Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams said he’s meeting with the Ravens at the scouting combine.
The 6-foot-7, 323-pounder is regarded as having an outside shot at falling to the Ravens’ 29th overall selection of the first round. He’s been linked to the Ravens in a few mock drafts.
The Ravens’ primary needs on the offensive line are at center and offensive guard with six-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk contemplating retirement and Pro Bowl offensive guard Ben Grubbs
Adams was dogged by off-field incidents while playing for the Buckeyes, including serving a five-game suspension last season for receiving improper benefits in violation of NCAA team rules.
Three years ago Adams was suspended for two games for violating team rules. He was cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and running through a stop sign. The drug paraphernalia charge was dropped by law enforcement authorities.
“I had some bumps in the road earlier in my career, but I think that I used those things to build my character rather than to bring it down,” Adams said. “I think my character is something that my teammates and coaches at Ohio State would vouch for. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m not a bad guy. I’ve definitely made some mistakes, but I’ve definitely learned from them.”
The Ravens could use Adams for the future considering that Bryant McKinnie is entering the final year of his contract.
Adams started off slowly at the Senior Bowl, but drew praise from NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock for his competitiveness and strength.
“My athleticism, blocking in space, is definitely a strength,” said Adams, adding that he emulates NFL offensive tackles Jake Long and Joe Thomas. “I like to play through the whistle in the run game. … As an offensive lineman, especially in the NFL, pass protection is where they say you make your money. It’s something that I pride myself on doing well and something that I’ll keep striving to get better at."
The Ravens also met with University of Georgia center Ben Jones, a potential second-round or third-round target.