Summer Scouting: Washington OT Trey Adams

Chris Ross
Contributor to NFL Draft Lounge, part of the ISN Sports Network. Chris has been covering the NFL Draft since 2014 and is always down to talk sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @ChrisRossJr

Football season is over, and with no games to speak of, this is generally the time of year in which the sport takes a backseat to first the NBA playoffs, then MLB baseball. Obviously, this slow period for the sport means there is nothing to talk about as it relates to the NFL Draft, right? Wrong! Although only a fool would think we can make 100% accurate scouting reports about players months before the season begins, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. So, without further ado, here is the second installment in a little series I like to call “Summer Scouting”; with our next player: Washington OT Trey Adams

P.S.: Yeah, I know it’s not technically Summer, leave me alone.

The Good

As a run-blocker, Adams has the power and aggressiveness that you like in a tackle. His hand placement seems to be generally solid and he packs a powerful first punch when he needs to. When you throw in what appears to be NFL-level size, you can see the makings of a professional tackle here.

The Not-So-Good

The one thing that drives me crazy when watching Adams is how often he ends up on the ground. Whether it’s him getting knocked back defenders or just simply losing his balance, Adams is simply on the ground too much. Another major problem is Adams’ lateral mobility or lack thereof. When moving side-to-side, Adams appears as though he has cinder blocks attached to his feet while simultaneously trying to navigate through quicksand.

The Bottom Line

The more I watch Adams play, the less I seem to like his game. I think there is still enough talent here to be an NFL player, but I need to see some major improvements this coming season to consider Adams one of the top tackles in the 2020 class. There is certainly upside to be seen with Adams but until his balance issues are corrected and he is able to improve his agility, I think he will struggle to separate himself as a prospect.

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