Photo of Keion Adams
Drafted By: Steelers
Grade
5.31 ?

Draft Analysis:

Adams could be a surprise 7th-rounder to survive the Steelers final cuts thanks in part to his fit as a 34 rush linebacker, a priority position for Pittsburgh. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'2" Height
  • 245LBS. Weight

Overview

The three-sport high school athlete in North Carolina came to WMU ready to go; he started five games as a true freshman, making 23 tackles, 2.5 for loss and a sack. Adams' production held steady as a sophomore (three starts, 2.5 TFL, 0.5 sack), but he came alive as a junior (41 tackles, 10 for loss, 5.5 sacks). He earned second-team All-MAC accolades -- and real interest from NFL scouts -- in his senior year, leading the 13-1 Broncos with 18 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Analysis

Strengths

Basketball background is evident in his play. Feet are light and bounding. Rarely false steps out of his stance and into his rush. Always works to an edge against blockers. Makes it extremely difficult for tackles to mirror him. Rarely allows a square punch into his chest. Has loose hips to flip around the edge like a basketball defender working over a screen. Has the fluidity and flexibility for tight cornering as pass rusher. Inside counter spin is a dangerous weapon he can feature more. Features big closing burst to the ball as a rusher and in pursuit of ball carriers. Has quickness out of stance to shoot gaps and stink up the backfield. Diagnoses wide flowing runs quickly and climbs over the top of tight ends racing ahead to maintain contain on the edge.

Weaknesses

Lacks ideal size and length on the edge. Can be engulfed by size and driven off his position. Will need to fight back against wash down blocks on the move. Lacks consistent hand usage at point of attack and as a rusher. Needs to learn to become better hand fighter at the top of his rush. Missing a go-to counter move. Will have to improve punch-and-shuck technique when taking on blocks. Willingness to work around blocks on the edge could create wider running lanes for NFL running games. Scouts have some concerns over character red flags.

Draft Projection

Rounds 5-6

NFL Comparison

Arthur Moats

Bottom Line

Adams is an elusive pass rusher who wins with athleticism and foot quickness, but who may lack the size and length to be considered an every-down edge player in a 3-4 front. Adams has pursuit quickness around the field and can be very disruptive when allowed to shoot gaps against the run, but he will have to prove he can set a strong edge and hold his ground at the point of attack if he wants to become anything more than a situational rusher.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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