Keion Adams Built In A Similar Mold To OLB Coach Joey Porter

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker coach Joey Porter will surely have his hands full this offseason as he oversees the development of his outside linebacking core. Not only will Porter be tasked with continuing the development of Bud Dupree but he will also be aiding the Steelers newest additions in rookie outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Keion Adams.

While Watt’s development will be the most urgent and command the most attention as the team approaches their 2017 campaign, Adams’ treatment under Porter will be one to keep an eye on as well.

When Porter oversees Adams on the field this offseason, he may experience some nostalgia in seeing the seventh-round pick from Western Michigan rush the passer. While the two careers are separated by 17 years, Adams is built in a very similar mold to the man who will be responsible for guiding his development.

While Adams’ numbers originate from his pro day and Porter’s from the NFL Combine, you can see for yourself just how similar the two are athletically. In fact, it is almost a perfect match. Both had similar strength, speed and quickness, but most importantly, both Adams and Porter were roughly the same size coming out of college.

In a league filled with athletically superior individuals, size does matter. It matters to a great degree, actually, as falling even an inch shorter than the norm could result in a prospect’s draft stock plummeting. Even on the all field results a prospect offers could be deemed irrelevant if he is characterized as undersized for his position. That is why Adams’ “undersized” frame is important to consider now that he will be under the watch of Porter.

Both Porter and Adams fit the bill of being “undersized” for their positions coming out of college, as the two were both listed at 6’2 and under 250-pounds on their NFL Draft Scout profiles. While Porter was able to cover this infamous-sometimes tacky trait by carrying his great quickness, bend and strength in college over to the NFL, he will now be asked to replicate his success again, only this time from a third person point of view.

While the rest of the world will see a number 99 on the back of Adams’ jersey, Porter will likely see the number 55 when watching Adams from the sideline. Porter’s goal is to make sure that Adams not only looks like his past self but that he can play like it too. In an ironic fashion, this development may also mean that Adams beats out Arthur Moats, who currently owns the number 55 jersey number, for a roster spot.

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Daniel Valente

Steelers fan from birth, spending majority of my free time looking up statistics. Had the honor of meeting Mike Vanderjagt shortly after his infamous missed field goal in the 2005 Divisional Round. Currently pursuing a Journalism degree. Follow me on Twitter @StatsGuyDaniel

  • PA2AK_

    Biggest difference is the quality of position coach each had/has…

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    As much as I WAS disappointed with this draft I think that they may have did a better job this yr if not equal to last yrs draft (I know it’s still early) based off the trading camp videos I just watched these guys look like the new age Steelers heart and smarts along with athletic ability can go go along way with this class

  • VaDave

    To date, I’ve not seen much of what Joey has imparted to his charges. Dupree still does not have an inside counter move, and we all could see that Jones was not absorbing any of it.

  • Steel Your Face

    I think it can be hard to teach ‘want to’ at that that position but interested if Joey could explain it.

  • VaDave

    Good point about “want to”. True that.

  • StolenUpVotes

    If he turns out half as good as Peezy was then he will earn a second contract somewhere within the league


    100% agree on all points….Adams will be weariing #55 come opening day, and will make Coach Porter extra proud because of it.

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • Charles Mullins

    The vert and attitude make a huge difference.

  • Matt Manzo

    This definitely got my mouth watering!!!

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    18 years makes a big difference. Porter was going against tackles that were probably 30-40 pounds lighter than the current crop. They finally got their “Bruce Irvin” situational pass rusher after all.

  • Roger G

    Rubber hits the road for Peezy. Time to squeeze the oranges and make some juice. Time to take the dinner outta the oven. Time to set the table. Time for the fat lady to start singing. Time to get to work. Need to start seeing something more out of the OLB position and no you don’t get to rely on #92 to get it done for you. You Joey, YOU need to get your head outta your A$$ and show something or you’re just taking up space. Two #1 picks handed to YOU…
    GET. IT. DONE. *drops mic*

  • Terrible Towlie

    we got TJ f’n Watt…that kid dont look nearly like he’s done growing… he gonna be a good un. A slightly smaller, yet much faster JJ Watt
    also like Adam’s speed rush…cant teach speed, and he got it

  • Terrible Towlie

    18 years? what you talkin bout….Porter isnt even 40 yet he was playing against a lot of the same guys

  • Brenton deed

    Better than last year??? I’ll settle for as good as.

  • will

    Agree totally

  • will


  • Conserv_58

    The comparison to Porter is there, but there is another former Steelers OLB that he compares to even more. That would be none other than, Greg Lloyd. Greg was regarded as being limited in ability. He was considered too small to be an effective NFL linebacker. Some saw him as being no more than a two down backer.

    Greg Lloyd #95, Pittsburgh Steelers OLB:
    * Height 6’2″
    * Weight 248
    * 1987 sixth round pick
    * 40 yard dash, 4.8 sec.
    * Bench reps, 22
    * Broad Jump, 9′
    * Verticle 32″
    * 20 yd. shuffle 4.46
    * Three Cone 7.17
    * Arm length 33.50″

  • Conserv_58

    That was a lot of clueless nonsense.

    Of the two #1 picks handed to him, Jarvice Jones’ problem began with the scouting dept.’s evaluation of him. They completely whiffed on his evaluation. He had no business being a first round pick, especially in a 3-4 defense.

    There’s the old saying, “garbage in, garbage out.” that applies to Jones. It’s well documented that Joey put in a lot of time and effort trying to mold Jarvice into a competent OLB. That turned out to be an exercise in futility because trying to make Jones a competent OLB was akin to putting a square peg in a round hole. Jones was the wrong fit in a defensive scheme he was unqualified to be in.

    Joey’s second #1 pick, Bud Dupree was drafted with the understanding that he was a physical freak that was very raw. They knew that it was going to require time and patience to get him up to speed. Bud showed glimpses of his ability when he played in sub packages in his rookie season. Last year, Bud suffered a “groin injury” at the beginning of training camp. I know because I was there. Bud ended up requiring surgery and it wasn’t until the second half of the season that Bud played his first game of the 2016 season. As expected of a player that hadn’t played in a game since the season before, Bud needed to get his legs under him. In his second game it was noticeable that Bud had turned the corner. He was playing his best ball since being drafted. Bud’s arrow is definitely pointing up and I expect a break out season from him.

    So, it’s patently obvious that your clueless condemnation of Joey’s coaching ability is totally unjustified and unwarranted.

  • Conserv_58

    That’s nonsense based on false information.

  • Conserv_58

    The point you’re forgetting is that the Steelers drafted him knowing that he was a very raw prospect that required a lot of coaching to get him to where they saw him as being. Some draft gurus and analysts didn’t think that Dupree was worthy of a first round pick because he was so raw.

    Once Bud returned from injury in the second half of last season there was no mistaking that Joey’s influence was paying dividens. Bud showed a marked improvement over the last time he played, which was the end of the 2015 season. He missed nearly all of the 2016 training camp and the first half of the 2016 season with a groin injury. Bud’s play showed that he turned the corner from a raw prospect into a competent player. It was evident that Bud has yet to hit his ceiling, but his arrow is definitely pointing up. I expect a break out season from him.


    99 huh? Let’s hope this kid lives up to another late round pick who wore that number!!! 😎

  • D.j. Reynolds

    Or the person before him that looked like a lineman roaming the middle!

  • capehouse

    You thought highly of Mike Archer?

  • capehouse

    Yup I agree with all that, but Dupree was almost non existent off the edge against the Chiefs and Patriots in the playoffs. Only 2 QB pressures combined in those games.

  • Conserv_58

    Yeah, I know. I saw those games too. Did you also happen to notice that the Chiefs keyed on, Bud and as a result it left the door on the other side open for Deebo to make plays.

    As for the patriots game, No One, not even Deebo, on the Steelers’ front seven was pressuring Brady. That left the DB’s abandoned. Hargrave got through one time, but Brady’s OL gave him all day to sit back and shred the Steelers with passes to no name receivers whom the Steelers defense made look like all world pros. It was sickening to see how thoroughly the patriots’ OL dominated the Steelers front seven. Belichick’s game plan was executed to perfection and there was nothing the Steelers could do to stop them. That game is what prompted Art Rooney II to proclaim, during his post season press conference, that they need to improve their pass rush.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    The article, which is what I’m going by, has a draft class of 1999 v 2017 comparison.

  • capehouse

    Yeah I suppose referencing the Pats game is pointless. Didn’t notice the Chiefs keying on Dupree though, but it’s been awhile since I’ve watched it.

  • Roger G

    You are absolutely correct that I AM clueless, obviously, I don’t share the front bedroom in Joey’s jockstrap that you obviously do but to say that my condemnation of his coaching ability is unjustified and unwarranted well…I’d have to disagree. While you make worthwhile points regarding Jarvis and Bud I just see excuses being made. You strike me as an apologist for Coach Porter. I see a man while as good as he was as a player (and I was a fan of his) has shown little by way of his results on the field regarding players under his charge. Just my clueless opinion but it’s true.

  • mezzetin1

    Yep yep.

  • mezzetin1

    Watt, baby. Watt.

  • VaDave

    Hey, I have to agree, no doubt there was much improvement on run support, and that just may be where the bulk of the coaching has been about. Considering where he was when we drafted him, he has come a long way. That said, he is still a one trick pony with pass rushing and has a nasty habit of being run up the arc. We’ll see If Joey can fix that.

  • george

    Can he play inside too?

  • Dofdmp

    So he’s already opening eyes in mini camp…Good !

  • dany

    I would agree, though, if Dupree doesn’t start showing more than just glimpses this year and Watt doesn’t have at least the impact Dupree has in his rookie year

  • VaDave

    From what I’ve read, Watt is a lot more advanced than Dupree was as a draftee. I would be shocked if we don’t see a good deal of Watt taking regular snaps on defense.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the pats game was the litmus test and the ultimate measuring stick and as we witnessed the Steelers didn’t measure up, offensively and defensively. Injuries to key players played a huge role in their ineptitude, especially on offense.

  • Conserv_58

    Excellent point about “want to” because it is the “want to” that separates the high achievers from the pretenders. It doesn’t matter how accomplished a coach is, if a player is devoid of the belief in himself to succeed then it’s time for that player to move on to other areas of his life. AB is the quitecenntial example of a player that exudes the unrelenting drive, self discipline and the work ethic to achieve true success.