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Gaines Adams


Positional Rankings: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C - DE DT ILB OLB S CB - K P

Position: Defensive End

School: Clemson

Status: Senior

Height: 6-4

Weight: 260

40-Yard Dash: 4.60 (EST)


A true sack artist, and extremely explosive off the line of scrimmage. Adams can very often turn the corner before the tackle he's lining up against can even get into his protection. His use of hands and sheer elusive ability confounded even many of the elite tackles he faced during his collegiate career. He possesses the athleticism to play rush-OLB in a 3-4 scheme as well as his natural 4-3 DE spot.


Adams is a little undersized for his position at an NFL level. He also occasionally seems to be reluctant to play against the run, which is a big no-no in the pros. Those two factors combined seem to suggest that he's likely to be a situational pass-rusher when he hits the NFL.


The top overall DE prospect in the draft, his stock is only heightened by the potential for him to be a DeMarcus Ware-esque hybrid player. Adams is likely to go in the top ten this April, and his stock will probably go even higher if he tests well at the Combine.


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