https://twitter.com/GavinoBorquez/status/987385989160042496The University of Washington boasted one of the best offensive lines in college football a year ago -- at least on paper.
Returning were a trio of All-Pac-12 candidates in left tackle Trey Adams, right tackle Kaleb McGary and center Nick Harris. McGary, starting his fourth consecutive year at the strongside position, emerged as the most respected blocker in the conference, winning the Morris Trophy in a vote of Pac-12 defensive linemen, drawing raves at the Senior Bowl and Combine and ultimately earning a first round selection by the Atlanta Falcons.
Harris, now entering his fourth season as a starter, emerged as a standout at center after previously earning all-conference honors at guard.
As Dane Brugler pointed out for NFLDraftScout.com previously, Adams was the most accomplished of the group, however.
His tape was outstanding.
Standing at a gargantuan 6-foot-8, 314 pounds (UW's measurements), Adams earned the starting role at the critical left tackle spot as a true freshman and played a key role in the Huskies' ascending to the playoffs (see photo above) a year later, earning All-American honors from some outlets. He suffered a torn ACL in October of 2017, however, and missed most of last year after undergoing back surgery.
Adams, notably, was on the field in the Huskies' Rose Bowl loss to Ohio State. Rather than living up to the dream matchup with the Buckeyes' young superstar edge rusher Chase Young, however, Adams looked understandably rusty.
According to Lauren Kirschman of the Tacoma News Tribune, however, Adams feels that he is back to his former self.
“I feel really good right now,” Adams said. “I had a great offseason. Super excited for this season. Fall camp is almost over so that was a good push. Didn’t miss any reps. Physically, I’m feeling good. Mentally, it’s kind of weird but a cool experience.”
If Adams were to return to form, an already strong offensive line class could become the deepest positional group available in the 2020 NFL draft. There are three legitimate All-American and early round candidates at tackle in the Pac-12, alone in Adams, Oregon's Calvin Throckmorton and Stanford's Walker Little - and that does not include the Ducks' true sophomore left tackle Penei Sewell, who could be special.
I attended practices this summer at the University of Washington and Oregon, confirming with my own eyes that Adams is back on the field and moving well, along with his competitors down in Eugene.
Adams (and Throckmorton) are already among the FIVE offensive tackles among my personal favorite 32 NFL prospects heading into the 2020 season.
Adams, to his credit, isn't putting the cart ahead of the horse.
“I’m not worried about the NFL and that stuff,” Adams told Kirschman. “I’m worried about bringing my energy, my leadership to this team every day. It’s weird, it’s my last season and I want to go out with a bang. First we got to focus on Eastern and focus on getting better every day.”