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How A Mike Adams Failed Drug Test May Help The Atlanta Falcons

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Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Mike Adams runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Mike Adams runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

As I mentioned earlier today, the Falcons could really use some offensive line help. A fortuitous drug test may help them out on that count.

Let's be clear: Mike Adams may not fall all the way to the Falcons' pick, even though he probably will drop a little on draft boards after it was revealed he tested positive for marijuana during the NFL Combine. But after a suspension in college for violating team rules, coming up positive on a drug test and battling injuries, his stock is inevitably not as high as it was a month or two ago.

Adams has classic size if so-so strength, and the ever-elusive footwork that defines terrific left tackles. What he doesn't always do is play up the level scouts he should be able to on the actual field, which is a knock on him. But let's be real here: If he somehow made it to the Falcons' pick, Thomas Dimitroff would ride his bike over rival GMs to get to the podium, character concerns be damned.

That's because most of these concerns are petty. Do I worry that maybe he won't play up to his physical ability? Sure. But do I also think that Pat Hill could squeeze quality play out of a guy who has the size and footwork to play the position? Hell yes, I do. He's not exactly a Vontaze Burfict-style headcase, as far as I can tell.

I think he's got a better chance of sticking at LT than Schwartz, is what I'm saying. Do you agree?