The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to improve their offensive line by selecting Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
From a need standpoint, the pick made sense. However, I was still surprised to here Adams’ name announced by the Steelers.
From a talent standpoint, most experts viewed Mike Adams as a 1st round pick. But from a character standpoint, it was an entirely different picture. That’s why this pick surprised me.
The Steelers typically give character more weight than other teams do when they evaluate players. And Mike Adams brings serious character questions to the team.
Adams was one of the five Ohio State players who were suspended for the first 5 games of the 2011 season for selling his Big Ten championship ring. He also tested positive for marijuana several times while at Ohio State. To make matters even worse, he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Scouting Combine. How stupid was that??!!!
After dealing with Santonio Holmes, I assumed that the Steelers would shy away from a player with a reputation for being a marijuana smoker. But apparently Adams’ talent was too good to pass over.
Adams is a huge kid. He stands 6’7″, and weighs 323 lbs. Moreover, he played against very respectable talent in the Big 10.
Adams was generally considered to be one of the top 5 offensive tackles in this years draft. He’s a solid blocker who was well-coached at Ohio State. He excels at pulling and trapping. He’s athletic enough to stay with speed rushers, and big enough to handle bull rushers. In every way, he looks the part of an NFL offensive tackle.
But despite his physical characteristics, Adams sometimes plays soft. He lacks the nasty temperament that you’d like to see out of your offensive linemen. His motivation and work ethic have been questioned in the past. So the Steelers will have to make sure that they surround him with veteran players who will motivate and guide him, and ultimately turn him into a Steelers-type player.
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