams wouldn't have been on this tape the year he came in," Martin said.
He wouldn't have, but four years after a walking on as a running back, Adams leaves as one of the best linebackers in Laker history. Unfortunately, in the NFL Draft, just as in recruiting, measureable physical attributes often take precedent over accomplishments. In scouts' eyes Adams' 357 career tackles dwindle in comparison to his 5'11 height.
"The so called experts have pretty much have counted me out," Adams said, "claiming I'm too small and will never make it, which is something I love on some of the stuff you read about on D2 boards because they haven't even seen me play. I like that everyone has counted me out, I think it keeps me grounded and hungry to prove that two inches doesn't make a football player."
Adams has been at GVSU training for the draft with fellow NFL hopeful Brandon Barnes. He had a chance to speak with several teams at the Cactus Bowl and while most draft analysts have all but written off the All-American, he knows all he needs is an opportunity.
"I'm just hoping for a legit shot at a camp and go from there," he admitted, "The last time a team did that and gave me a chance, I struck fire with and turned in to an All-American and two time championship winner. I've had an uphill battle with football the whole time so being an underdog has been what I've thrived on for these last couple of years. I wouldn't want to have it the easy way."
What Adams does bring to the table is a world of starting experience and in big games. He has good instincts, is a sure tackler and of course, he has great work ethic.
If all the hard work and dedication pays off and Adams does indeed make an NFL roster, he certainly won't rest on his laurels and become complacent. However, there will be a certain sense of relief and accomplishment.
"To tell you the truth I really don't know how it will feel other than to say God is good. I think it would be more satisfying to say I earned every penny and every snap I played. Nothing was given so I think it would be an incredible feeling and accomplishment."
The NFL Draft is on April 26 and 27, stay tuned to GVReport for more on Grand Valley's draft hopefuls.