When the Bucs selected a Defensive End out of Clemson with the 4th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, they hoped they were drafting the new Simeon Rice. Instead, they were drafting the new Keith McCants or Eric Curry. Gaines Adams was a one-dimensional speed rusher, with only one move. He was easily shut out by opposing tackles, and was poor against the run as well. Netting just 13.5 sacks over 3 years his performance never came remotely close to fulfilling his draft status. When the Bucs traded him to the Bears in 2009 everyone was surprised - surprised the Bears would give up a second-rounder in a very deep draft for an underperforming pass rusher. That second-rounder was used to select Arrelious Benn, who looks to be better than Gaines Adams ever was.
Tragically, though, Gaines Adams died during the 2010 offseason from cardiac arrest, caused by an enlarged heart. Gaines Adams was a quality person, a good family man and a dedicated father. It's just a shame that he wasn't a good player.
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10. Rod Jones
8. Gaines Adams
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