Adam Gotsis, DL
School: Georgia Tech | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 23
Height / Weight: 6-4 / 296 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 4th or 5th Round
NFL Comparison: Brett Keisel
Adam Gotsis was on pace for a career year statistically before he tore his ACL in November in Virginia. Gotsis is highly regarded because of his ability to play the run and rush the passer. He was used in the middle of Georgia Tech's 4-3 formations despite not being the prototypical size for a 1 and 3 tech. In the 3-4 formation Georgia Tech ran Gotsis also played the 5-tech. Gotsis plays with good speed and power. He can drive offensive lineman backward and collapse the pocket. Gotsis who is originally from Australia moved to join Georgia Tech in 2012. He is still a bit raw from playing Australian football for most of his life but coaches will like his effort, motor, nastiness, and versatility. Rechecks on the ACL will be a big part of determining his draft position.
- Great size and athleticism for a DL with room to add more weight to his frame. He's quite lean, hardly any fat. Great length, arms are over 34 inches.
- Strong uses his arms and legs to drive and move opponents.
- Plays with a solid base he is stout and hard to move from his spot. He also commands double teams.
- Finishes with purpose his hits have pop.
- Needs to go a better job wrapping up when tackling.
- The ACL happened in November he is still rehabbing it and will have to go through rechecks. There is a possibility he won't be ready for training camp.
- Needs to develop better moves to disengage and use his quickness more.
Let's see his work:
@MikeDetillier "sleeper" DT for #NFLDraft2016 Georgia Tech Adam Gotsis.@FootballDealers— Marc Lillibridge (@NFLBridge) April 15, 2016
Todd McShay has the #Steelers selecting CB William Jackson III, S Darian Thompson and DL Adam Gotsis in the top 3 rounds of his mock draft.— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) April 12, 2016
Adam Gotsis, DT, #GATech— Real Football (@realfootballtv) April 12, 2016
Prior to knee injury, Gotsis registered 12.5 Sacks, 27.5 TFL
The big Aussie @gotsis96 showing off lateral quickness to slip the block, a tasty arm over swim move & closing burst https://t.co/TmPB5IJIIG— Laurie Horesh (@LaurieHoresh) April 10, 2016
Really enjoying watching Adam Gotsis destroy people. UNC game was very good for him— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 8, 2016
GT DL Adam Gotsis might fall a bit b/c of knee injury but he should be a mid-round steal. Scheme versatile w/ length, strength + motor.— Todd McShay (@McShay13) March 30, 2016
23 reps for @gotsis96 #GTProDay pic.twitter.com/8ZPklmE6FL— GeorgiaTech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) March 18, 2016
Weighed in at 296 with an 85.5" wingspan. 29 NFL teams in attendance. Great work, @gotsis96! #GTProDay https://t.co/xehctHOO9i— SportsTrust Advisors (@_SportsTrust) March 18, 2016
#Falcons coach Dan Quinn is talking to #GaTech DT Adam Gotsis. pic.twitter.com/h1WvB96xin— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) March 18, 2016
What will @gotsis96 offer to the team that drafts him?https://t.co/CCFMaGbvmJ— Eastbay (@Eastbay) February 28, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Gotsis is a talented defender that can create pressure from the middle or on the edge. He was used as an NT in Georgia Tech's 3-4 formation and still produced there despite it not being the best spot for him. He showed consistent playmaking ability during his collegiate career and will be scheme versatile coming into the NFL. Because of his ACL injury the team that drafts him will have to rely on his tape and have confidence in his rehab process and know that he might not be in game shape until possibly midway through the regular season. Teams interested in him will also have to put a lot of faith in his tape as he was physically unable to test and do drills at both the combine and his Pro Day. What will be interesting is Gotsis weight change from the combine to his Pro Day moving from 287 to 296.
Gotsis 6-4 frame has plenty of room for more weight if a team that's likes heavier guys on the line is interested in him. While I think Gotsis is a good player and could definitely come in and be part of a 3-4 DE rotation I don't see the Redskins using draft picks on players that aren't medically healthy. Draft experts project Gotsis going as high as the 3rd round, but even in the 4th and 5th rounds drafting a player who can't contribute immediately might be too rich for a team like the Redskins that need to continue to add solid depth to their roster.
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