NFL Draft Snapshot: OT Adam Koets

Watch Adam Koets play LT and you'll quickly see a player with athleticism and very good technique who shows real potential to start at that position at the next level. And he's one of the more interesting guys in this draft because of his interests and background off the field. Learn more about him...

Adam Koets
T, Oregon State

Numbers: 6'6, 294 pounds

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 ... Had interviews with four teams at the NFL Combine, including the Atlanta Falcons ... "The brainiac of Mike Cavanaugh's O-line." --Oregonian Sports Desk ... "A smooth-footed pass underrated prospect who stands out." -- TFY Draft Preview ... "Koets excels at getting out and smacking into players downfield." -- Dan Norz, ... "His quickness and balance make him a legitimate left tackle prospect who could develop into a starter." --

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.

Adam Koets leads the way for Yvenson Bernard (Getty Images/Jeff Gross)
Adam Koets Q&A Preview
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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.

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