Nov 8, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Adam Shead (74) blocks Baylor Bears linebacker Aiavion Edwards (20) during the game at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Adam Shead, G, Oklahoma
Weight: 339 lbs.
While we’re on the topic of possible projects, let’s talk about Adam Shead. Going into this year’s draft, there are plenty of question marks regarding Shead, which explains why he’s projected to go sometime in the fifth round. With that being said, there’s a lot to like about him.
Shead has good size for a guard and he uses it to his advantage against strong defensive linemen. But, much like Tomlinson, his frame limits his mobility when it comes to pulling and getting to the next level and being effective on the block. However, his four-year stint as a starting guard has given him the ability to read stunts and a variety of other schemes that will be thrown at him at the next level. Shead’s pass blocking ability far exceeds his talents on the run block, but this shouldn’t be a cause for concern, if the Buccaneers do follow through on being more like the Atlanta Falcons than the Seattle Seahawks.
Shead is still going to need some time to adjust to the NFL, but if you can get him late in the draft where teams are simply searching for diamonds in the rough, this pick could pay off.