In a defensive class overshadowed by edge rushers, there stands a good crop of interior defenders as well. Senior linemen Montravius Adams is one of the best at the position and he comes into the draft after enjoying a successful career at Auburn. Entering the program as a 5-star recruit, Adams was still a bit raw, but he improved every season and set himself up to be a high pick in this year’s coming draft.

Name: Montravius Adams
Position: DL
Size: 6’3”/298
School: Auburn
Class: Senior
Comparison: Randy Starks
Draft Grade: Late 1st Round

Positives: Solid height. Good arm length and big paws. A proportioned frame. Ideal height to weight ratio. Strong throughout his body. Very good lower body build with good bulk in his hips, backside, calves and sturdy ankles. Very good speed. Rips up yards quickly on stunts, chasing the QB, and finishing plays downfield in pursuit. Good agility. Can turn his hips and make subtle, quick movements. Explodes through gaps and regularly disrupts the pocket and run plays. Has developed some creativity in his pass-rush including an effective swim move and a developing spin move. Shows strong, quick, active hands and has gotten much better at shedding blocks. Strong at the point of attack and holds up when double-teamed. Plays square and is rarely turned and moved. Very active in run support and will make plays all across the line. Shows disruptive hands in passing lanes and made huge special teams plays. Motor runs hot throughout the game. Showed great stamina as a senior. Puts forth great effort chasing down plays and finishing. Extremely durable with no injuries noted in four seasons. An even playing temperament who doesn’t let emotions get the better of him. Few penalties noted. Good personal character and has a big heart. Described by a professor as a teddy bear. No off-field concerns. A homebody who would rather stay home and watch a movie than go out. Doesn’t use social media and utilizes his time productively. Came into the program extremely raw, adjusted to tough coaching and got better every year.

Negatives: Not a great athlete and has a little rigidity to him. Gets match-up tunnel vision and will let plays go through his gap a little too often. Lunges too much without bringing his knees and feet with him. Doesn’t always do a great job protecting his feet. Spends too much time on the ground. Needs to become more consistently dominant. Did not always play hard earlier in his college career, was warned by coaches every play taken off would be money out of his pocket, some may wonder if the laziness has been eliminated or it will reappear once he and his family are financially taken care of. Doesn’t play with an edge.

Outlook: Montravius Adams is the most talented senior interior defensive line prospect in this draft. Adams does everything well and has the potential to become yet another Auburn interior defender who takes his game to another and have a long NFL career. Although Adams shows come inconsistency his potential is real and he put up some impressive performances against some of the toughest competition in the country and earned the respect and admiration of SEC coaches this past season. Adams compares favorably to Randy Starks who was similarly sized, remarkably durable, disruptive and had an all-around game. Adams best value is in the back half of the first round.

About The Author Jesse Fritsch

Jesse Fritsch is a Wisconsin native who has spent 11 years independently evaluating NFL draft prospects and following the draft process. He happily spends most of his free time researching players and watching games in his man cave while occasionally coming up for air to share.