2012 NFL Draft Round 2: Pittsburgh Steelers Draft T Mike Adams With 56th Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to address their offensive line in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft with the selection of Ohio State tackle Mike Adams with the 24th pick of the second round. Adams appeared in 30 games during his four-year career at Ohio State, starting 25 of them, including his last 21. In his final two seasons as a starter, the left offensive tackle registered 167 knockdowns and 33 touchdown-resulting blocks.

Adams tested positive at the NFL combine for marijuana, but alerted teams during visits.

One of the most coveted prospects coming out of Dublin-Coffman High School, Adams is recognized as the Big Ten Conference’s premier left offensive tackle. It took the Buckeye two seasons to reach that lofty analysis, as he missed the four games during his freshman year due to left shoulder surgery, only to suffer a foot injury that would cost him another four contests.

Off-field problems prior to the 2009 season caused the coaches to demote Adams to the scout team while serving a two-game suspension. He returned to start four of the next five games before suffering a left knee meniscus tear. He underwent surgery and sat out the rest of his sophomore campaign.

Adams returned with renewed enthusiasm, earning team Lineman of the Week honors four times while starting all thirteen games at left tackle. The All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection recorded twenty touchdown-resulting blocks, more than any other tackle in the conference in 2010. He was the major reason the Buckeyes had so much success on the ground, finishing 14th in the nation with an average of 220.08 yards per game.

Adams was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 schedule by the NCAA for his involvement in the Ohio State “Tattoo Five” scandal. The left tackle, quarterback Terrelle Pryor, tailback Dan Herron, receiver DeVier Posey and defensive end Solomon Thomas were punished by the NCAA for selling their 2008 Big Ten Conference championship rings memorabilia and taking discounts from a tattoo parlor.

Because the suspensions do not start until next season, all five athletes were allowed to play vs. Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl. A few months later, the scandal would force OSU head coach Jim Tressel to step down. Upon his return from the suspension, in which Adams was ordered to repay the $1,000 he received for the memorabilia, he made up for lost time upon his return, attaining All-Big Ten second-team status, despite appearing in just eight contests.

With Adams back at his left tackle position, the team averaged 214.25 yards per game on the ground. Without the senior in the lineup, the Buckeyes struggled to establish their rushing attack, which averaged 154.2 yards on the sidelines, but that figure included a 224-yard effort vs. one of the worst teams in college football – Akron.

After a 35-yard rushing effort on 39 carries vs. Michigan State, the team’s lowest game output in ten seasons, Adams returned to the lineup, with the Buckeyes instantly responding behind a revived rushing attack that generated over 200 yards in five of their next six contests. Adams would still finish his final campaign with thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 78 knockdowns.

Determined to show pro scouts and coaches that he is worthy of first round consideration, Adams put on quite an impressive show during practices leading up to the 2012 Senior Bowl. What teams saw was a left tackle with the ability to maintain squarely in front of speed rushers and play with a reliable base vs. bull rushers. Throughout the week, he consistently controlled whatever opponent lined up vs. him in one-on-one drills, as he possesses the ability to set up quickly with a naturally wide base.

All-American Dream Team selection (second-team) by The NFL Draft Report…The Dream Team is based on pro potential, according to that scouting information service…Added second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors, despite missing the Buckeyes’ first five games due to an NCAA suspension…Started the final eight contests and once he was back in the lineup, the team’s struggling ground attack suddenly came back to life…
Without Adams, OSU averaged 154.2 yards per game through their first five games, but 224 yards came in the season opener vs. Akron, a team that ranked 108th in the nation in run defense…After the team generated only 35 yards on 35 carries vs. Michigan State, the Buckeyes more than gladly welcomed Adams back to the fold…In his first game back, Adams made two touchdown-resulting blocks as the running unit piled up 243 yards vs. Nebraska…The following week, he helped OSU rush for 211 yards Illinois and then had two more touchdown-resulting blocks as the Buckeyes scored three times rushing and collected 268 yards in an upset win over Wisconsin…With fourteen knockdowns and three touchdown-resulting blocks to his credit, Ohio State exploded for a season-high 346 yards rushing vs. Indiana…Adams would close out the year with thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks and 78 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 308.2 yards per game without their left tackle and 324.38 yards with him in the lineup.

All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice…Started all thirteen games for the only time during his collegiate career, as the left tackle paced thye Buckeyes with an 89.6% grade for blocking consistency, registering 89 knockdowns and 20 touchdown-resulting blocks…The team ranked 11th in the nation in scoring (38.77 ppg), 14th in rushing (220.08 ypg) and 20th in total offense (448.62 ypg).

It was a trying season for Adams, who was suspended for the team’s first two games vs. Navy and Southern California for disciplinary reasons, then returned as a reserve vs. Toledo before starting the next four games (Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Purdue)…The injury bug hit, as Adams suffered a cartilage tear in his knee during practice that required surgery…Missed the next three games vs. Minnesota, New Mexico State and Penn State before suiting up vs. Iowa, but did not play and was also sidelined for the final two contests vs. Michigan and Oregon.

Adams was a reserve offensive tackle, appearing in four games during an injury-plagued season…Was in and out of the lineup during the first half of the schedule while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery…Played in the season opener vs. Youngstown State and the following week vs. Ohio University, but sat out the Southern California and Wisconsin clashes (coach’s decision)…Appeared briefly vs. Purdue, replacing an injured Alex Boone at left tackle, but after just two plays, Adams limped off the field with a foot sprain that sidelined him for the second half, along with missing the Buckeyes’ final six contests.

2008 Season…Was limited in preseason drills and early during the first half of the schedule while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery…Sustained a season-ending left foot injury vs. Purdue, sitting out the final six contests.
2009 Season…Bothered in early October, missing practices leading up to the Wisconsin game, as he was one of several Buckeyes battling a swine-like flu. Teams across the country dealt with star players missing time due to the illness. OSU head coach Jim Tressel said. “I don\’t think it\’s under control because it\’s not under control with the general population. That\’s just part of the deal, so you try to get your rest and try to take care of yourself and wash your hands as much as you can.”…Adams suffered a cartilage tear in his knee prior to the Minnesota contest, undergoing arthroscopic surgery that would sideline him for the final six games.

5.40 in the 40-yard dash…1.92 10-yard dash…3.03 20-yard dash…4.95 20-yard shuttle…
7.94 three-cone drill…28 ½-inch vertical jump…8’4” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 19 times…34-inch arm length…10 7/8-inch hands…82 ¾-inch wingspan.

Adams attended Dublin-Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, playing football for Shamrocks head coach Mark Crabtree…Regarded as the nation’s top offensive tackle prospect by ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals.com, Prep Star and Super Prep, Adams led the team to a 13-1 record, ranking second in the state and ninth nationally during his senior year…
An All-Ohio pick as a junior and senior, he added All-Ohio Capital Conference, All-Metro, and All-District each of those seasons…Was selected Parade and EA Sports All-American in 2007…Was the top-rated player on the Detroit Free Press “Best of the Midwest” team and chosen USA Today All-USA…Competed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Criminology major…Born 3/10/90…Resides in Dublin, Ohio.

  • Cody

    Love that pick, steelers really doing great getting steals in this draft. Viewed Adams as a first round talent but did not want him in first round. To get him in the second, Colbert should be arrested for robbery the way this draft is playing out. Massive tackle this line could be potential top 10 to top 5 in the next two years. Kevin Colbert is the best GM in the NFL and this just proves it.

    Gilbert Colon Pouncey DeCastro Adams has a nice lock to it.

  • Reader783

    I don’t know. Too many off the field issues for my liking. I think that Massie would have been a better choice at that point. I agree that Adams is the better player on the field, but the work ethic and off the field issues appear to be a downside for Adams.

  • Terry C.

    Terrible pick, this guy is an idiot. Seriously you cannot get an dumber than testing positive at the combine. Also his bench press was pathetic at the combine, you would think someone who was suspended for 5 games would have spent some time in the gym. Dude is lazy, will be off the team in 2 years

  • El Yeah

    In Colbert I trust. First of all, the talent value on the kid had to be absolutely off the charts for them. They brought both Adams and Massie in for visits, so their talent assessment couldn’t have even been close, otherwise they would have taken Massie without thinking twice. He must be a truly elite talent in comparison to who else was available, otherwise they wouldn’t have even considered him. Hines was able to keep Santonio in line long enough to win a SB – hopefully there are enough solid character guys on this team to keep him in line as well. Colbert won’t be enthusiastic in the press conference, because they want the kid to earn it. We’ll see. Perhaps Ben can teach him a thing or two about second chances…

  • Guest

    Cannot take him. He is everything you don’t want to draft beyond his natural ability. No work ethic, a liar, and a drug problem. Take Massie or Osemele and it is a great start to the draft. He will be off the team in 18 months.

  • SteelersBall

    Is it true that Adams already has a first strike. Second strike meaning a four game suspension?

  • r4kolb

    Dave? Your thoughts on this pick? I really am surprised they did this. You think they would have learned their lesson with Santonio wat up Holmes. Not to mention our D is going to be a shell of it’s former self due to getting older and losses.

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    Admas looked way better than Massie in the limited amount of film I saw. I’d like to see them start him off on the left. We know Scott can’t play there and the jury is still out on Gilbert on that side. The pot doesn’t bother me, but combined with other issues makes me hope the Steelers really looked hard at him. I like ganging up on a position in one draft.

  • @TheBurghReport (Eric Brill)

    This is tough to figure out. If the Steelers took him off their board he should have stayed there but at the same time if Colbert and Tomlin trust than he is either extremely manipulative or sincere. They’re not stupid so I have to assume that they know what they’re doing. From a potential standpoint this could be great. He has 1st round talent if he keeps his head straight so we’ll see. This could end up being a draft that we look back on as being one where we drafted two pro bowlers in the the first two rounds (Like the 07 one) or Adams will bust, we’ll get rid of him in the next 4 years and say “ok that was stupid.” Taking Massie would have been safer but Adams has great potential. The guy I’d have preferred most would have been Lavonte David but its too late now.
    BTW Dave, I asked you earlier today on Twitter about what you would think of us taking Mike Adams in the 2nd. You didn’t respond…oh well.
    Check, look for @TheBurghReport

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    So torn on this pick, personally I would have stayed away but only time will tell. My initial reaction was disappointment but he has the potential to be a great LEFT tackle and will push Gilbert back to his regular position next year

  • Derick

    Rich Walsh- “Colbert just said Adams was off the Steelers draft board until he asked for meeting with team and proved them wrong”
    very interesting.

  • SteelersDepot

    I disagree. Thought Massie looked MUCH better on tape. Especially in run blocking.

  • dgh57

    Kevin Colbert WOWED me in the 1st rd now he just UNWOWED me!!!

    We’ll just have to wait to see how this works out!

    How about a NG or ILB in the 3td!!

  • r4kolb

    how can you say the pot dont bother you. he knew the test was gonna be and still couldnt control himself? sounds like a dumas to me. time will tell.

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    I’m sure you saw more tape than me so I respectfully defer, but I didn’t think Massie had the athleticism for left side. Taking O-line 2X is good. Hope it works out like Timmons-Woodley.

  • Jefferson St. Joe

    Warren Sapp, Randy Moss, Percy Harvin, Aaron Hernandez all had pot on their record and fell in the draft.

  • Reader783

    Dave, do you know what happened to Massie? I mean this guy was ranked 42, 39, 33, 27, etc. in various mock drafts and pre-draft rankings and has, at this point, slid past 88. I mean did he have an injury, bad interview, anything like that? I just don’t think I have ever seen a guy slide 50 spots without reason. I thought we might have taken him in the 3rd round to compete for a job

  • Reader783

    Colbert must have seen something we didn’t. I mean Massie has slid over 50 spots, there must be something we are missing that all the the GM’s and scouts are seeing.

  • PoKey21

    Micheal Phelps smoked pot. He only broke the Olympic record for gold medals in a single olympics. First round talent in the 2nd, we are in desperate need of Olinemen, and people were talking about taking him in the first until the failed test. No one know what draft picks will and will not pan out. Bottom line the steeler just turned one of the worst offensive lines in the league the last 5 years into one that could be elite for the next decade.

  • Sonny

    Way better than Massie, Massie is a 5th rd pick

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Value Great…risk is high…not only off field but also he has been injured quite a bit…this will be a homerun or a strike out

  • Guest

    Yeah, but they didn’t smoke knowing they 100% had a drug test for the combine and then lie to every single team about the last time they smoked. That is a much bigger issue than failing a previous drug test. Failing the combine test shows that you have awful judgement and can’t be trusted.

  • Pete

    Pot stays in your system for months. He’s not a chemist, obviously. If Colbert felt it was worth the risk and he thinks the kid is worth it, that’s good enough for me.

  • PoKey21

    Could him saying he will defer his signing bonus for the first year and a half have anything to do with this lol? Seriously though the steelers have more cap problems than almost any other team? What salary cap affects would someone deferring a signing bonus have? I know someone on this site is like a salary cap guru. Let me hear what you think??

  • Guest

    No it does not and he told all the teams it had been 3 years since he smoked. He was 100% lying and smoking. At most enough is in your system to trigger a positive test for a month. Still means he smoked after his season, while he was training for the draft. Plus, remember he wasn’t making a Pro or stay decision. He KNEW he was going to the combine and draft for a year.

  • Horrible pick. Absolutely horrible. As great as the 1st round pick of David DeCastro was, this 2nd round pick was equally as bad. Adams is a king moron. For those who say he “just made a mistake”, think again. He failed drug tests twice at Ohio State, got arrested for suspicion of having weed in his possession (charges eventually dropped) and last but not least, he tested positively for weed at the NFL Combine. I mean, how stupid do you have to be to test positive for drugs at the combine? Players know a full year ahead of time EXACTLY when the combine will be and this guy still can’t stay clean for it? Speaks volumes about this guy’s character. And he wants his Ohio State teammates to vouch for his good character? LOL this guy is full of crap. I couldn’t care less that he was supposedly a Steeler fan growing up. This isn’t just one mistake he made, it’s a pattern of stupidity/carelessness.

    All this and I haven’t even gotten into his mediocre play on the field. People supposedly see this “great upside” with him, but I see nothing of the sort. This guy has a reputation for being soft, lazy and having major league issues with speed rushers. Not only is this a problem, but another problem I’ve noticed on tape is he tips to the opposing defense when Ohio State would throw the ball (like the way a pitcher can tip his pitches). This is a VERY high risk pick with what will at best be a mid-reward return. If the team wanted to take a character risk player, they should have just dealt way up and taken Janoris Jenkins. No, I wouldn’t have wanted Jenkins on the Steelers either. However, at least with Jenkins, if he pans out, the Rams will have themselves a low-end #1 or a high end #2 type of corner on their hands. If Adams pans out, his upside is Max Starks. Nothing against Starks, he was solid while he was here, but he was far from a franchise left tackle. Adams will NEVER be a franchise left tackle and I seriously doubt he’ll even reach the level Starks reached. Bad, bad pick.

  • To add on, why did Colbert take a chance on this moron with Brandon Brooks, Kelechi Osemele and Bobby Massie STILL on the board? To add insult to this God awful pick, Massie is STILL there after three full rounds. All three of these guys would have brought MUCH less risk and at least two of them (Brooks, Osemele) have a MUCH bigger upside on top of it. Screw this pick.

  • Cahboom909

    2nd rated tackle maybe the best pass protector, needs str and to work on run blocking. Possibility to be the best lt since long. Don’t quit your daytime job btw.

  • mokhkw

    Love the Pick. As far as any red-flags, Holmes didn’t have any & look how that turned out – it’s impossible to judge at this stage but I don’t have any concerns with a Player who tests for mary-jane in college. All you can do is hope he matures into a NFL Player. No doubt Colbert got some input from Cam Heyward before pulling the trigger.

    It’s going to be very interesting seeing how this plays out. I see Adams as a RT, but does he play some Guard in year one? Does Colon go to LG? Is Starks re-signed? Is Tony Hills released?

    I haven’t felt this excited about the group we have on OL since 2005. My ideal line-up would be Gilbert-Colon-Pouncey-DeCastro-Adams backed up by Starks (T), Foster(G) & Lugerskey(C/G).

  • Harold

    This is a great comment because it acknowledges the fact that we (as fans) don’t know all of the information. Colbert does. And weighing all the facts together, he determined Adams was worth the risk. That’s not saying he’s sure Adams will pan out but Colbert picked him over every other “good character” prospect at 2.24. That should tell us something.

  • Wdmason

    Hes a Steeler now and I see no reason to continue bad mouthing him. We need to accept him now and hope for the best. Do we know if it was a urine, hair or saliva test? I think months is very possible and maybe even second hand smoke.

  • woodyherman

    I know Mike as he roomed with my friends son, JB SHUGARTS. After sitting with both tackles after games and spending alot of time talking mike is a great kid and a hard worker.
    I watched every play of his and JB’s college career. I tivo the games and watch every play 3-4 times, so i can see where in the line we had a breadown or where we made a key block. Mike played left tackle, he never took a play off, he faced all kinds of stunts and delayed blitz’s, the Steeler’s have a real talent.
    As far a bench presses a guy with arms as long as mikes it totally differnet than a guy with shorter arms. It is all about leverage and foot work and Mike is a tremendous athlete.
    Time will tell but Colbert makes good decisions and we need a strong left tackle-
    Also i do not know many 20 year olds that have not made mistakes, myself included. All the negative discussion on this board is directed towards the men who have made the Steelers a proud organization to be a fan of. Mike wanted to be a Steeler, He is a Steeler, and barring injury we will have a solid lineman for the next 10 years. The Steeler line will be responsible for the next Lombardi