NFL Draft Q&A With Adam Koets

Oregon State's Adam Koets has one of the most interesting backgrounds off the field of any player in this year's NFL Draft. Find out more about him, what he could add to your favorite team's offensive line, and who's been showing interest in him in this interview with's Ed Thompson.

Ed Thompson:  I think you have one of the most interesting backgrounds of any player I've talked to so far during the draft season. Let's just jump right in and talk about you being a thrill-seeker with your bungee jumping, skydiving, surfing.  What's that all about?

Adam Koets:  Yeah, I like to try and do different things that I've been blessed with the opportunity to do. I grew up in southern California, so I grew up skating, wakeboarding, surfing, doing all those kinds of things.  The bungee jumping and skydiving I had the opportunity to get into that in high school and throughout a little bit of college too. It's a lot of fun and something I love doing.

ET:  Do you just have that feeling of invincibility that most young men have where you don't stop to think that the cord could snap or maybe the parachute won't open?

AK:  No question that's part of it, the whole thrill seeking deal of jumping out of a plane it's a little crazy and it's a little intense, but that's why you do it. I got into it and I did about four jumps in about two weeks and I had to stop because its addictive.  You do it once and all I thought was "I want to do this again."  It was that awesome and definitely a cool thing to do.

ET:  Now is surfing more just tied to your geography and something that you and your friends liked to do together?

AK:  Yeah, pretty much. Surfing is not a huge deal.  I longboard and hang out with friends. It's kind of a beach deal, but I'm actually better at skiing. My parents like to travel and every family vacation we do pretty much revolves around skiing.

ET:  How's that whole thrill-seeking tie into your football career. Do you feel some of the same adrenaline rushes when you're out on the football field?

AK:  Definitely. That competitive edge is a little different from extreme sports because you're kind of competing with yourself as opposed to another person.  But I think doing a lot of other things like playing soccer, volleyball and skateboarding is a good thing.  Being a 300-pound guy who can do those things and can still go out on the field and move people around, I think that overall athletic ability has helped me. And obviously the whole intensity of the game is similar, but it's different in a lot of ways too.

ET:  By contrast, which I think is great, you play the guitar you play the piano.
AK:  I grew up in a musical family.  My sister's a pretty good singer, I grew up singing in the choir but stopped at a young age. I played piano for about five years but once football kind of took over in eighth/ninth grade I stopped doing that. When I got to college, it was something I liked doing so I started picking up the guitar and its something I like doing a lot more. Right now I play anything mostly on the acoustic guitar. I started off playing stuff like Jack Johnson and the Dave Matthews Band. But now I pretty much play anything. I play a lot of classical now and some stuff by Tommy Emmanuel, he's an Australian guitarist. But I listen to anything and everything.

ET:  You studied abroad in Germany for the summer of 2005. What was that experience like?

AK:  Yeah, it was awesome, man. I've had the opportunity to go to Europe three times. I was just over in France this year.  We went skiing in Chaminox and then stopped at Amsterdam for a couple days and that was a blast. I studied international business, so German was part of the deal and I decided to get my minor in it.   I was able to get credits while going over there in our study abroad program.  I was in a small town, Cassel, and it was real cool to go over there and hang out and speak the language.  I want to go over there sometime in my life after football and do more traveling.

Adam Koets congratulates George Gillett (Getty Images/Harry How)
ET: Adam, tell me a little bit about you out on the football field. How would you describe your attitude when you're out there?

AK: 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:  What is it about your technique that you think helps make you successful out there?

AK:  I think whether you're an athletic specimen or not, technique is where everything starts.  And if you don't have that you're not going to be able to get it done.  So on everything you do everyday you focus on what you're doing, little things that help you continue to get better. You can't just go out on the field and get ramped up and forget all those things that you learned throughout the week of what you're trying to do.  So that's the way I approach the game

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:  At the pro level, especially with the rookies, teams like to have some versatility on their depth chart.  Have you primarily been a tackle your whole career or do you have some other experience on the offensive line?

AK:  I came in as a guard and tackle and they put me at tackle.  I did well there and that's where I stuck for about three years as a starter. I believe I have the versatility, I'm an athletic guy, and I'm a smart guy who picks up things real fast.

ET:  How about special teams experience Adam, tell us a little bit about your background there.

AK:  As an offensive lineman you don't really get the opportunity too much. I never really got that opportunity too much in college except for PAT team.

ET:  So they didn't ask you to run back kicks, huh?

AK:  Yeah I wish (laughs), that's a dream.  Anytime a 300-pound guy gets the ball (laughs), its huge. It can make your game, make a career.

ET:  You started 37 straight games, so you must not have much of an injury history to talk about.

AK:  I've been lucky, I haven't really had anything serious. I did my meniscus my redshirt freshman year just doing workouts, hurt my wrist in high school. But I'm a pretty healthy guy.

ET:  So what did you think of the Combine?

AK:  It was impressive. It was fun to be a part of and it was just an honor to be there. The whole process goes by fast, but it's an interesting process and I think I did real well for myself. I was proud and I felt really well prepared.  And just to have the opportunity to go out there and show all those guys who you are in the interviews and what you can do on the field was great. I think I did pretty well. I was first in the three-cone, ran like a 7.47 or something like that and my shuttle was pretty good. Everything was pretty solid.

ET:  What were a couple of the most memorable questions or moments from your formal interviews?

AK:  Most of the stuff is pretty basic and once you do a number of them they're pretty standard.  They kind of test what you know, get you on the dry-erase board and put a little pressure on you.  I think the Miami Dolphins' one was probably one of the hardest. They kind of clocked you with a minute time and said write down all your plays and they had you draw up a bunch of defenses. Most just say write down your favorite play and it's pretty easy.

ET:  Who else did you meet with other than the Dolphins?

AK:  I met with the Bears, the Falcons and then also Tampa Bay -- but it was kind of informal. I was just walking through, I was going to grab something to eat and they were like, "hey we want to talk to you." And then you meet with a ton of teams informally. They have a big room that's just crazy.  It's like a train station there, you're talking to everybody.

ET: What should NFL teams and their fans know about you as a person, Adam?

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.

A member of the Professional Football Writers of America, Ed Thompson's NFL and college football player interviews and features have been published across the network and syndicated through's NFL team pages.

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