TONY ADAMS

N.C. State
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Prospect Info

College
N.C. State
Hometown
Class
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Senior
Height
Weight
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6' 2"
322 lbs
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Prospect Grade

5.69
Chance to Become NFL Starter
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NFL scouts always appreciate an offensive lineman prospect with wrestling experience, as that sport teaches participants how to use their hands and feet in concert. Adams' father was the head wrestling coach at Boston College for over three decades, and it's clear that knowledge funneled down to his son. Adams was rated as a top-10 center prospect coming out of Charlotte, and his short, thick build portends a home there in the NFL. He played some in the pivot as a true freshman, but found a home as a starter at right guard nine times that year. His willingness to graduate a semester early undoubtedly helped him win the team’s Freshman of the Year award. Adams started every game at right guard again in 2015 and then earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play there in 2016. League coaches repeated that honor for Adams after he started all 13 games in 2017. His work in the community has earned him Wuerffel Trophy consideration during his career.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
Josh Sitton
Overview
Three-year starter who lacks length, but carries a powerful, compact frame. Adams plays with plus balance and body control and it's rare to see him fall off of blocks. As a youth tennis player until the age of 15, Adams has developed above average footwork for a big and has the play traits to fit into any run scheme. His lack of length will concern some teams, but he's talented enough to become a solid NFL starter fairly early in his career.
Strengths
  • Carries burly lower half and good overall girth
  • Leader of a well-schooled offensive line
  • Good initial quickness
  • Fluid skip-pull gets him down the line and looking for his target
  • Consistent finding his block and makes adjustment to find work if needed
  • Athletic fit for Wolfpack's outside zone
  • First contact is always balanced
  • Plus body control
  • Able to connect and swing his hips into position to seal on outside zone
  • Scheme diverse fitting zone, gap or power blocking schemes
  • Initial hand placement is very good
  • Pass sets are balanced with punch-read hands
  • Punch is quick and sharp
  • Adequate mirror with ability to redirect against counters
  • Penalized just twice over last two seasons
  • Has worked at center
Weaknesses
  • Not as tall and long as you want at guard
  • Needs a consistently timed punch
  • Gives ground to bull-rushers who beat him with early punch
  • Just average in lateral recovery in pass pro
  • Needs cautious approach in passing initial twist to maintain proper positioning for incoming rushers
  • Long-levered rushers can gain access to his edge
  • Can improve hand usage
  • Finishing will improve if he learns to re-leverage hands after initial contact

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league