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My Thoughts on Posey and Adams
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It is crazy to think Mike Adams was the first Ohio State offensive lineman taken in the NFL Draft since Kirk Barton went to the Chicago Bears back in 2008.

Kirk Barton
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Kirk Barton

He was a seventh-round draft pick.

Guys like Alex Boone, Jim Cordle, Justin Boren and Bryant Browning have all signed contracts as undrafted free agents, but the last time the Buckeyes had an offensive lineman taken higher than the seventh round was 2006.

That is six years ago.

It was the draft where Nick Mangold went No. 29 overall to the New York Jets. The Seattle Seahawks also drafted Rob Sims in the fourth round that same year.

Until Adams officially hits the practice field with the Pittsburgh Steelers this fall, there are a total of five OSU linemen on active NFL rosters. That includes Cordle (Giants) and Boren (Ravens), both of whom were called up from the practice squads late last season.

The others are Mangold (Jets), Sims (Lions) and Boone (49ers).

Michael Brewster will likely join them. He’s expected to come off the board in the fourth or fifth round tomorrow, and J.B. Shugarts could get a look as undrafted free agent if no team picks him up in the draft.

About DeVier Posey…

DeVier Posey makes a play against Michigan
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DeVier Posey

1. Thought Posey was a great pick by the Texans and Houston is a great landing spot for him. I said on the radio Thursday that Posey could be a sleeper pick to go higher than expected if one team really liked him, and I was right.

2. Posey has good size, excellent strength and enough speed to get open in the NFL. He is an outstanding route-runner, and cornerbacks will not be able to jam him at the line of scrimmage.

3. Despite the suspensions and character concerns, Posey has always been a hard-worker and a guy who is well-liked in the locker room. Coaches love being around Posey, and it comes as no surprise that someone went out and grabbed him early in the third round.

4. His hands and concentration have always been the biggest questions marks, but my guess is Posey will soak up a lot of information from Andre Johnson and do well for himself in Houston.

5. Most Ohio State fans are still angry with Posey, but I will always remember him as a well-spoken kid who was nice to the media and would talk openly on just about any subject. That included his own mistakes.

About Mike Adams…

1. Still not sure about Mike Adams as an NFL left tackle, but if anyone's going to turn him into a player, it's the Steelers. It didn’t work with Thad Gibson, for whatever reason, but I still think Cam Heyward will end up being a good NFL player in Pittsburgh.

Mike Adams
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Mike Adams

2. They haven’t had a lot of big-name offensive linemen, but they have a culture of winning in Pittsburgh that pretty much forces guys to buy in. They only have two offensive tackles on the current roster, so Adams should have a real shot at competing for a starting spot on one of the better teams in the league.

3. Adams certainly has the size, footwork, knee-bend and athleticism to be successful. He is 6-8, 310 pounds and he is built like a defensive end. There hasn’t been an ounce of fat on that guy’s body since his freshman year at Ohio State.

4. Strength and work ethic are the main question marks. Adams only put up 19 reps on the bench press at the NFL Combine back in February. That’s not the biggest deal, because Adams does have long arms, which are great for playing offensive tackle.

5. The concern is whether he only put up 19 reps because he didn’t work hard enough in the weight room. That has been the knock on Adams since he arrived at OSU as a 5-star prospect out of Dublin Coffman.

6. Everyone loves him when they first see him, but Adams will only be successful at the next level if he develops a John Simon-esque work ethic. Having Cam Heyward, a notoriously hard worker, on his team should help.

7. He should also probably put down the pipe and get serious about football. Just an idea, but anyone who fails a drug test at the combine could use a friendly reminder.

Related Article: Adams, Posey Draft Story

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