Adams' athletic background is unique among offensive line prospects, having grown up traveling as a highly-ranked tennis player. His father, Carl, wrestled at Iowa State and was the head wrestling coach at Boston University from 1981 until the program disbanded in 2014.
After moving to Charlotte as a sophomore in high school, Adams earned All-Conference three consecutive seasons at Independence (Charlotte) High. He enrolled early at NC State and spent time at center in spring practice before moving to right guard, where he eventually took over the starting job and started nine games as a true freshman.
Adams's 47 starts at right guard are a program record. That includes a two-year run in 2016-17 in which he twice earned Second Team All-ACC honors, led the team in snaps and didn't allow a sack. His starting streak ended in December, missing the Wolfpack's Sun Bowl victory over Arizona State due to injury. Despite his experience and expected mid-round draft grades, Adams was a surprising snub from the NFL Scouting Combine after participating at the East-West Shrine Game.
With good thickness in both his upper and lower body, Adams isn't overly long but has the requisite strong hands and flexible body control, no doubt shaped by years of tennis, to get a jump on defenders in run blocking.
But despite his grades stats in pass protection, Adams' delayed extension and counter measures lead to some off-rhythm snaps. That could be due to a lack of play-to-play concentration.
Overall, Adams is a reliable blocker with an impressive resume, someone who's versatile enough to push for NFL starting reps at either center or guard after he acclimates to the NFL.
--Field Level Media