Most people expect the Ravens to target a guard or center in the first round of April’s Draft, but that could change if Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams is still on the board.
Considered by most draft pundits as the fourth best tackle in the draft, Adams (6-7, 323 pounds) is probably a long shot to fall to the Ravens at pick No. 29. However, questions about his maturity and several off-the-field issues could hurt his draft status.
Adams, who was involved with the tattoo scandal at Ohio State, was suspended for the first five games of 2011 for receiving improper benefits. He also was suspended for first two games of 2009 for violating team rules and was cited in January 2009 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and running a stop sign. The drug paraphernalia charge was ultimately dropped.
“I had some bumps in the road earlier in my career, but I think that I used those things to build my character rather than to bring it down,” Adams said. “I think that my character is something that my teammates and coaches at Ohio State would vouch for. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not a bad guy. I’ve definitely made some mistakes, but I’ve definitely learned from them.”
Three of the Ravens' top six linemen from this past season - Matt Birk, Ben Grubbs and Andre Gurode - are all free agents. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie will be 33 years old in September and he has only one season remaining on his contract.