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Amobi Okoye, Louisville
"Amobi Okoye." That'll be a fun name for announcers to pronounce this year, as the defensive tackle from Louisville is bound to make an impact. Okoye is strong enough to play the position, often able to get a good push to...[More]
Chris Pokorny provides the most comprehensive, personable outlook regarding the 2007 draft.

DE | ClemsonGaines Adams
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 258 | 40 Time: 4.64
-Positives: Versatility is the key when it comes to Gaines Adams, who can fill all of the ideal roles as a pass-rushing defensive end. Adams has a tremendous burst at the snap of the ball and has long arms to get around the tackles. He has shown the ability to drop back into coverage well to go along with his tendencies of getting to the quarterback. If he is drafted by a team with a 3-4 defense, he can be shifted to outside linebacker in certain packages. Adams is bound to cause disruption for an opposing team, and is ready to step right in to a starting role.

Negatives: Adams has the frame to get bigger, but still needs to add some weight. Although he's a great pass rusher, he needs to work on his ability to defend the run. Because his game usually stems from the vision of getting to the quarterback, he may have troubles breaking away from offensive linemen when he's trying to bring down a running back, forcing him to be one-dimensional. Sometimes, his willpower to get to the quarterback will ultimately cost him to bite on plays involving fakes.

Notes: Adams considered entering the NFL draft as a junior, but was convinced to stay for another year. Adams could be the nation's best pass rusher in the draft, and he could make the type of impact that Kamerion Wimbley did for the Cleveland Browns last season. Adams won't be taken as high as Mario Williams was last season, but he's the type of player that could surprisingly sneak up into the top five picks. The only thing preventing them from happening is the fact that most of those teams are searching for an offensive difference maker.

Last updated Apr. 7, 2007 at 5:26 PM


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