Mike Adams

Mike Adams disappoints in Steelers debut

The Pittsburgh Steelers gambled on Mike Adams in the 2nd round of the draft, taking a chance on a guy who never lived up to lofty expectations at Ohio State and who failed a drug test at the combine.

So far, it’s a gamble that hasn’t paid off. Adams was forced into action when Marcus Gilbert went down with an injury early in the Steelers Sunday night loss in Denvar. One the third play of his career, he was called for a penalty. He then went on to allow one sack and two hurries, according to Pro Football Focus.

Adams clearly has the size and athleticism to play at this level, but he’s never demonstrated the consistency necessary to handle the demands of the NFL. Gibert is expected to play this week against the Jets, so Adams will be back on the bench. But his performance certainly doesn’t instill confidence should Gilbert or left tackle Max Starks go down at any point this year.

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Mike Adams’ job already in jeopardy?

The Pittsburgh Steelers handed the starting left tackle job to 2nd-round pick Mike Adams, but after a shaky debut his job may be on the line.

In a span of just nine plays Adams allowed 2.5 sacks. He then suffered a knee injury which will keep him out of the Steelers next preseason game, preventing him from quick redemption. To make matters worse, the Steelers have activated veteran Max Starks from the PUP list.

While the Steelers haven’t publicly stated that Adams’ job is on the line, this recent series of events certainly doesn’t bode well for him. After all, Adams isn’t a 1st-rounder who entered camp with high expectations. He’s physically gifted, but had a reputation at Ohio State for being lazy and doing just enough to get by on the field. He needs these preseason games to prove he’s matured and can handle the pressure of the NFL.

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Draft Grades: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers take the smart, patient approach to the draft almost every year and it is one of the key reasons why they are perennial contenders. While other teams reach to fill needs, the Steelers sit back and wait for someone to fall into their lap.

This year was no different as the Steelers landed David DeCastro, who will step into an immediate starting role and should be a key piece to their offensive line for the next decade.

Mike Adams was a calculated risk in the 2nd round. He’s had a number of off-field issues, including a failed drug test at the combine, and on the field often looks lazy and disinterested. But the Steelers did their homework on Adams and apparently feel comfortable bringing him aboard. He perfectly fits the mold of the type of lineman they like, so if they can keep him motivated, he’ll be a steal.

I was surprised by the selection of Sean Spence because I’m not sure how he fits into the scheme in Pittsburgh. He’s sort of a strong safety/linebacker ‘tweener, which made him an ideal fit at weak-side linebacker in a 4-3 defense. But in Pittsburgh he’ll be forced to play inside. I have a hard time envisioning him as anything more than a special teams guy in Pittsburgh.

Alameda Ta’amu is another prospect who perfectly fits the Steelers scheme, but also comes with a lot of questions. Ta’amu is an elite talent, but can’t stay in football shape. He’s battled weight issues since high school and it’s tough to break those habits once you’ve reached this level.

Chris Rainey is an explosive offensive weapon. It will be interesting to see how the Steelers use him because they really haven’t had a player with his skill set in the Roethlisberger era.

Toney Clemons has the size the Steelers need at receiver, but he’s a longshot to make the final roster cuts.

I really like David Paulson but he’ll have a tough time finding a job in Pittsburgh. He’s a good fit for their offensive scheme, but Heath Miller and Leonard Pope already have two roster spots locked up. He’ll compete with Weslye Saunders for a job, but there’s no guarantee that either makes the final cuts.

Terrence Frederick will compete for a backup job with Cortez Allen, Walter McFadden and others.

Kelvin Beachum is a versatile lineman, which could help him earn one of the final spots on the offensive line. His upside may be limited, but he could carve out a career as a backup.

Overall, this was a fairly strong draft for the Steelers. They only landed one guy who projects as a guaranteed future starter (DeCastro), but Adams and Ta’amu have the upside to potentially develop into steals down the road.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Draft Grades - 2012, Steelers 1 Comment

Mike Adams scouting report

Mike Adams OT Ohio State #75
Ht: 6’7″

Wt: 323

Elite size and strength. Prototypical left tackle. Has the size to engulf most defensive ends. An impressive natural athlete for the position. Strong fundamentals in pass protection. Has a nice study base to anchor against the bull rush. Quick out of his stance. Has excellent footwork and can easily slide outside with athletic edge rushers. Has the ability to easily get to the second level and beyond. Strong upper body allows him to get a good pop on smaller pass rushers, often tossing them aside with a quick jab. Has the size to dominate as a run blocker; does a nice job staying low despite his impressive height. Showed a steady improvement throughout his career.
Lacks the killer instinct; seems to be content to keep pass rushers at bay without ever finishing them off. Awareness is suspect; doesn’t always know what to do when not engaged immediately off the snap; needs to do a better job identifying when to slide over to help left guard when there isn’t an immediate threat on the outside. Suspended for five games for his role in Ohio State tattoo scandal. Suspended for two games in 2009 after being arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia; charges were late dropped. Suffered season-ending foot injury in 2008. Had shoulder surgery during 2008 offseason. Missed time in 2009 after undergoing knee surgery.
In terms of his performance, there’s very little not to love about Adams game. Physically he has everything you could ask for in a left tackle, and he is generally fundamentally sound as well. The major flaw in his game, however, is the mental aspect. He simply doesn’t play like he wants to be great. He has the size to be a dominant force but he rarely finishes off his blocks, instead elected to do just enough to keep his man at bay. He consistently gets the job done, but you have to wonder what is holding him back from taking his game to the next level.
2011 vs Illinois (video is of Mike Brewster, Adams is #75)
2011 vs Michigan 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 2 Comments