Adam Gettis is a typical Mike Shanahan lineman. When the Washington Redskins drafted him in the fifth round this year, that statement was the stock response to reports that he was undersized for his position.
Listed at 6’4” and 280 pounds on Iowa’s profile, it was a justifiable concern. The NFL is a big step up from college and one where the rookie linemen often find themselves unable to cope with the force of the veterans.
Like so many other Redskins, he had an injury history, too. In 2010 he started just two games; although he rebounded to start every game for Iowa—earning a second team All-Big Ten spot in the process—this was an extra strike in the box marked “Reasons Not to Draft.”
However, Shanahan is a slave to his own system, as we all know. He saw things in Gettis that he knew would benefit the future of the franchise. He pulled the trigger in the fifth and Gettis became a Redskin.
The offensive line seems doomed to repeat itself this year, with injuries piling up by the day. The difference this time around is the level of depth, which has improved since the draft.
Whether he’s ready or not, Gettis is going to see playing time this year, so it makes sense to find out some more about him. Here are some things he brings to the party.