Mike Adams Senior Bowl: Could the Ohio State Tackle Go in the Top 10?

Jon Dove@https://twitter.com/#!/Jon_Dove42Contributor IJanuary 28, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Mike Adams #75 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for his blocking assignment against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State's Mike Adams managed to fly under the radar most of his senior season. A lot of this had to do with the fact that he missed the first five games thanks to a suspension.

However, the massive offensive lineman has recently started to turn heads and push his way up many draft boards. His stock is at an all-time high, but still doesn't put him in the top 10 discussion.

At 6'7" 323-pounds, Adams boasts the size and bulk needed to anchor either the right or left side of the offensive line. He combines his impressive size with good balance and fluid movements. This is the type of skill-set needed to effectively protect the passer.

Adams' quick shuffle helps him reach the edge and cut off his opponent's speed rush. His thick and strong lower half gives him the anchor needed to stymie bull rush attempts.

The NFL places a lot of value on the left tackle position, which tends to elevate the stock of these type of prospects. During his career and Senior Bowl performance, Adams showed the skills needed to develop into an NFL left tackle. However, he doesn't possess truly elite athleticism and that is what will ultimately keep him out of the top 10.

Adams still has been able to work his way into the top 15 discussion, where he would represent good value. He is much less of a risk at No. 15 because there is a possibility that he will end up as a right tackle. Right tackle's carry less importance than a left tackle and aren't typically selected inside of the top 10.

At this point, the most likely landing spots for Adams appear to be the Arizona Cardinals (No. 13), the San Diego Chargers (No. 18), the Chicago Bears (No. 19) and the Cleveland Browns (No. 22). He will be a first-round pick but won't come off the board until Stanford's Jonathan Martin, USC's Ryan Kalil and Iowa's Riley Reiff are selected.