From Melbourne to the Mile High City, Adam Gotsis’s path to the NFL has been an exciting one for our Gridiron Club.
Adam Gotsis (54) wins a Junior Vic Bowl with the Monash Warriors in 2009
Adam played 4 years in our Junior program where he developed under coaches Dan Levin and Heather Buzza and one season for the Senior team under Head Coach Ralph Maggio. Whilst also dominating the local Gridiron Victoria competition, Adam also represented Victoria at both Junior and Senior level and represented Australia in the 2011 IFAF World Cup.
Adam Gotsis (23) playing for the Monash Warriors Seniors in the 2010 Vic Bowl
Adam was selected with the 63rd pick in the second round by the 2016 Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos.
The capital of Colorado and Population of 649,495, Denver is nicknamed the Mile High City because its official elevation is exactly one mile (5,280 ft or 1,610 m) above sea level, making it one of the highest major cities in the United States..
Adam will now have the chance to play for a Super Bowl winning team coached by Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips and will no doubt develop with mentors Von Miller and Derek Wolfe.
The Warriors are extremely proud of how Adam has conducted himself and the hard work he has put in to develop into the player he is today.
Once the Draft has settled down and Adam has settled into his new home in Denver, Wariorsgridiron.com will have an exclusive write up of the path to the draft with Adam Gotsis.
Former Warriors DT Adam Gotsis is well and truly on the road to recovery from an ACL tear only 4 months away from a full recovery.
Whilst Adam was invited to the Indianapolis Combine (Invitation only) he was not able to participate in any of the drills that the other NFL Draft hopefuls were undertaking. His knee was not cleared but his presence was there as Adam undertook medicals and also media in front of coaches and scouts all in attendance. One of the interviews from the combine can be found below:
Whilst rehabbing his knee is a priority, Adam was hopeful to participate in his Georgia Tech Pro Day which he did. Whilst there were no 40 yard dashes, no broad jumps, no vertical leaps or short shuttles, Gotsis was able to get sized up and use his arms in the Bench Press where he knocked out 23 reps at 225 pounds (or 102kg).
Whilst Georgia Tech’s Pro Day fell on the same day as the University of California (Cal Bears) and most scouts were looking at top prospect QB Jared Goff, there were still scouts and coaches present for the Pro Day, noticeably Atlanta Falcons HC Dan Quinn who met with Gotsis along with Atlanta Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli.
Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis chats with Falcons coach Dan Quinn as assistant general manager Scott Pioli listens in at the school’s pro day of Friday, March 18, 2016. (D. Orlando Ledbetterfirstname.lastname@example.org)
Whilst the conversation was a lengthy one, Gostis felt comfortable immediately with Coach Quinn who also coached up another Australian NFL player Jesse Williams at Seattle. “He was basically telling me to stay positive with the knee,” Gotsis said. “Things are going to happen for you. He thinks I’m a great player, basically (he said) look after that knee and you’re going to have a great career. Not to rush it, just enjoy it for what it is.”
Some NFL Analysts rate Gotsis a fit with the current champion Denver Broncos. Hear what they have to say in the NFL.com video here.
Adam Gotsis prepares to take on BYU on Saturday – Danny Karnik/Georgia Tech Athl
Monash Warriors player Adam Gotsis who is in his Sophomore Season with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, at the starting Nose Tackle position, has continued to show improvement on his rookie season which saw him avoid being red-shirted.
Gotsis has been a workhorse up front for the Yellow Jackets and credits his Defensive Line coach Mike Pelton for getting him to where he is today, and also getting his Yellow Jacket teammates in position to make plays.
While the Yellow Jackets are on a 2 game losing streak after consecutive losses to Miami and BYU (both away games) he is hoping they can get back on track when they host Syracuse this Saturday on Hall of Fame Weekend/Heroes’ Day.
On a report in the ‘Sting Daily’ (Article can be found here) Gotsis said that his Defense could not get adjusted to the speed of the BYU offense which caused some issues throughout the game. “I think a lot of it was just us not getting lined up, not getting the calls in time,” Gotsis said. “It was kind of what we expected them to do, the same sort of thing that we planned for.
“I think the speed was definitely a bit faster than last week against Miami but I thought we made good adjustments and started getting the calls in toward the end,” he added. “It was tough there at the start and then we just had to figure out adjustments, which we did at the end, but it was a little too late.”
Adam had one of his best games of his career against BYU including 4 TFL (tackles for loss) for total -19 yards and 2 sacks (Both career highs). Gotsis now leads his team totals this season in TFL’s (8.0) and Sacks (3.0).
The Warriors look forward to seeing much more of Adam for the remainder of the season and look forward to the improvements he makes.