The Big Ten preseason top 25 player rankings, based on past performance and potential impact for the 2011 season, continues with ...
No. 17: Mike Adams, LT, Ohio State, Sr., 6-8, 320
2010 numbers: Started all 13 games at left tackle for co-Big Ten champion; earned consensus first-team All-Big Ten honors; helped Ohio State rank 14th nationally in rushing (220.1 ypg) and 11th in scoring (38.8 ypg)
Why he's here: Adams' inclusion likely will spark some debate, as he's among the Ohio State players suspended for the first five games this season. But the Buckeyes will be counting the days until No. 75 returns to protect the quarterback's blind side. After an enigmatic first two seasons, Adams blossomed in 2010 and showcased the ability that made him one of the nation's top offensive line recruits. He projects well for the 2012 NFL draft and should provide a major boost when he returns to the starting lineup in October. The massive Adams always has passed the eye test and last season started to embrace the mental side of the game. He'll certainly be missed for the first five games.