NFL Draft: Steelers Nab Adams, Posey Headed to Houston
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — There were no Buckeyes taken on day one of the 2012 NFL Draft, but day two proved to be much more fruitful for Ohio State products.
Photo by Dan Harker
Despite missing large chunks of their senior seasons in Columbus, offensive tackle Mike Adams and wide receiver DeVier Posey both came off the board on the second day of the 77th NFL entry draft, which was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Projected as a potential late pick in the first round before the NFL Scouting Combine back in February, Adams fell to the 24th pick in the second round (No. 56 overall) before the Pittsburgh Steelers snatched him up.
Posey didn’t have to wait much longer to hear his name called.
The Cincinnati LaSalle product had been projected as a fourth or fifth-round pick by most draft experts after missing 10 games this past season, but the Houston Texans were not afraid to grab Posey with the fifth pick in the third round (No. 68 overall).
Photo by Dan Harker
Two pillars of Ohio State’s 2008 recruiting class, Adams and Posey are both former 5-star prospects from Ohio.
A 6-8, 320-pounder from Dublin, Ohio, and Dublin Coffman High School, Adams has been one of the premier left tackles in the Big Ten Conference for the past two seasons. He was named first-team all-Big Ten as a junior and he picked up second-team honors in 2011 by both the coaches and media while playing in only seven games.
It appeared as though teams were willing to overlook the fact Adams was suspended for five games at the start of his senior season for accepting improper benefits, but then Adams reportedly failed a drug test administered at the combine in Indianapolis.
It looked like that failed drug test might cause Adams to fall from a potential late first-round pick all the way to the third round, but the Steelers were in desperate need of some offensive line help.
Their line was decimated by injuries a year ago, and they used their first-round pick to select David DeCastro, an offensive guard out of Stanford. With only two offensive tackles listed on the active roster, Adams could compete for a starting spot as a rookie in the fall.
Adams is the first Ohio State offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft since Kirk Barton went to the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. The Dublin Coffman product was a starter for parts of three seasons at Ohio State, where he started 25 of his 31 collegiate games. He started every game in which he played in 2010 (13) and 2011 (seven), and he closed his career by starting in his final 23 games.
In Pittsburgh, Adams will join former Ohio State teammate Cameron Heyward, a player who used to torment Adams in practice early in his career. According to the Steelers’ official roster, Adams will also join former Buckeye quarterback Troy Smith.
The former Heisman Trophy winner signed with the Steelers on January 20, 2012.
As for Posey, the 6-1 wideout from Cincinnati LaSalle closed out his career with 136 career receptions for 1,955 yards, numbers that rank sixth and eighth, respectively, all-time among Ohio State receivers.
He also scored 18 receiving touchdowns to rank seventh on the all-time list. He is a four-year letter-winner (2008-11) who played in 41 games, started 29 games and had a reception in each of his final 30 games played. He had six 100-yard receiving games, the eighth-most in school history.
Adams and Posey are not expected to be the last Buckeyes to hear their names drafted this weekend. Center Michael Brewster is projected to be an early selection Saturday, going in the fourth or fifth round, while tailback Daniel “Boom” Herron is being projected as a fifth or sixth round pick.
Linebacker Andrew Sweat is the other OSU player who could hear his name before the 2012 draft is over.
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