NEW YORK -- Defensive end Gaines Adams is a Tampa Bay
Buccaneer after being taken with the fourth overall pick in today's
Adams put up outstanding numbers his final two years at Clemson,
including 56 tackles, 15 for loss, and nine and a-half sacks in
2005. He improved on that last season, finishing with 62 tackles,
17 and a-half for loss and 12 and a-half sacks. Adams was named the
A-C-C Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous first team
All-America in 2006, when he was also a Nagurski finalists as the
nation's top defensive player.
Adams is a tremendous athlete at nearly six-five and 258 pounds.
He batted down 19 passes over his final three seasons, nine as a
junior. Adams can be a dominant force on pass plays, displaying a
great first step and closing speed. He uses his hands well,
allowing him to shed blocks and make room inside.
Adams needs to add pounds and read blocking schemes faster to
become a better run-stopper.