Former Auburn defensive lineman Montravius Adams headed south to Mobile, Ala., last week as a borderline first- or second-round NFL Draft prospect.
His performances in Senior Bowl practices and the game itself might have cemented his status as someone who will get his name called by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the first night of the draft.
Adams recorded six tackles — including one for loss — and a fumble recovery for the victorious South team on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. According to Pro Football Focus, Adams had the highest run defense grade among any interior defensive lineman for the South roster.
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Auburn's Montravius Adams recovers a fumble during Senior Bowl https://t.co/8y3u8z1dUP
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He picked up rave reviews during the game, which followed the theme of his strong week at the annual NFL Draft showcase.
“Adams looked like a man amongst boys (at practice),” Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst wrote. “He was unstoppable and ran over anyone who tried to block him. … Adams proved one thing during three days of Senior Bowl practice — when he wants to play, he’s unstoppable. He offers the size, growth potential and power to be a dominant force on Sunday.”
According to JP Finlay of CSN Mid Atlantic, Adams met with Washington during Senior Bowl week. Washington has the No. 17 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
Adams is in a stacked defensive line class in this NFL Draft, and several of the top seniors at the position were his teammates in Mobile. But that didn’t stop him from standing out.
“Auburn’s Montravius Adams separated himself on the defensive line,” Dan Kadar of SB Nation wrote. “That’s saying something on a South roster that also includes UCLA’s Eddie Vanderdoes, Alabama’s Dalvin Tomlinson, and Clemson’s Carlos Watkins. Adams’ first step quickness stood out compared to his teammates, and that could help him land in the top 50 of the draft.”
Adams’ rising draft stock mainly comes down to two key attributes — his athleticism and his versatility for an NFL defense.
A freak athlete from his days in high school, Adams possesses a speed that most interior defenders don’t have at the next level.
“You don’t see many people with that size with those type of movement skills,” Mike Mayock of NFL.com wrote after the first day of practices. “He’s got superior short-area quickness and comes off the ball both in the run and the pass game. In the one-on-one drills, nobody could block him on Day 1.”
Adams primarily played defensive tackle at Auburn, but his athleticism allowed him to play on the edge in certain packages. NFL teams that run a 4-3 system could utilize him at his natural tackle position, while 3-4 defenses could line him up at defensive end.
Scouts and draft analysts’ biggest knock on Adams, though, is his consistency. He showed flashes of excellence during his first three seasons at Auburn but didn’t put it all together until his strong senior season.
While some question his motor, his skill set looks like it will be enough to get him into the first round of the draft.
Think there are questions about motor but I love his tools. Round 1 all the way. https://t.co/Z1DndrACLw
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 29, 2017
“He has the scheme versatility to have a long career in the NFL, if he wants to play,” Levine wrote. “Adams must do a better job using his hands to develop more techniques to disengage from blockers and beyond anything else, must overcome that ‘if he wants to play’ tag.”