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Bengals select...Adam Kieft
OT | (6'7", 337, 5.56) | CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Strengths: Has massive size. Is tall and has great bulk. Is well-proportioned. Has adequate reach and big hands. Has good lower body strength and even better upper body strength. Had 28-bench press reps of 225 pounds at the combine. Shows a powerful punch on film and the ability to jar defenders. He plays with a mean streak and will finish defenders off when in position. Once he locks on in pass pro he rarely loses. He can be overwhelming and overpowering as a run blocker. Will engulf defenders when he's in position and has the power to drive DL back off the LOS. He's a hard worker with good character and durability.
Weaknesses: Is a marginal athlete. Comes out of his stance slowly and doesn't always play with good leverage. Is a waist-bender in pass pro. Lacks ideal lateral movement and gets caught overextending versus speed rushers. Will lunge and lose his balance versus quick double moves. Has marginal speed and will struggle to get into position as a downfield blocker. Angles have to be perfect in order for him to get into proper position on time. Has trouble hitting the moving target in space.
Overall: Kieft redshirted in 200 with a foot injury. He started 8-of-12 games in 2001 before becoming a fulltime starter in 2002. He started every game in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He was named second-team All-MAC in 2003 and first-team All-MAC in 2004. He finished his career with 43 starts. Kieft is a massive, powerful, right tackle prospect with good experience and durability. His lack of athletic ability is glaring but Kieft has enough size and strength to compete for a backup right tackle job in the NFL, which is why he grades out as a late-round prospect in the 2005 draft.
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Adam Kieft, OT, Central Michigan
Height: 6:07.2 Weight: 337
Overview: Rising star who came into his own during his last two years at Central Michigan. The new coaching staff at CMU helped Kieft develop into an outstanding drive blocker, as he helped pave the way for the Chippewas' running game that featured at 1,000-yard rusher in each of his four seasons as a starter. Built more like a basketball player, one of his most memorable moments in athletics was dunking on close friend and NBA player Chris Kaman (Los Angeles Clippers). Kieft earned three letters in track and two in football at Rockford High School, He was a first-team All-State selection in football. He added All-Conference accolades and was the conference shot put champion in track. In football, he ranked 24th by the Detroit Free Press and 35th by the Detroit News and was a member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team. Kieft sat out the 2000 season with a left foot fracture and was granted a medical hardship. He moved into the starting lineup at right tackle in 2001 and shifted to the left side the following season. He became a dominant player in 2003, earning second-team All-Mid American Conference honors as he allowed only two sacks on 884 plays. He extended his starting string to 43 games in 2004, as he was accorded with first-team All-MAC honors.
Analysis: Positives... Has a huge frame with good mass and the ability to carry even more bulk. ... Not defined in the upper body, but has a thick chest, long arms, broad shoulders, big hips and bubble, long legs and thick thighs and calves. ... Knows how to use his reach and arm extension to keep defenders at bay. ... Uses his great size and strength to gain position quickly coming off the snap. ... More of a road grader type with adequate leg drive blocking for the running game. ... Shows good range and lateral movement in his pass set. ... Has the change of direction agility to get into position and a smooth kick slide. ... Even when he bends at the waist, he shows good recovery agility.
Negatives... Has good strength, but for a player of his size, he should be stronger. ... Needs to be pushed in order to get the best of his ability, as he seems to go through the motions at times. ... Not the type that flashes consistent aggression. ... Needs to play until the whistle. ... Not a quick twitch type and is a bit of a waist bender who struggles to bend at his knees because of his tall, high cut frame. ... Because of his sluggishness coming off the snap, he fails to deliver pop and explosion. ... Can be a mauler for the ground game, but keeps his base too narrow to generate the acceleration needed to work in space. ... Rarely used on traps or pulls because of his marginal quickness. ... Cannot be considered a good second level player because he struggles to adjust vs. movement. ... Flashes some punch and jolt, but is not consistent in landing his hands on an opponent.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: 5.39 in the 40-yard dash...405-pound bench press...575-pound squat...325-pound hang clean...Right-handed...33/35 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: 5.53 in the 40-yard dash...3.19 20-yard dash...1.91 10-yard dash...4.76 20-yard shuttle...7.78 three-cone drill...33-inch vertical jump...9'2" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times...33 5/8-inch arm length...10 1/8-inch hands...34 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Rockford (Mich.) High School, playing football for coach Ralph Munger...Earned three letters in track and two in football...First-team All-State selection in football...Added All-Conference accolades and was the conference shot put champion in track...In football, he ranked 24th by the Detroit Free Press and 35th by the Detroit News and was a member of the Grand Rapids Press Dream Team.
Personal: History major...Had a 3.40 grade point average in the spring to raise his cumulative to 3.23...Hobbies include eating and sleeping...His lifetime goal is to have fun...Son of Charles Kieft and Mary Bouwense...Born 8/21/82...Resides in Rockford, Michigan.
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