The skinny on Anthony Adams

Nose Guard/Defensive tackle played alongside first-round picks Jimmy Kennedy and Michael Haynes on Penn State's formidable defensive line. ... Niners like his quickness and ability to plug holes in middle of line. Knows how to slide off blocks and get in opposing backfields and can create problems in middle of field ... Is expected to help pressure QB in passing situations.

Positives…Has good strength and leverage, showing adequate explosion coming off the ball…Quick to locate and react to the play…Shows good pop behind his hand swipes and the lateral movements and change of direction agility to make plays knifing down the line… Hits with power, staying low in his pads and wrapping well when working in-line…His superb balance and low center of gravity makes it very hard to take him off his feet…Has a short closing burst to collide into ball carriers…Uses an array of rip, spin and swim moves to gain penetration, showing a relentless nature in his pass rush and quarterback pursuit…Compensates for his lack of size with power and leverage…Will shock blockers with his initial hand jolt…Casey Hampton-type (Pittsburgh) who is very comfortable in one-on-one matchups and does a very nice job of defeating double teams.

Negatives…Lacks ideal size and bulk…Struggles to shed at times due to his short arms…Can be overwhelmed at the point of attack when blockers get underneath to get a piece of his jersey… Better working in closed quarters, as he seems sluggish in his moves when working in space… Loses speed when asked to run distances…His short arms pose a problem when trying to shed and while he has good swim moves, they are less effective vs. the taller blockers (can not get cross faced)…May be better suited for a one-gap system due to size limitations.


The hard-working and intelligent Motor City native is non-stop on the playing field and in the locker room, providing some lighter moments for his teammates and coaching staff…Of course, the opposition probably got a hint of his lighter side on Saturdays…For certain, they got a feel for his tenacity, talent and instincts…A strong and quick athlete with excellent technique, he demonstrated his continued improvement and big-play capabilities as he combined with Jimmy Kennedy to form one of the Big Ten Conference's most productive defensive tackle tandems…He further demonstrated his desire to excel by earning the 2002 Jim O'Hora Award, presented to a defensive player for "exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement"…Finished his career with 166 tackles (94 solos), 6.5 sacks for minus 56 yards, 33 stops for losses of 95 yards, four pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.


All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started at left defensive tackle, recording a career-high 67 tackles (46 solos) with two sacks for minus 14 yards and ranked third on the team with 13 stops for losses of 27 yards…Recovered and caused a fumble…Also deflected four passes.

Central Florida…Got the season off to a fine start, as he recovered a fumble on the opening drive and made 5 tackles.

Nebraska…Tackled tailback Dahrran Diedrick twice behind the line of scrimmage and posted 4 hits.

Iowa…Stopped tailback Fred Russell three times for losses and delivered 6 tackles (5 solos).

Michigan…Crashed into tailback B.J. Askew to stop a fourth-down play behind the line of scrimmage and collected 5 solo tackles.

Ohio State…Totaled 7 tackles (4 solos), taking down star tailback Maurice Clarett twice for minus 5 yards.

Virginia and Illinois…Added a stop behind the line of scrimmage and 5 tackles (4 solos) in each game.

Indiana…Registered a career-high 11 tackles (8 solos) with a 5-yard sack and 2 stops for losses of 6 yards.

Auburn (Capital One Bowl)…Closed out his career with 9 tackles (8 solos), a 9-yard sack, 2 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble.


All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention…Started every game at left tackle…Came up with 59 tackles (22 solos), 3.5 sacks for minus 33 yards and eleven stops for losses of 47 yards…Caused and recovered a fumble.

Wisconsin…Tackled tailback Anthony Davis twice behind the line of scrimmage and made 4 hits.

Iowa…Caused a fumble when he tackled tailback Ladell Betts for a 3-yard loss and was in on 8 tackles while making another stop for minus one yard.

Ohio State…Delivered 9 tackles and assisted on a 5-yard sack.

Southern Mississippi…Sacked QB Jeff Kelly for an 8-yard loss and had a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage to go with 4 tackles.

Illinois…Followed with a 9-tackle performance.

Michigan State…Had 5 tackles, recovered a fumble and sacked QB Jeff Smoker for a 7-yard loss.

Virginia…Posted 5 tackles and a 13-yard sack.


Moved into the starting lineup at left tackle, registering 36 tackles (23 solos) with a 9-yard sack, eight stops for losses of 19 yards and a fumble recovery.

Southern California…In his first career start, he made 3 tackles with a stop for a loss.

Purdue…Added 5 tackles and 2 stops for minus 5 yards.

Minnesota…Recovered a fumble and delivered 2 solo tackles.

Michigan State…Had a 9-yard sack and 2 tackles.

Ohio State…Totaled a season-high 6 tackles (4 solos).


Played in every game as a reserve defensive tackle, making 4 tackles (3 solos) with a stop for a 2-yard loss.

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