For years, Montravius Adams told his mother, Debbie Young, that he would make it to the NFL.
After a successful senior season at Auburn, Adams is closing in on fulfilling his promise. But Adams and his mother haven’t talked much about that vow. Instead, the two have been reflecting on the defensive lineman’s time on the Plains since his season ended in early January.
“Really, it’s just a pleasure and a blessing to be able to do everything that I’ve done so far,” Adams told SEC Country’s Andrew Astleford on Monday. “I’m just thankful for everything. It means a lot.”
Adams has asked his mom how she’s feeling about everything. Her mind isn’t on the NFL draft just yet. For now, she’s overflowing with pride about what her son’s already achieved.
“It’s not even about the football stuff,” Adams said. “Just going to school and graduating and getting a degree. So really, she’s a proud mother.”
Adams will have another chance to make his mother proud when he plays in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this weekend. It will also be another opportunity to play alongside teammate Rudy Ford. His defensive line partner Carl Lawson won’t be there.
“I would have liked to (have had Carl in Mobile) just because we always got better together just competing,” Adams said. “It means a lot when we’re together to compete against each other. It brings the best out of both of us.”
Still, Adams’ mindset about the game matches his feelings about his next steps. He’s ready to do whatever’s necessary to succeed as a pro. He’s training and undergoing the interrogation process most draftees go through.
Eventually Adams will have to pick a suit and figure out which position NFL teams want him to play. Whether it’s defensive end or defensive tackle, he’ll be ready.
“Whichever one gets me to the top,” Adams said.