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There was much talk leading up to the 2007 draft about the Bucs possibly trading up for Calvin Johnson. Hindsight is 20/20, but Bucs fans sure wish that would have happened.
Instead, the Bucs remained at the fourth pick and addressed their need for a pass-rusher, a position that hadn't had a dominant presence since Simeon Rice. Adams came highly touted following a junior season that saw him put up 12.5 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss.
But he never became the feared edge-rusher that Tampa Bay had anticipated, managing just 13.5 sacks over 37 games in a Buccaneers uniform. As with many of the picks on this list, the disappointment was made greater by the number of eventual NFL stars that the Bucs passed on, including Adrian Peterson, Darrelle Revis, Patrick Willis and Marshawn Lynch.
The Bucs traded Adams to the Chicago Bears halfway through the 2009 season for a second-round draft pick (which they used on another defensive lineman whose career came to a sad end, Brian Price). Tragically, the 26-year-old Adams passed away in 2010 of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.