Bucs Grab Offensive Lineman for a Chat

Scout.com's Ed Thompson has learned that the Buccaneers jumped at the chance to sit down with an offensive lineman at the Combine they bumped into. Find out who it was and what he could bring to the offensive line for Tampa Bay.

During a recent interview with Oregon State offensive tackle Adam Koets, he told Scout.com that the Buccaneers were one of four teams he met with at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. But his chat with the Buccaneers was a bit unusual in as much as it happened as a spur-of-the-moment meeting prior to his formal interviews.

As Koets described it, "I had three official ones (interviews), but one of the guys grabbed me in there a day early. I don't think they had anybody in there, so they threw me in there," he said. "I was walking through and was going to grab something to eat and they said, 'Hey, we want to talk to you.' So that's how I ended up there."

Koets is an interesting prospect who shows great technique and potential to handle the difficult position of left tackle at the pro level with some grooming. Likely to be a mid-round pick, he could be a real value for the Buccaneers who could use someone with his athleticism on their depth chart and for the future of their offensive line.


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Adam Koets
T, Oregon State

Numbers: 6'6, 294 pounds

Adam Koets leads the way for Yvenson Bernard (Getty Images/Jeff Gross)
The Buzz: 40-yard dash times at the NFL Combine (5.07 and 5.09) weren't far off the pace of Wisconsin's Joe Thomas (5.00 and 5.07), who is likely to be one of the top five players in the NFL Draft ... "The brainiac of Mike Cavanaugh's O-line." --Oregonian Sports Desk ... "A smooth-footed pass protector...an underrated prospect who stands out." -- TFY Draft Preview ... "Koets excels at getting out and smacking into players downfield." -- Dan Norz, BeaverFootball.com ... "His quickness and balance make him a legitimate left tackle prospect who could develop into a starter." -- NFLDraftScout.com.

Noteworthy: Three-year starter who didn't miss a single game, posting 37 consecutive starts ... Named to the academic All-Conference team three consecutive years ... Awarded All-Conference Honors in 2006 ... Played in the East-West Shrine Game ... Enjoys extreme sports, including bungee jumping and sky diving ... Graduated from high school with a 3.90 GPA ... Majored in international business with a minor in German at Oregon State and spent the summer of 2005 in Germany as part of a study-abroad program.

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Ed Thompson: Adam, tell me a little bit about you out on the football field. How would you describe your attitude when you're out there?

Adam Koets:  I'm a forceful player. I love the game and my attitude is kind of different in different situations, but overall, I'm kind of an intellectual guy. I don't really talk a lot of trash. I try to stay away from that and just think about the next play technique-wise and what the opponent's doing -- and then try to go out there and beat guys up.

ET:  You've been described as a finesse blocker what does that mean to you?

AK:  I think it's a good thing. I have a lot of athletic ability for my position. There are blocks I can make that other guys can't, and obviously I play with good technique. So I think that gives me an advantage on a lot of guys. But I'm also trying to be more physical and dominate more guys, and I think I was showing I could do that as well, especially towards the end of the season.

ET:  What did you wanted to make sure that the coaches you talked to at the Combine knew about you? 

AK:  I think the kind of person I am, my background and how important football is to me. I'm a good character guy, no off-the-field issues. And my intelligence and athletic ability are strengths that I bring to the table. I'm a pretty well-rounded guy, I'm not your typical football player.  I do a lot of different things that kind of set me apart.

To learn more about Adam Koets, visit his profile page at Scout.com.

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