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Adams fits the culture that Ballard is building."
/>Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Filed under:NFL GeneralColts AnalysisInterviewsColts Prospect Interviews: Missouri OT Paul AdamsNew Pat McAfee Color Rush Jersey ,3commentsAdams fits the culture that Ballard is building.EDTShareTweetShareShareColts Prospect Interviews: Missouri OT Paul AdamsJay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts prospect interviews are rolling along as we approach the NFL Draft. Today’s player interview is Missouri Offensive Tackle Paul Adams. The Colts need more depth along the offensive line and Adams could even prove to be a long-term developmental option at tackle.The interview will be towards the bottom of the page. We talked about blocking for a quarterback like Drew Lock, all of Adams’ awards from coaches and players, and how he fits this Colts team.BackgroundSize:6’5” 317 poundsMeasurables: 40 Time: 5.16 / 10-yard split: 1.83 / Bench Press: 16 Reps / Vertical Jump: 27 inches / Broad Jump: 103 inches / 3-Cone: 7.68 secondsFit with the Colts:Adams is huge offensive lineman that tested decently at the combine. He is a solid pass protector who performed well in the SEC over the past few seasons. For the Colts, he would likely be a later-round developmental guy who can provide solid depth along the line. He fits the mold, in terms of character and mentality, that the Colts like along their offensive line. Adams may not be a finished product right now, but give him a year or two behind Anthony Castonzo and Braden Smith while working with Chris Strausser and Howard Mudd, and Adams could develop into a solid tackle in the NFL.Film RoomAdams has solid feet in pass protection and has long arms that he uses to control blocks. He also performed well in the tough SEC conference. As Erik mentions in the tweets below, though, he could stand to bulk up a little bit.Adams flips his hips well in run blocking. Again, he’s not the most physically dominant player, but he understands how to create space for runners.Adams brings the mentality to drive players out of the hole. He has a good mindset and good feet, he just needs to develop a bit and add some strength. InterviewZH: You were given the Team’s Don Faurot Most Inspirational Award in 2018. What exactly is that award and how did it feel to receive it?PA: The definition is kind of someone who is trustworthy on and off the field. It’s a prestigious award, a very cool award to receive, and I’m honored to have received it from all of my coaches who voted me for it. It is just for someone who is recognized as being responsible and trustworthy on and off the field.ZH: You were also a two time Team Captain for Missouri. What did it mean to be a Captain for your team?PA: It’s huge, obviously. Just getting that trust from your peers, who voted, so obviously the fact that they wanted me to represent them on Saturdays all throughout the season, kind of being their voice, I thought was very cool. Even a little bit my Redshirt Sophomore year, I got to see a little bit as a Captain and that is kind of awesome to be kind of a youngster stepping up into that role to try and lead the way. The past two years have been really cool just trying to show what it means to be someone who really cares about the program, and someone who is always trying to do the right thing and teach these other guys what it means to be an SEC football player.ZH: Shifting the focus a bit to one of your teammates, quarterback Drew Lock. What was it like playing with a guy like that in your career?PA: When I first started getting snaps my Redshirt Freshman year, he was in at quarterback, so I’ve been able to block for him for four years now and watch him mold into the man he is today has been really fun. I’ve been really good friends with him since then and everything that has been shown is kind of who he is. He also has so much talent and I think whatever team picks him up is going to get a face of a team that is just ready to lead. Even at a young age, even as a rookie, he’s ready to lead. I think he is just one of those guys that is just a true competitor and an all around guy who wants to get better. Obviously, the last couple years, he was for sure going to be our starter but he knew there was so much better for him and he wanted so much more so obviously he was just internally competing with himself trying to be the best that he can be.ZH: You received an invite to the Shrine Game this offseason. How was that experience for you?PA: It was a lot of fun. It was awesome to get that learning from some of the coaches that are in the NFL. I was just learning the game and trying to pick their brains and some NFL legends that were there, like Mark Brunell, were there too, and it was really just a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of cool people in the process, like some guys who I’ll hopefully be able to play with in these next couple years. The whole experience though was just a lot of fun, I learned so much about myself in that process and tried to take from other people’s bag of tricks and try to implement them to my game. Just an overall great experience, and it was only a week long and it felt forever, but it didn’t last forever and we had a fun time. We also came out on top you know, we won that game so it was nice to end my college career on a win.ZH: Going to your game now, you played in the SEC the last few seasons. Do you think the talent on defense that you had to face each week has prepared you for the NFL?PA: Oh, 100%. There was a couple guys we played against this past season that are going to be some of the first names being called off the list, in Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen. Those two guys come to mind right away and I had to go against them. It’s guys like that who make you know, will beat you a couple times, and that’s alright because they are really good players. Sometimes you know it is bad because they’ll get you a couple times, and you are just like “Dang, alright” but you have to respect them as really good players. You are a really good player too, and you can beat them as well. I think this year, though, was pretty eye-opening for me, because I think it was one of the better years I had, competition-wise. ZH: Going off of that , you mentioned Quinnen Williams and Josh Allen but who was the absolute toughest guy you had to face in your time in college?PA: Personally it would either be Josh Allen or, in practice, I had Markus Golden and Shane Ray my Freshman year. Those two were a handful and they definitely made me better. There were some times where it hurt the confidence a little, because they would embarrass you and you go “Okay, well I’ve never seen that before but I guess I’ll try to block it since I’m on scout team”, but this past year it had to be Josh Allen. Just his quickness as well as strength, he does a really good job of implementing things into his game. He has a lot of tricks in the bag, so kudos to him.ZH: This next question is testing you a little bit: There are many different types of rushers in the NFL from speed rushers to powerful bull rushers. How do you prepare differently for two vastly different styles coming at you?PA: For speed and bendy guys, it is really just counting the steps. It is a lot of film study to know when exactly he is going to make that dip and rip, or when he is going to come back inside if you over-set, so I would say, for a speedster, it really is just being comfortable knowing that you feel out of place but as long as you are between him and the quarterback you are good. Just a lot of film work on them though.For more power rushers, just knowing you can be more sturdy inside. There aren’t going to be too many chances of him going all the way outside and trying to beat you on the edge. Just gotta play feet in and get ready for that bull rush.ZH: Last few questions are going to be more Colts-related. First one is that the Colts are pretty set right now on the line with five starters. How would you feel initially coming in as more of a reserve or backup role in the league?PA: I’d be pretty comfortable. Obviously it is a whole different ball game when you go to the next level. The speed and just the play of the game is so much more advanced than what it is in college, so just learning from guys like Braden Smith, Quenton Nelson, Evan Boehm— who I played with for two years— you just gotta eat up as much as you can. Those are guys who have done it before so they obviously know what they are talking about. They have also earned the respect from coaches and their peers to be a starter in the NFL and that speaks well into their character and they deserve a lot of praise for that. So wherever I do end up, I do probably see myself being a backup for a year or two until I can prove myself. I’m just going to eat up as much as possible and keep on working. ZH: Last question for you. You kind of mentioned these guys already but the Colts have established a mentality on their offensive line. They put players in the dirt and finish blocks. Guys like Quenton Nelson, Braden Smith, Evan Boehm, Ryan Kelly and so on all continue that mentality. Is that something that you would be able to contribute to if you end up with the Colts?PA: Oh for sure. I think my freshman year when I first came to Missouri, I wasn’t really that guy. Probably my first two years even I was probably more of a finesse guy. I learned from guys like Evan Boehm. I got to watch him play for two straight years and 26 straight games for him and I just got to sit there and watch him play, and he got a lot of high praise on his way to becoming a fourth-round draft pick. Watching guys like him and Mitch Morse and Connor McGovern and the pure nastiness they played with, and it obviously helped out my game so much, and I really think it’s a bigger part of my game now. Over the past couple of days, we have taken a look at parts one and two of Andrew Luck’s sit down with Brian Baldinger and Ron Jaworski for the NFL’s Game Pass Film Room Session. If you missed the..." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteStampede Bluean Indianapolis Colts communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsColtsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Colts StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Colts NewsYahoo Colts Team PageYahoo Colts ReportYahoo Colts Depth ChartYahoo Colts TransactionsYahoo Colts PhotosShop About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Breaking down Andrew Luck’s Game Pass Film Room Session. Part: 3 pass protection and T.Y. HiltonNew,12commentsEDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking down Andrew Luck’s Game Pass Film Room Session. Part: 3 pass protection and T.Y. HiltonPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesOver the past couple of days, we have taken a look at parts one and two of Andrew Luck’s sit down with Brian Baldinger and Ron Jaworski for the NFL’s Game Pass Film Room Session. If you missed the first two, I suggest you go back and take a look at those before moving on to part three. Also, if you have questions about this program, or why I’m writing all of this information when you could just pay for Game Pass and watch the video, well, that’s answered in part one. For everyone else, let’s jump into the next chapter of this video and look at what Andrew Luck has to say about his pass protection from a year ago.Baldinger: “It seemed like with Frank and Nick (Sirianni) this year, Andrew, that protection was like, the first most important thing. A lot of max protection, a lot of play action.” Luck: “Yeah, no, protection was the focus of every week, the start of every week was our protection meeting.”Baldinger: “Andrew there was a period this year of over five games that you didn’t, you could have played the game in these shorts. In these Bermuda shorts and flip-flops.”Luck: “Well the guys did a great job up front this year and we all improved as a team and as a unit.”Baldinger: “Now, with those games this year, without getting sacked, it coincided with that unbelievable win streak ya had, dig yourself out of that hole.”Luck: “The defensive and offensive line, they’re an engine for a team. That’s where things begin. You know, football still is a simple game and it starts with blocking and tackling, in my mind Adam Vinatieri Jersey , and then, as a quarterback, taking care of the ball. You know, you keep it that way. So I’m proud of how well the guys did up front, they’re a great group to play with and you know, certainly we set a standard and now, we’ve gotta improve, ya gotta improve and ya gotta improve.”Jaworski: “Here’s what I love, you go max pro here, eight man protection, two receiver route, off play action, hard sell, safety bites, you’re smiling right now, aren’t you?”Luck: “We caught the right coverage at the right time and sometimes it works out like that, and that’s Frank, he’s a great play caller, he has a great sense for what’s appropriate at the time, and T.Y.’s got a little option here to sit down and he sees the middle of the field’s open so he takes it.”Luck: “The focus this year was a firm middle of the pocket. You know, a firm middle, and when you’ve got Quenton Nelson and a Ryan Kelly and a Glowinski, they’re all tough, nasty SOB’s, so uh, they did a heck of a job in the middle of the pocket, creating that space.”Baldinger: “Max protection so prevalent in some of your deep shots this year.”Luck: “...absoutely.”Baldinger: “Max protection, play action to T.Y., week 14, Houston. Let’s just stop it at the top of his drop.”Baldinger: “You’ve gotta be really comfortable in that cradle you have in there.”Luck: “Yeah, no, the guys did a heck of a job.” I do want to note, Luck almost seemed bored when giving this answer. It amused me.Baldinger: “You can feel that end coming?”Luck: “Yeah, and it’s the quarterback’s job to, one, not get too deep and two, step up.”Jaworski: “This is a clean pocket and I know in my mind as an old quarterback when you can plan, step and throw, you’re feelin’ it.”Luck: “Absolutely. It’s a pretty sight for a quarterback. Maybe an old quarterback, young at heart, Jaws.”Jaworski: “Young at heart, absolutely.”Laughs were had. On to T.Y. Hilton. Baldinger: “You guys came in together, Andrew, I mean it’s interesting because he’s been your number one guy, it just seems like T.Y. has been that guy that when you need that play.Luck: “Essentially it’s a one on one between T.Y. and Kareem Jackson. T.Y. does a really subtly, I mean he’s pushing the guy in, but doesn’t lose leverage, somehow keeps leverage on that outside shoulder, gets him to open up enough Marvin Harrison Color Rush Jersey , sticks a foot in the ground.”Baldinger: “You can scheme him open, he knows how to win man coverage. You know this play here, Andrew, another max protection, play action, to T.Y..”Luck: “A little bit of a double move by T.Y. and essentially it’s a one on one.”Baldinger: “You got mirror routes here, too.”Luck: “We do, again, somewhat of a max protection, what’s important here too, is the running back, Jordan Wilkins gettin’ out to the flat and creating just enough of a conflict for number fifty-three. T.Y., a little post-corner and a great job coming flat out of it. He’s always been great at these maneuver routes.” Baldinger: “Just a little high-low concept.”Luck: “Honestly, as you guys know, most of the concepts really are simple. The simple things seem to work, it’s just executing them, guys being in the right spot and by and large our guys did a heck of a job, then.”Jaworski: “Don’t say that by the way, we want the audience to think this is a really hard business.”More laughter, Jaws, what-a-guy.What happened next was probably my favorite part of the episode. As they’re saying their good-bye’s, thanking each other for being there and for having them. Andrew Luck showed a little of his personality some may say his controlling side (a trait that most great quarterbacks reportedly share, for obvious reasons). As they’re finishing up, Andrew glances at Jaworski’s notes a couple times.Luck: “What about, what else do you have here?”Jaworski: “I’ve got, you love the tight ends, your redzone, teams don’t blitz you much, you’re way down here with Brady, Manning and Nick as fewest blitzes, great in the fourth quarter, great versus the blitz... wait, wait, I’m lookin’ for a negative here! You’re not as good on the road as you are at home.”Luck: “Lemme see that!”Jaworski: “He’s stealin’ my notes!”Luck laughs along at first. Brian Baldinger, is talking about beating Houston twice in Houston and how loud it was, Luck agrees it was loud, but the way the expression on Luck’s face changes as he reads how he was worse on the road than at home is what makes this entire Film Room Session amazing for me. Luck: “Ah, that’s good to know, improvement.” Jaworski: “Hey, I gotta find somethin’!”All in all, this is a really fun watch for anyone who enjoys the Colts or the game of football. If you have a chance to give the video a watch, I suggest you do! There’s a lot the video conveys that I can’t put into written word, like all of the highlights from the original broadcast presentations of those games. I realize there may have been some things in here that went over the heads of most fans, and that’s alright. Just know the offense is simple, yet effective, and the future looks bright. One thing we can all agree on is that football can’t get here soon enough!

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