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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