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AFC North Notes: The issue is Ravens’ O-line

ITEM: Ravens O-line becoming team’s No. 1 issueAs the Baltimore Ravens were completing their mandatory three-day minicamp last week, Mike Preston of the Baltimore Sun offered the opinion that the t…

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Steelers’ O-Line Coach Talks About His Rookies

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – The Steelers used their first two draft picks on offensive linemen this year, and it appears that both will be starters as rookies.

On Monday, the Fan Morning Show spoke to Offensive Line Coach Sean Kugler about David DeCastro, and Mike Adams.

Sean tells us that the most important thing is to get the rookies caught up on the terminology before anything else because their capabilities will take over, but mentally they have to be ready.

Of the two rookies Kugler tells us that Adams will have a more difficult transition from college to the pros because of the athletes he will be facing on the defensive line.

For a complete report on the entire offensive line, listen to the interview below:

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Ed Bouchette’s Instant Steeler O-Line Analysis

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Steelers’ beat writer Ed Bouchette jumped on with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan Thursday.

He likes the possibilities the Steelers’ reshuffled offensive line can bring. He breaks down what the new faces might be able to do in their new roles, and shares the concerns he still has about the line.

Bouchette also previews next week’s first round of Steeler OTAs, tells if he thinks Mike Wallace will be at the Steelers’ facility before training camp begins, and looks into whether Mike Tomlin’s contract extension is coming this summer.

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Steelers Add More to the O-Line with Ohio State’s Mike Adams in Round Two

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The Steelers continued to shore up their offensive line on Friday night, as with their second round pick they took offensive tackle Mike Adams from Ohio State.

Adams has had issues at OSU, as he was part of the memorabilia scandal, and was caught a couple times with pot, including when he was at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Nevertheless, he’s 6’8 – 320 lbs, and gives the Steelers more youth on the O-line.

Scouting Report on Adams:

Mike Adams has been suspended for seven games in his collegiate career. That fact may ultimately hurt his draft stock with some teams, but his pro potential is very good despite being a raw prospect.

Given his elite height and size, Adams certainly passes the eyeball test as a pro prospect. He is the prototypical left tackle prospect who really excels with his footwork and has the talent to improve his technique. Adams will need to grow as a run blocker. He lacks that killer instinct offensive line coaches fall in love with. He will need to correct his techniques as a zone blocker as he sometimes loses his assignment and gets lost out in open space.

The most promising facets to Adams’ skill-set are his frame and good feet. He may need an extra year to develop or grow into the position as a rookie, but most every team in the NFL is willing to be patient with a guy his size.

Adams has mixed scouting reviews. Some feel he may never amount to anything more than a solid backup and others list him as a first round pick. Keep an eye on his draft stock as it may become volatile.

ROB RANG’S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 41. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: At 6-7 and 323 pounds, Adams certainly looks the part of an NFL offensive tackle. He’s flashed the ability to dominate while playing left tackle for the Buckeyes and has the light feet and long arms to remain at this all-important position in the NFL. Inconsistency, injuries and poor off-field decisions have marred what should have been a noteworthy career at Ohio State and as such I have reservations that Adams’ pro career, like his collegiate one, could leave his team wanting more. – Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

At this point Adams lacks the great technique that would make him a reliable left tackle to protect a right-handed quarterback’s blind side. Given time he certainly could learn. Meantime, Adams already moves well enough to get into linebackers on the second level. He has a substantial frame with conspicuous muscle in the right places and the footwork of a dancer, albeit more like hip hop than ballet. On film he did well handling Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt (drafted No. 11 overall by Texas last year), but was befuddled by the nifty moves of Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan (drafted No. 16 overall by Washington last year). In his final two seasons as a starter, Adams had issues on and off the field.

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