Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
I thought Boomer did a great job of touching on essentially what Mike Adams brings to the table as the total package (good and bad) in the SunSentinel piece. If you watch some of his 2010 tape against elite prospects like J.J. Watt he looks like a dominant player and a top 10 pick, because he has elite ability when his technique is good. Then you put on the tape of him against a guy like Ryan Kerrigan and he looks like a mid-rounder because he gets sloppy in his technique.
Fast forward to 2011 and it's much of the same thing. For example, I've watched his tape against Illinois and Whitney Mercilus, and it looks a lot like his tape from 2010 against Ryan Kerrigan. He gets sloppy in his technique and lets Mercilus beat him to the inside for a sack. Getting beat to the inside is a huge, huge flaw for an offensive tackle. You simply cannot let that happen, and it's usually always due to lousy technique, especially for a player with the talent of Mike Adams. He'll get caught not moving his feet and let his base get narrow, once that happens you're at the mercy of the defender. Against Mercilus, he'd also get caught lunging and off balance, allowing Mercilus to quickly throw him to the ground and disengage.
One thing to keep in mind about this game against Illinois was that it was only his second game back from serving a 5 game suspension. I don't think his conditioning was all the way there yet.
Move forward to his game against Florida in the bowl game and he looks like a top 10 pick again and played with outstanding technique and effort throughout the entire game. Then he goes to the Senior Bowl and displays his incredible talent... leaving everyone to wonder if he'll ever get it. If he does, look out.
I don't think he'll go in the top 10, too risky. By the same token, so is any other tackle that you pick in the top 10 of this draft. Matt Kalil can dog it and give subpar effort right along with Mike Adams, except with Kalil you're also drafting a guy who you hope can add some weight and play effectively with another 15 pounds or so on his frame.
Riley Reiff is just nothing special whatsoever, and gets owned by guys like Frank Alexander, etc.
I think Cordy Glenn might actually have the most consistent tape of any of these guys once you get past his 1st game of the season against Boise St. where it was his first game playing left tackle, and he's not even a natural fit there. It's just a very inconsistent class of offensive tackles for the most part.