2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Trey Adams
Ht: 6'8" Wt: 327
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Evaluated by: Austin Smith
After watching Adams as a sophomore, I wasn't convinced he could budge a blocking sled on a muddy day. As tall as he was, he had a finesse about him that reminded me of Matt Kalil which drew some red flags. Still, as his junior year went on I started to see him play lower and the power showed up. He could have been more consistent, but it seemed like he was starting to figure that this is first and foremost, a game of leverage. That is what makes his season-ending knee injury so disappointing. He was beginning to turn his first-round potential into production when tragedy struck, and now his draft stock will rely more on a team assuming that he can continue to progress as opposed to seeing it. It sounds like he will return as a senior, but with plenty of debate over who the top offensive tackle in the 2018 class is, the temptation could be too much to pass on.
Adams has terrific size for the position and above-average athleticism. His feet are light and quick, and while he doesn't always play with good body-control, he does appear comfortable working in open space. As I mentioned, he played with more power as a junior prior to the injury, and the catalyst behind this is his leverage. He is playing lower more often, and while he may never be a road-grader, he is getting a better push off the line of scrimmage. Where Adams has to carry this progress over is getting to the second level. He tends to get too high and end up lunging. He has to stay low in order to add power to his punch which will make him that much more of an effective player on the move.
In pass protection, he usually gets into position with ease, but that brings me to some of the major issues with his game. Even if he had stayed healthy as a junior, I would have recommended Adams return to school. As I watched his film, I kept asking myself if he was really as tall as he is listed. You look at his teammates around him, and it is obvious he is one of the tallest players on the field. Still, opponents are constantly getting their hands on him first. It made me think his arms may not be as long as his size would suggest but ultimately, I think he just isn't that good at shooting them into the defender. He isn't accurate with his punch nor is he patient with it sometimes. When he does show restraint, it opens the door for the pass rusher to get ahold of him and his hands don't seem fast enough to return the favor. Hand placement is extremely important, and I just don't see a guy that understands that yet. Most NFL tackles are dominant when they get their hands on a defender, and Adams has to develop his technique in order to get to that point. Another year in college would help there.
I also still have my doubts about him being too finesse. He may be playing stronger but he has to continue to do so, and his attitude needs to reflect it. I want to see a nasty side to a player that is listed at over 6'7. Orlando Brown of Oklahoma is one of the biggest guys in the country as well, and he acts like it with his bullying nature. Success isn't easy in the NFL, but it is much more difficult when the guy across from you is playing with confidence. The intimidation factor helps combat that confidence. Also, I would like to see him play with better awareness. This isn't always evident when watching Adams, but there are times when he misses blocks because he doesn't locate who he is responsible for quick enough. Whether he is chipping and moving to the second level or protecting against the blitz, he has to do a better job pre-snap and initially after of locating his target and attacking them.
Reports indicate a player that plans to return, but as I said, the temptation isn't easy to resist. I also don't believe any offensive tackle in this class has separated himself as the top prospect which could make declaring all the more enticing. While he may not be a vocal leader, he leads by example which was evident by the way the offense has played since he has been out. He has a presence on that unit that is invaluable, and scouts will take notice of it. That and the progress that he was showing as a junior should keep Adams in consideration for a first-round pick. I would also not discount the fact that he may be the most natural left tackle among the top prospects including Brown, Texas' Connor Williams, and Mike McGlinchey.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Matt Kalil (Carolina Panthers)
- Elite size
- Athleticism allows him to play on the left side
- Best football is still ahead of him
- Dedicated to getting better
- A bit too finesse
- Still more raw with his technique
- Awareness should be better for someone with 30 collegiate starts
|Scouting Video Courtesy of Draft Breakdown|
1)   UW left tackle Trey Adams planning to return for his senior season   - The Seattle Times |
2)   Washington loses Trey Adams, Jordan Miller for season   - ESPN.com |
3)   Trey Adams, UW's mountain of a left tackle, got bigger. Now he wants to get better.
- Seattle Times |