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Gaines Adams
SI Grade
4.49
Position:
DE
Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6-4.5, 258
40 Time:
4.70

BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his junior campaign. All-America selection as a senior after posting 52/17.5/12.5 and breaking up six passes. Junior totals were 56/15/9.5, with 9.5 pass break-ups.

POSITIVES: Game-impacting defender with tremendous upside. Breaks down well, and is fast to the sidelines, creating a lot of havoc. Effectively uses his hands, rushes the edge with speed and has the ability to alter his angle of attack and pursue from the backside.

NEGATIVES: Tends to turn it on and off. Gives half-hearted efforts to shed blocks and does not always chase the action. Accused of playing as if he did not want to get hurt early in his senior campaign.

ANALYSIS: A defender who takes over games, Adams has the physical skills to be an early draft pick and an immediate starter at the next level. His motor and toughness do not match his physical skills yet he offers All-Pro potential if he.s willing to pay the price

PROJECTION: Early First Round

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