A new season is unfolding fast as the 2018 NFL Draft approaches. Before the season starts, however, it is crucial that we analyze the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie seasons of last years draft. Of course, analyzing a class during the season is a common thing. Since the data is here, however, the analysis will be much easier.
Keion Adams Outside linebacker #99
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 245 lb (111 kg)
College: Western Michigan
Drafted: 2017 / Round: 7 / Pick: 248
There are several Steelers players that we can analyze but the rookies drafted last year are particularly important. Players like Kameron Canaday and Mike Hilton do not necessarily fit into the rookie category since they were first-year players. Some agents that were not drafted but went through the season might however be worthy mentions.
Since the 2016 free agency did not go well for the Steelers, there was an extra attention not to be shortchanged in 2017. There were thus eight selections during the draft's initial eight rounds. A player was also added in the third round to ensure the previous year's loopholes were sealed.
The selections definitely did the team justice. The performance was great and even though a few improvements can still be made, the contribution was generally great.
We will look at rookie Keion Adams, the outside linebacker who was drafted in the 7th round.
Keion Adams has inspired a lot of optimism in the Steelers fraternity. This linebacker is in his second year and he has proven to have great potential on the field. He joined T.J Watt, a fellow outside linebacker in 2017. Adams did not have a great year, unlike his compatriot, however. He had a shoulder injury that ruled him out for much of the season. As for Watt, he was fairly impressive on the field for all his games.
Adams' fortunes would have definitely been different were it not for the injury. While he would not have overtaken his peers like Antony Chickillo, Bud Dupree, Arthur Moats, James Harrison and Watt, he would have definitely had a consistent place in the squad.
Adams did not really have any statistics tied to his name even during the preseason. The player, who is a product of Western Michigan, nevertheless seemed to have impressed a lot of people in his very short stint. He only actually prepared for a single game during the preseason.
In terms of relations with his fellow teammates, Adams has an established rapport with his fellow linebackers. Adams and Watt have a previous long-standing cooperation outside the league where they went through training together. They also made it into the league together as pass-rushers and have since then been working closely with the team. This relationship is definitely one that will yield good tidings for the team if it is sustained.
Adams did not let his injury come in the way between him and the team. He was quite active on the sidelines every time the team was playing. There is a lot of optimism that he will change the Steelers for the better when he starts his work on the field. He is currently in a great position to prove himself and also make a lasting impact.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 2 in
|4.70 s||1.63 s||2.70 s||4.38 s||7.36 s||36 in
|10 ft 4 in
Keion Adams 2016 Stats:— Jimmy Norkewicz (@dorkewicz) April 29, 2017
49 Tackles (18 for loss)
3 Forced Fumbles
Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2017
Keion Adams Signed Steelers Jersey (TSE COA) 2017 Rookie Outside Linebacker https://t.co/KjUSeCrQ0w— Big Ballin' (@ZO2_shoes) November 25, 2017