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A three-year starter and team captain, Adam Gotsis doesn’t play like he’s new to American football, but the former Australian Rules footballer from Melbourne is still relatively new to the game.
Gotsis has the length (34 ⅛" arms) to stack up blockers in the run game, and the big, heavy hands (10 ¾”) to anchor at the point of attack. Gotsis plays much more stout than his listed 287 pounds and has proved he can occupy double-teams. When giving chase on the ball, Gotsis has enough lateral movement skills to make plays in space. The same skills show up when chasing quarterbacks.
Gotsis is versatile enough to slide inside on passing downs or line up on/outside the tackle on first and second down. He has the hip flexibility and foot speed to bend around some tackles in the passing game and uses his length and instincts to win battles there.
A season-ending knee injury shut Gotsis’ season down in late October and has limited his ability to test for teams before the draft.
A lack of explosion on film keeps Gotsis from having a projection as a pass-rusher in the NFL. He doesn’t have the second-step speed to beat tackles around the edge or the hand play to win on the inside consistently. Without those skills, Gotsis is forced to win with leverage and power.
Gotsis is a ‘tweener in that he’s not twitchy enough to play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme, but he lacks the traditional power of an inside player. He will be best used in a scheme that values versatility and not conventional traits. As more of a run-only player, Gotsis’ value will be lowered immediately. Add in the knee injury, and he could see a fall to the late rounds.
Weight: 287 lbs.
40 Time: N/A
Short Shuttle: N/A
PRO COMPARISON: Ziggy Hood, Washington
FINAL GRADE: 5.70/9.00 (Round 4—Backup Caliber)