Oh, baby, what a night for Montravius Adams.
At 2:32 p.m., Adams became a father to Montravius Adams Jr. About seven-and-a-half hours later, Adams – an athletic defensive tackle from Auburn -- was drafted by the Green Bay Packers.
“Man, there’s no words I can say. It’s a lot of blessings,” Adams said in a conference call from a hospital in Warner Robins, Ga. “From getting my son and then the Packers calling me, there’s nothing I can say. I’m just so blessed.”
Which was the bigger moment?
“Becoming a father,” he said. “My love for the game is extremely high but it’s second to becoming a father.”
At 8 pounds, 7 ounces, Junior trails his dad by about 295 pounds. Adams, a second-team All-American, showed impressive athletic ability for such a big man at the Scouting Combine. At 6-foot-3 5/8 and 304 pounds, Adams ran his 40-yard dash in 4.87 seconds. Fourteen other defensive linemen who tipped the scales at 300-plus pounds ran the 40 at the Combine. Adams beat them all by at least one-tenth of a second.
That athleticism, especially an explosive first step, showed up on the field. Adams started the final 26 games of his career. After earning third-team all-SEC as a junior, a more consistent and coachable Adams was selected a second-team All-American and first-team all-conference as a senior with career highs of 4.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for losses. He ranked among the top performers in ProFootballFocus.com’s run-stop percentage and pass-rushing productivity metrics.
“He’s got good size, but he’s also tremendously quick and explosive at the line of scrimmage,” general manager Ted Thompson said. “He’s got natural hand use that is hard to teach, and it’s good that you’re born with it. He’s been a good player, very much recommended by the staff there, and we were surprised and elated that he’s available at the time we picked him.”
In 52 career games (36 starts), he recorded 151 tackles, including 11 sacks and 21 for losses, along with three forced three fumbles and 45 quarterback hits. So why did Adams fall to near the end of the third round? He lacks desired arm length (32 3/4 inches) and hand size (9 1/4 inches). His 20-yard shuttle of 4.89 seconds is by far the slowest of any defensive lineman selected by Thompson, trumping former third-round bust Khyri Thornton’s 4.76, and was among the worst of the defensive linemen at the Combine. He put up a so-so 22 reps on the 225-pound bench press.
With Adams, the Packers have the makings of a formidable defensive line. Veteran Mike Daniels and last year’s first-round pick, Kenny Clark, form the No. 1 duo in the nickel package. Steady veteran Letroy Guion, who will be suspended for the first four games of next season, second-year player Dean Lowry and veteran free-agent pickup Ricky Jean Francois round out the veteran side of the depth chart.
All three of Green Bay’s picks have come on the defensive side of the ball, which puts it halfway to matching the 2012 draft, when Thompson used his first six picks on defensive players.
“I’d like to get that squared away,” Thompson said. “We’re trying to get better. And we think we have a chance by adding these three guys to get a little bit better tonight, and hopefully we’ll be able to do some of that tomorrow.”
Green Bay is scheduled to make six picks on Saturday: No. 108 (the first pick of the day, as part of Thursday’s trade out of the first round) and No. 134 of the fourth round, No. 172 and No. 182 (compensatory) of the fifth round, No. 212 of the sixth round and No. 247 of the seventh round.
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