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2012 draft was a big one


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Maybe the Steelers aren’t in a rebuilding mode, as General Manager Kevin Colbert has said on several occasions, but the team ended up using the 2012 NFL Draft to add a bunch of pieces to fortify th...

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Steelers Get a Steal? Grab Florida RB Rainey in Fifth Round


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The Steelers took Florida RB Chris Rainey in the 5th round on Saturday, and some are already saying they got a steal with the back, who compared himself to shifty Saints back Darren Sproles.

Florida’s Chris Rainey is one of the best athletes in the 2012 NFL draft, and the only player who won three different events at the Scouting Combine. As the 159th overall pick to the Steelers late in the fifth round, he could prove to be a steal.

Rainey was the overall leader at the Combine in the 60-yard shuttle (11.06 seconds), 20-yard shuttle (3.93 seconds) and three-cone drill (6.50 seconds), and although there are questions about his size (5-foot-8 and 180 pounds) and off-field issues (he was arrested in 2010 for stalking an ex-girlfriend), there’s no question that Rainey is an elite athlete who can make plays with the ball in his hands, as a runner, receiver or returner.

At the Combine Rainey compared himself to Darren Sproles as an athlete and said he’d like to have that kind of impact in the league. He also vowed to be a hard worker on special teams, not just as a return man but running down the field covering kicks, and trying to block kicks.

Here’s a quick scouting report on Rainey:

2010: Suspended after being charged with aggravated stalking in September for sending a former girlfriend a threatening text message, pled to misdemeanor agreed to community service, anger management counseling … Appeared in eight games, starting six…Played wide receiver primarily, but shifted back to running back at times to aid UF’s injury-depleted running back group…had 51 carries for 366 yards (7.2 avg) as well as 25 receptions for 216 yards (8.6 avg.)…Led the Gators with three receiving touchdowns and had two on the ground…Matched UF’s career record for blocked kicks with two versus Vanderbilt, giving him four in his career. 2009: Saw action in all 14 games in 2009, including starts against Kentucky, LSU and Arkansas on Homecoming…Rushed 89 times for 575 yards (6.5 avg.) and scored five touchdowns…Also had 10 receptions for 161 yards (16.1 avg.) and one receiving touchdown…As one of UF’s punt and kickoff returners, returned four punts for 40 yards (10.0 avg.) and five kickoffs for 144 yards (28.8 avg.) during the season… Ranked second among running backs on the Gators’ squad with his 575 total rushing yards…2008: Played in all 14 games during his redshirt freshman season, tallying 84 rushes for 652 yards on the ground, including four touchdowns…SEC All-Freshman selection. 2007: Received a medical hardship…Appeared in the first four games before a shoulder injury ended his season….Finished the season with one rush for 10 yards, one punt return for 22 yards and one kickoff return of 39 yards. Other: Also competed with the UF track team in the spring indoor season in 2010.

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Steelers Begin 3rd Day Of 2012 NFL Draft

NEW YORK (KDKA) – The third day of the 2012 NFL Draft got underway Saturday morning.

The Steelers continued to address needs in the fourth round by taking Washington State defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu.

According to NFL.com, Ta’amu will be best served as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.

In the fifth round, the Steelers drafted running back Chris Rainey from the Florida Gators.

This past season, Rainey rushed for 861 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 31 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns. Size could be an issue with Rainey at 5-feet-8-inches tall, but he can make people miss with his speed and agility.

The Steelers traded their sixth round pick, and then had four picks in the seventh round.

First, they selected local kid Toney Clemons from Valley High School in New Kensington. He played receiver at Colorado.

Then, they took tight end, David Paulson from Oregon. Six picks later, it was Terrence Frederick, a corner from Texas A&M. Finally, with the 248th pick of the draft, five shy of being Mr. Irrelevant, the Steelers picked up offensive guard Kelvin Beachum from Southern Methodist.

On Thursday, the Steelers selected Stanford guard David DeCastro in the first round.

On Friday, the Steelers turned heads by taking Ohio State tackle Mike Adams who was wrapped up in the Ohio State scandal with Terrelle Pryor.

He was one of the five Buckeyes caught up in that scandal along with Terrelle Pryor which resulted in him being suspended for five games last year.

Adams was caught with drug paraphernalia back in 2009 and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine in February.

In the third round, the Steelers chose Sean Spence, a linebacker out of Miami.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Add Mike Adams with 2nd Pick in 2012 NFL Draft


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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should have a smile a mile long after knowing that his team has added more protection up front for him. Pittsburgh used their first two picks of the 2012 NFL Draft on two highly rated offensive linemen.
After drafting Stanford University guard David DeCastro with the 24th overall pick, the Steelers stayed focused on the offensive line and selected Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams.
Despite missing five games last season due to a suspension, Adams still managed to be named to the 2011 second-team All Big Ten team, and to become one of the top offensive linemen in this year’s draft.
With Adams, a Pennsylvania native, DeCastro, and third-year Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey on the offensive line, the Steelers should have one of the best o-lines in the NFL for years to come.
For the 56th overall pick, playing for the Steelers was a dream come true. This is what was posted on the Steelers’ official website after being drafted:
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Press Conference – 4th Round – John Mitchell

The Steelers traded up in the fourth round to draft DT Alameda Ta'amu from Washington. Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Line coach John Mitchell addresses the media about Ta'amu.

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Steelers Select Make 2nd, 3rd Round Draft Picks

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers selected another offensive lineman in the draft.

Mike Adams, a tackle from Ohio State, was the team’s second-round pick.

A couple months ago, Adams was projected to be a first-round pick, but he’s had some character issues to deal with.

He was one of the five Buckeyes caught up in that scandal along with Terrelle Pryor that saw him suspended for five games last year.

Adams was caught with drug paraphernalia back in 2009 and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine in February.

As a result, he plummeted way down most teams’ draft boards and wasn’t even on the Steelers’ until he contacted them, asking for a meeting with Kevin Colbert, Art Rooney II and Mike Tomlin.

He convinced them he was worth another look.

In the third round, the Steelers chose Sean Spence, a linebacker out of Miami. Linebackers coach Keith Butler said he expects Spence to play inside linebacker, backing up Lawrence Timmons.

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Mike Adams Was Off, Then Back On Steelers Draft Board

For those that think the Steelers just glazed over the Mike Adams situation with lying about pot, think again. PFT reports that he Steelers had him off their draft board after the story of him lying at the combine came to light, but Adams did what was asked to get back to the Steelers putting him back on their board.

“We were point-blank with him,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We said, ‘Mike, you’re off our board.’“

So why did the Steelers draft Adams on Friday night?

“He sought us out,” Colbert said. “He requested a face-to-face with me, Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin, and we presented it to him: These are the stipulations that you have to accomplish for consideration for us to draft you, which the young man did. He met our criteria, met our stipulations.”

Colbert declined to say precisely what those stipulations were, but Adams did enough of the right things between the Combine and the draft that he got himself back on the board. And Adams said he’s thrilled about that.

“I’m just happy to be a Steeler and very relieved that it’s all over,” Adams said. “I love this organization and I’m glad to be a part of it. Ever since I imagined playing in the NFL, the Steelers are the team I wanted. I grew up in Farrell, Pa., and when I was 4 years old my entire bedroom was Pittsburgh Steelers stuff. So it was important for me to reach out to them.”

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When Value Meets Need, it Just Doesn’t Get Any Better Than That

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In the weeks and months leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, the general consensus among people in the know (or at least in the opinion) was that the Steelers were going to use the 24th pick in the first round to select inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower from Alabama.

With the departing James Farrior, Hightower would be a natural choice to eventually step in and take over the role as quarterback of the defense.

Inside linebacker was obviously a need, and why not go with Hightower? He's a good character guy, and a fairly safe pick despite the concern over his major knee injury from a few years back.

However, the offensive line was also a major need for the Steelers going into this year's draft (specifically guard), and there was some talk of maybe going with Cordy Glenn of Georgia or Kevin Zeitler of Wisconsin. They were among the top ranked guards in this year's crop, but they weren't David DeCastro from Stanford. He was the highest ranked guard, and as Neal Coolong suggests, maybe one the best overall prospects in the entire draft. He was projected to go in the top 10 or 15, no way would the Steelers have a shot at him, right?

Every year, there seems to be a few things that throw the draft universe off kilter a bit. Last night was no exception. In at least a few mock drafts that I saw, DeCastro was projected to go 11th to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, instead of going with the can't miss guard, the Chiefs went with the work-out darling and selected nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick. I'll give them that. Nose tackle's are at a premium in today's 3/4 heavy NFL, and Poe's raw potential is just too enticing to pass up.

Surely, DeCastro wouldn't last much beyond the 15th pick in the first round, though, right? Well, thanks to the Seattle Seahawks, who became the winners of this year's "Whoa, Didn't See That Coming/What the Hell Were They Thinking?" award after selecting troubled defense end Bruce Irvin out of West Virginia, DeCastro made it past the mid-way point of the first round, and he just kept slipping and slipping.

He slipped by the Cleveland Browns, who had the 22nd pick and selected a 28 year old quarterback, instead.

DeCastro slipped by the Lions at 23, who went with an offensive lineman, but it was tackle Riley Reiff out of Iowa.

Now the Steelers found themselves in the enviable position of having the pick of the litter.

I don't know what the Steelers were thinking the past few weeks, and I don't know who was the highest ranked player on their board. Maybe Hightower was the man they had in mind up until the very end, but there was just no passing on DeCastro.

As the title suggests, it isn't often that the best player available and a chance to fill a major need come together as perfectly as it did last night for Pittsburgh. The Steelers have had a very high success rate with their first round picks under gm Kevin Colbert.

We're obviously at least a few years away from knowing this for sure, but the selection of DeCastro should go a long way towards ensuring that the success rate continues to flourish.

Thank you, crazy draft universe.



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Steelers Second Round Pick: OT Mike Adams

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Despite his reported issues with speed rushers, as well as off-the-field concerns including testing positive for marijuana at the NFL Combine, if Mike Adams is anything, he's gutsy.

It was reported the Steelers had taken Adams off their draft board after news of his failed drug test broke. Adams hopped in a car and drove to Pittsburgh to talk to the Steelers, and own up to his mistake.

Such accountability and maturity, even in the face of a lack of both of those things, has to make one think twice in a flash-evaluation of the talented but underachieving tackle.

Clearly, he convinced the Steelers, who selected him with the 56th overall pick in the draft.

On the positive side, Adams is incredibly athletic, and has a classic frame for a tackle. He's battle tested, logging hundreds of snaps in the Big 10. On the negative, he was one of the "Tattoo Five" at Ohio State, leading to concerns about his judgement, and his 19 reps on the bench press at the Combine brings up questions of his dedication (Steelers first round pick, OG David DeCastro, did 34 reps).

In defense of him, people make mistakes, and if his greatest crime is smoking pot and selling crappy merchandise from a Bowl game, it's unlikely the FBI is tapping his phone. To savage him, a failed drug test at the Combine carries with it no excuse and is rightly branded as one of the dumbest things a draft prospect could do.

The situation is what it is. Adams may be in the doghouse in the eyes of some fans, but it's now the Steelers' doghouse. While offensive line coach Sean Kugler has to feel like a kid at Christmas, considering the Steelers selected two offensive linemen in the first two rounds of the draft for the first time in the modern era, with the closest equivalent being 1976, when they took a tight end, Bennie Cunningham, and a tackle, Ray Pinney.

The Steelers seemingly like to take high-risk, high-upside kinds of players in the second round, and 2012, as it sits now, doesn't appear to be any different - maybe a bit more extreme, maybe not. All they can do now is take Adams at his word, and work with him to get him ready to contribute to the revamped Steelers offensive line.



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