Former Ohio State OT Mike Adams didn’t help his draft stock on Saturday completing only 19 reps in the 225 pound bench press. Adams, projected to be a top 25 pick in the April draft, saw 39 offensive linemen do better in the bench press. Adams’ 19 was better than only 5 linemen lifting at the combine.
Another former Buckeye, center Mike Brewster pushed up 29 reps, and Matt Kalil, the consensus top tackle in the draft lifted 30. Michigan’s David Molk easily ‘won’ the bench press with 41 reps.
The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said of Adams’ 19 reps-
“That’s not acceptable for that position, not even close.”
The issue isn’t necessarily just brute strength, it could be indicative of a poor work ethic, something no lineman wants to be branded with, especially going into the draft. Adams will probably have to have a much better showing at his pro day if he wants to be selected in the top 20-25.