Senior offensive tackle Jeff Adams was unable to suit up for the final game of his college career. Had Adams been like almost all Columbia football players, that final game would have been his last opportunity to play organized football for the rest of his life. But Jeff Adams isn’t like most Columbia football players—he has a legitimate shot of being selected in this April’s NFL Draft.
This is a rare opportunity for a member of Columbia’s football program. The last football player to be drafted out of Columbia was defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1997 Draft.
Adams has been an anchor for the Lions at the left tackle position for the past three seasons. In 2011, Adams earned first-team all-Ivy League honors for the third straight season and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.