Montravius Adams Will Have a Chance to Contribute Immediately

Now that Montravius Adams is signed, it's a good time to project what kind of role he will play for the Packers in 2017. 

Montravius Adams finally signed his rookie contract with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, which means the 2017 draft class is finally signed, sealed and delivered. But as far as Adams is concerned, what role will he play for the Packers in the 2017 season?

Thankfully, Adams and the Packers got this deal done before the starting of training camp in the next couple of weeks. Once you start missing those practices, as a rookie, it can be hard to catch up.

But, the Packers won’t need to worry about that with the 6-4, 304-pound defensive lineman, who was selected in the third round out of Auburn in April. At the time, some wondered about the pick and some questioned whether it should have been spent on an edge rusher or a corner, but looking back, it makes sense.

Green Bay needed more depth on the defensive line and now, with the whole Letroy Guion fiasco, it’s looking like an even wiser move. Of course, the signing of Ricky Jean-Francois helped with depth concerns too, as the veteran is in line to start at 3-4 end next to Kenny Clark in the middle and Mike Daniels on the other side.

However, the thing with Green Bay, is that it doesn’t play much 3-4 anymore. Only about 20 percent of the snaps come in the base defense, meaning versatile defensive lineman are a big key to success.

And Adams, a three-year starter at Auburn definitely brings versatility. At 6-4, 304 pounds, he has ideal size and length to be a five technique, yet he is big enough to bump inside and play defensive tackle.

The Packers, in their sub packages, essentially play a 2-4-5 or some variation of that. Meaning the two defensive lineman inside are tackles and play a position similar to what they would in a four-man front.

Obviously, Daniels and Clark are going to see the majority of snaps in that lineup. But as we all know, defensive lineman need to stay fresh, so Jean-Francois, Dean Lowry, Adams and Christian Ringo will all need to contribute.

Lowry made a positive impression last season and impressed both against the run and the pass. Adams, who had 10.5 sacks over the past three seasons, should be expected to contribute in a similar fashion.

The rookie will have to duke it out with Lowry, Jean-Francois and Ringo for snaps behind Clark and Daniels, but after a resurgent senior season at Auburn, Adams will be expected to play meaningful snaps sooner rather than later.

As Dom Capers is fond of saying, you can never have enough big guys and in Adams, hopefully the Packers have found another that can become a consistent and effective part of the d-line rotation.

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Chris is a sports journalist from Montana and has been blogging about the Packers since 2011. Chris has been a staff writer for CheeseheadTV since 2017 and looks forward to the day when Aaron Rodgers wins his second Super Bowl. Follow him @thepackersguru

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RCPackerFan's picture

July 06, 2017 at 12:49 pm

I really like our DL depth right now. If Adams is considered our 5th or 6th DL (which he is right now), that is a very good thing.

Something that I wonder is if we may see Capers switch up his looks a bit more this year. Its true that the last few years we have seen more 2-4 looks. But to be honest their 2-4 was similar to the 3-3 because Peppers and Jones essentially were playing a hybrid role. Essentially they were a DE standing up in the Elephant End spot.

I wonder if we may see more 3 DL sets this year. Our DL could be the strongest group on the defense.

With a more of a true 3-3 look vs 2-4. Mathews could play a hybrid ILB/OLB spot, with Perry playing the ROLB spot and that allows 1 more ILB spot for someone. Run downs probably Martinez or Ryan, passing downs it could be Thomas or Jones.

I'm not saying that this formation would replace their traditional 2-4 look, just wondering if they may use it more and use the 2-4 less to best match their strength of their defense.

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Handsback's picture

July 06, 2017 at 01:22 pm

Mt. Adams is somewhat like a previous Packer pick at #3 in Thornton. He was also a 4 star recruit at 6-3 and 305#s. I think the difference between the two guys is between their ears. Adams turned his played around while in school, not sure if Thornton ever changed his play intensity. I don't think there's any/or for Adams...he will either play to his ability, or burn out. I think he is going to surprise a lot of people with his play.
That is surprise in a good way!

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July 06, 2017 at 02:31 pm

Agreed. The thing that makes me most optimistic about Adams is not only how he turned up his intensity and production in his senior season but how he performed at the Senior Bowl. Mike Mayock wrote, "When he keeps his pad level down he can be a monster inside. You don't see many people with that size with those type of movement skills. He's got superior short-area quickness and comes off the ball both in the run and the pass game. In the one-on-one drills nobody could block him on Day 1." Todd McShay called him the most explosive DL at the Senior Bowl. The thing that most concerns me is Adams' lack of motivation and production for his first three seasons at Auburn. If the change was a result of his growing up, the Packers may have gotten a steal in the draft. If that year-long burst of motivated play was just to get a payday, then they drafted Thornton 2.0. "All" he needs is the motivation to be great. I think even more than what is usually the case, Adams' attitude will determine the success of his NFL career. Let's hope Daniels, RJF, or both show him the way.

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ChrisPeterson's picture

July 06, 2017 at 01:25 pm

Yea not a bad idea at all. I don't know if we will see a three man front more though, unless Perry or someone is in the elephant role more. Mathews will get moved around some but I see him, Perry and Fackrell as the top three guys on the outside and I think they will be mostly the stand up position, although in some cases it doesn't really matter if the player is standing up or has his hand in the ground, when it's a four man front the jobs are pretty similar. But yes I think Adams has a good chance of making the 46-man gameday roster and being the 5th DL. He can help at both spots, can hold up against the run and has some ability to push the pocket. I am excited to see him, along with Clark and Lower who should both take big steps in year two.

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RCPackerFan's picture

July 06, 2017 at 03:25 pm

Really with Perry playing OLB he is almost like a 3rd/4th DL. His run stuffing ability is very, very good.

What I like about using the 3 DL along with Perry is it essentially becomes a 4 man DL. Technically 3 man with Perry standing up but essentially its the same thing.
That would allow Mathews to play an ILB/OLB hybrid spot which allows him to move around. He could lineup anywhere across the front.
Ideally if Jones could be the other ILB, that would give them the speed to go sideline to sideline.

I agree that we will see a lot of the 2-4 defense, and more of the traditional look that Capers has been using. With one of the strengths of our team being the DL, and some argue the OLB is one of the weaker positions, I just wonder If he may decide to use more 3 DL sets.

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July 06, 2017 at 03:32 pm

I liked the Adams pick, when you watch his film the guy plays fast and violent when motivated. Of course motivated being the key word, it seems that is the case quite often with those 300 pounders in the Defensive Line. Ted keeps drafting them even though his track record hasn't been great with D Linemen although with Daniels, Lowery and Clark that trend may be on the upswing. It will take Adams a year or two to adapt to the pro game but he seems mature and willing to work at it.
Mt Adams is extremely talented and I foresee a great future for the lad, especially with Big Mike Daniels as a mentor.
NostraDANus

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Lphill's picture

July 06, 2017 at 04:18 pm

It will be a welcome surprise for all of us if he can be a force right away , I think it depends on if he is a fast learner , I liked this pick from the beginning .

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Nononsense's picture

July 06, 2017 at 10:08 pm

The thing that I like about Monstravius is his hand use, he's got violent hands. He will swat and slap the OL hands to gain the edge on them. His explosion off the ball combined with those violent hands could make him an earlier contributor than most rookie D lineman here.

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Nononsense's picture

July 07, 2017 at 02:44 am

Maybe he doesn't use his hands well consistently but when he's disruptive and making plays he does. I don't have 3 seasons of film to watch of him but everyone says he had a more consistent year last season.

He's a 1 gap penetrator type, not a stack and shed two gapper. When they allow him to attack and penetrate you see the violence in his hand use.

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July 08, 2017 at 07:19 pm

If there is a 3rd DL that can pressure/sack better than a 4th LB, I'm all for three defensive linemen getting more snaps. If DL are merely taking up offensive linemen, we need some defensive creativity that can make the quarterback uncomfortable on his back.

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July 08, 2017 at 07:52 pm

I think the issue is that you don't really rush three defensive tackles and there really are no edge rushers on the def line. So the only way you get for d lineman is if Mathews or Perry play with their hand down.

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July 08, 2017 at 07:53 pm

I think the issue is that you don't really rush three defensive tackles and there really are no edge rushers on the def line. So the only way you get for d lineman is if Mathews or Perry play with their hand down.

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