Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Matthew Adams

Inside LineBacker
School: Houston | Conference: AAC
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0 / 242 | 40: 4.81 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.09
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Two-year starter who tallied 88 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 1.5 sacks as a senior. Led the team with 82 tackles (7.5 for loss) in 2016, adding two sacks and two forced fumbles. Combined for 89 tackles (seven for loss) and four sacks during his first two seasons with the Cougars.
Pos: 
Fluid, smooth linebacker with an explosive style. Swiftly moves in every direction, covers a good amount of area on the field and sells out to make plays. Fires through the gaps to defend the run and sells out on the blitz. Scrapes well laterally and gets outside the numbers in pursuit of the action. Does not bite on ball fakes, stays with assignments and recognizes coverage duties. Makes a lot of plays against the run.
Neg: 
Not a secure tackler. Slow to locate the ball on occasion. Gets out-positioned from the play. Easily knocked from his angle of attack by a single blocker.
Analysis: 
Adams was a productive run defender for Houston who played tough, assignment football. He lacks the desired height for the next level but could be a nice addition as a backup inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.