NFL teams and draft experts will have another reason to catch the Outback Bowl between Michigan State and Georgia. It also means the Spartans could be without one of their better defensive players next season, as cornerback Johnny Adams is considering an early entry into the 2012 NFL Draft. According to the Lansing State Journal, Adams is seeking feedback from the NFL draft advisory board on his draft status:
Adams said Thursday that he will seek feedback from the NFL on his draft status. Asked if he's leaning toward returning for his senior season or leaving, Adams said: "I have no idea."
"Whatever they (NFL personnel people) come back with, I'm gonna try to sit down with my family and try to see what's going on," Adams said. "I'm not ruling anything out though."
It's not likely that Adams would be a high pick in this year's draft, but if he's considering a jump, maybe the Spartans can expect something not entirely unlike a career performance against Georgia. One great bowl performance can elevate a player from "draft-able" to a "solid mid-round prospect."
Most would consider Adams unlikely to come out early, though he is having his best season yet, being selected to the All-Big Ten first team by coaches this season, and second team by the media. A lot of teams will like his speed, which will be something he'll try and show off against Georgia.