Mike Adams hurt himself at the combine, not physically, but his stock has taken a hit. The NFL Scouting Combine doesn't tell the whole story, but when a prospect totally flops in a crucial area, it can be huge.
That is what happened to Adams today.
Adams is a huge man, at 6'7", 323 pounds, but that is certainly not a good indicator of his NFL-level strength. Adams recorded a measly 19 reps of 225 pounds during the bench press workout. It tied for the fifth-lowest amount of any offensive lineman this year.
That simply won't work for a left tackle.
After playing well at the Senior Bowl, this event will push him right out of any first round or second round discussion.
When a prospect has a workout like this, it brings to the forefront all of their other shortcomings as well.
Adams was never viewed as a great athlete, so as expected he recorded pedestrian results in the combine's other categories:
5.49 in 40-yard dash
28.5 vertical leap
8'4'' in broad jump
7.94 in three-cone drill
4.95 in 20-yard shuttle
None of these numbers have him ranked higher than middle of the pack as it compares to other offensive lineman prospects in 2012.
Adams did play well for Ohio State when he was on the field, but that wasn't a lot. He had several injuries throughout his collegiate career and missed time due to his involvement in the Buckeyes' tattoo scandal.
This is a tough time for Adams, he is looking at being drafted at the end of the second day at this point.
This after some mock drafts had him in the first or second round. Even if a team still likes Adams' size and upside, he can now be had much later in the draft than originally thought.
Best case scenario: these events cost him money and security with a diminished signing bonus, etc.
Worst case scenario: this is the beginning of a complete fizzle out for Adams. Hopefully, he can turn it around and prove he's a different player on the field.