April 28, 2012

Adams, Posey get drafted

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After no Ohio State Buckeyes went on Day 1 of the NFL Draft, two had their janmes called at Radio City Music Hall on the second day within a dozen picks of each other. Offensive lineman Mike Adams went to the Pittsburgh Steelers with pick No. 56, while the Houston Texans selected wide receiver DeVier Posey with the fifth pick of the third round - 68th overall.

Adams and Posey were both suspended for parts of their senior season after violating NCAA rules. Adams then tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Draft Combine in February. It likely cost Adams from being picked in the first round.

Instead he went to the Steelers with the 24th pick of the second round. But Adams was just fine with that.

"Coming back home to the steele city baby!" he tweeted after the selection. Adams lived in Pittsburgh before moving to Dublin.

His selection ended a dubious streak of not having a Buckeye lineman drafted. Kirk Barton, in 2008, was the last member of the Ohio State offensive line to be selected. It's indicative of the line problems Buckeye fans have complained about for years.

Pittsburgh executives crossed the 6-foot-7, 232-pound Adams off their list after he tested positive. But Adams reached out to the organization to explain himself. It worked.

The Steelers set guidelines for Adams to meet, including mandatory counseling.
"We didn't call him, he called us," Pittsburgh General Manager Kevin Colbert said. "Had he not called us, this may not have occurred.

"It's more a risk than we're usually comfortable in taking but again because he was forthcoming, because he took matters and met our criteria, we're comfortable in taking the risk."

One reason the Steelers were so comfortable with taking a risk was due to their success with other Buckeyes. Adams became the 20th OSU player selected by Pittsburgh and the fourth in the past three drafts. Cameron Heyward, Thaddeus Gibson and Doug Worthington all went from 2009-2011.

As Adams' stock fell, Posey's rose. He had been projected to go on Day 3 of the draft. Posey's senior season was supposed to be his final statement campaign that could elevate him to a first-round pick. That quickly went sour after he was suspended for 10 games.

"It was something I learned my lessons from, I'm moving forward," Posey said. "It's made me a better man and a better person. I'm just excited just to get down to Houston and get to work."

Despite his troubles, Posey was the model teammate throughout the 2011 season. He worked on the scout team for nine weeks and was a constant presence in the Buckeyes' young receiving corps ears.

"He made a mistake," Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "We all checked with whoever we could and we all felt pretty comfortable that it was a mistake he made, he worked hard and still went to practice the entire year, even though he only played a few games. He made a mistake and he learned from that."

The wide receiver position has not experienced a draft downturn like the offensive line. Posey was the 17th receiver selected in the past 20 years.

Adams and Posey are expected to step in this season and make an impact on their new teams. Pittsburgh and Houston both made the playoffs last season.

Center Michael Brewster, running back Dan Herron, linebacker Andrew Sweat and special teams ace Nate Ebner are all final day draft possibilities.


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