How can anyone of us make a valid evaulation of Adams and Gilbert since they haven't played an extended amount of time? In order to make judgement one way or another I would think we need to see them play a season and hopefully without injury.
From the little time we seen them in action the jury is still out whether they can be an asset to the line, or be a liability.
Even the experts get it wrong when they evauate prospects with thier projections, some players who had fantastic college play don't pan out in the Pro's and some players fall under the radar and have success in the Pro's.
They both had a tough starts to their pro career with inconsistent play, then we seen some flashes of good play from Adams especially in run blocking. Gilbert held his own at RT after he had some snaps, but then both fell to injuries.
When they compete in camp and play in the preseason, we'll have a better idea who will play either position but until we see them play for an extended amount of time the evaluation process will continue.
Usually it takes a few years to evaulate how good a draft pick is, in this case it may be sooner since they got playing time their rookie season, which should help them going into this season. Its the same case with Beachum, the good thing for him is he also got playing time.
IMO, our O-line is young and has potencial to be pretty good, to see that play out continuity is at the forefront, having the same 5 players start will go a long way to determine how good this line can be.
Now, indubitably, failing the drug test is stupid...flat out...
That being said, I don't think that a very late 2nd round pick is too soon for a top 5 tackle prospect...
I don't know how Adams will turn out, but as to the title of this thread, I know I don't like to hear "Mike Adams" and "higher" in the same statement.
I agree. He is a rookie, but the good thing is he is on the offense so he got a chance to play and the coaches saw how he handled real live game action. Now they have something to develop an improvement plan from. Adams also got the taste of live action so he knows what to expect and how he has to respond.
Hope Adams makes as big an improvement this season as Cortez did last season.
At this point, I'm more worried about Gilbert, the one-man wrecking crew, protecting Ben's blind side...
IMo gilbert played very well his rookie year at RT. (wasnt he steelers rookie of the year?)
hopefully he can get back to that level of play