We’ve approached the final days before the draft, but that doesn’t mean that we are out of prospects to look at.
Offensive linemen are likely to be a big part of Tampa Bay’s draft plan(s), so why not give you guys and gals this one last opportunity to check off another box?
Trey Adams’ Collegiate Career
Adams came to Washington as an USA Today All-State offensive lineman. Per 247Sports Composite rankings, he was considered a four-star prospect and the sixth-best offensive lineman in the state of Washington. His career started in 2015.
Adams appeared in 10 of 13 games, starting nine, during his true freshman year. He was the first true freshman to start at left tackle since the 2012 season.
2016 saw Adams start all 14 game at left tackle. He earned a spot on the first-team All-Pac-12 and second-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America.
The hope was that he could continue the momentum through his junior season in 2017, but Adams’ time was cut short after the seventh game of the season. An ACL tear during the seventh game of the season forced him to the bench early. Things didn’t get much better the next year. Adams had to have surgery on a bulging disk before his senior year that caused him to miss the first 10 games of the 2018 season, but he was able to return and played in the last four games of the season.
He left the injuries behind and was able to play in every game during his redshirt senior season in 2019. He started all 14 games at left tackle and once again earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
Adams was viewed by many as one of the more athletic, up-and-coming tackles before the injuries. He has the size at 6-foot-8, 318-pounds, the length (34-3/8” arms), and agility to make it at the next level.
He’s an efficient puller and he is patient with his blocks. He knows how to take away angles from his defenders and knows how to play with length. Defenders will have a really hard time trying to get around him during run plays due to his hands and length.
The football IQ is most certainly there and so is the toughness and work ethic. If Adams can show that he is fully recovered from his injuries, he could be a steal.
Speed to power is going to give him issues. The elite, long-armed defenders will work their way around Adams unless he gets better in multiple areas.
Chase Young vs. Trey Adams...have seen Young win with power, but he also does a good job keeping blockers off of him to win with speed around the corner.— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) May 14, 2019
Impressive, rounded skill set for an underclassman pic.twitter.com/Lp3ig3YHcw
His balance is probably the root cause of this, but balance is going to be an issue with guys his size.
He’s tight through the hips and not overly-nimble. The core strength isn’t really there, either, but that can always be developed. The lateral agility isn’t really there, either.
And of course, theres’ the injury history. Knee and back problems aren’t ideal for big guys, so it’s understandable if teams have concerns about his long-term durability.
Why The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need Trey Adams
We’ve covered this all offseason: The Bucs need offensive linemen.
Adams could provide depth during his first few years while he gets stronger and continues to recover from his injuries. The Bucs do have Joe Haeg as a potential swing tackle, but they will need someone to provide depth in case he becomes the starter.
Tampa Bay will likely be able to get him in the later rounds as well, which would obviously lessen the risk and bring down the investment level involved with picking a guy with a history like Adams’.
Should It Happen?
We all know the Bucs need offensive linemen, but do they need this offensive lineman? Let us know via the poll/comments below!!
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