Mike Adams, NFL Draft 2012: Ohio State Tackle Hurt By Suspension

NEW ORLEANS LA - JANUARY 04: (R-L) Dan Herron #1 Terrelle Pryor #2 and Mike Adams #75 of the Ohio State Buckeyes gather with teammates before taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans Louisiana. Herron Pryor and Adams are three of the five players suspended the first five games next season for receiving improper benefits. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Mike Adams is a first-round talent, but could his size and character issues keep him out of the first 32 picks?

Mike Adams could have been a sure-fire first round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft if he played the entire season for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Instead, despite some good performances and fantastic athleticism, Adams is on the edge of the first round due to one major red flag, that he was one of the Ohio State players suspended five games for selling team merchandise.

Nonetheless, NFL Draft blog Mocking The Draft loves his skills. They're concerned with his lack of bulk, but they're also convinced that he can add some more without a problem.

NFL teams are always on the lookout for the next great offensive tackle. This age of speed rushers and exotic blitzing schemes makes the athleticism of tackles very important. They need to have quick feet and good balance to reach the edge and protect against counters. Mike Adams possesses the type of skills that will be attractive to NFL evaluators ... However, he needs to add some more bulk and strength in order to hold up against the bigger NFL players. His lack of bulk could hinder his ability to anchor and push defenders off the line. The defensive linemen in the NFL have better size and technique than the college players.

Mocking The Draft currently has Adams as the 34th ranked player on their board, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him make a move up if he adds some weight and proves in interviews that he doesn't have any character concerns.

For more on the NFL Draft in general, Mocking the Draft has you covered and for all of your football needs, be sure to visit SB Nation's NFL hub.

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