2012 NFL Draft: So You're Thinking About Drafting An Adam Gettis

Iowa OG Adam Gettis Draft Profile (via ProFootballWeekly)

Congratulations, professional football fans! Your favorite team has made the wonderful decision to draft Adam Gettis! Like any responsible selector, you're no doubt filled with questions about your potential new draft pick. We here at Black Heart Gold Pants will try our best to answer any questions you might have.

So, Who Is This Guy? Gettis was a Rivals two-star defensive end prospect that picked Iowa over reported offers from Iowa State and directional Michigan schools. He came to Iowa City just a few pounds over 225 and eventually added the weight necessary to be a Big Ten offensive guard. He took a red shirt to do so and saw some spot duty his second year on campus. By year three Gettis would start opening day but to less than glowing reviews. He'd play sparingly following Iowa's opening game against UNI and continue to develop as an offensive lineman. His junior year got off to a slow start as he struggled with injuries and would be in and out of the starting lineup all season. He started every game of his senior season and proved to be technically sound. He was good enough last year to be named second team all-Big Ten by the coaches.

Riley Reiff vs Oklahoma 2011 (via JMPasq) (Plenty of Gettis here too)


What About The Bad? Iowa's official roster graciously listed Gettis at 6'4" but his official height at the NFL Combine is closer to 6'2". Despite his smaller stature he moves well for an offensive linemen. He did struggle throughout his career pass blocking and has had several injuries keep him out of the lineup. He's listed around 290 and may lack some strength at the point of attack. The average weight for NFL linemen is over 300 pounds and Gettis may have already maximized his 6'2" frame.

What About Those Combine Numbers? Prior to the NFL Combine Gettis was a question mark to get drafted. He put down a 5.0s 40 yard dash and a quick 4.65s 20-yard shuttle. He had the best broad jump for guards and his 31.5" vertical leap displayed his lower body explosiveness. What Gettis lacks in size he makes up for in athleticism and could be a solid pick for teams that utilize a zone-blocking scheme. Despite playing guard for 28 games at Iowa Gettis could also be an NFL prospect for teams at the center position.

Anything Else We Should Know? It took us awhile to trust Gettis as a starting guard.

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