With only three days remaining before the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, mock draft experts are still undecided on which way the Pittsburgh Steelers will go with the No. 24 pick. For months now, many have projected the Steelers adding an offensive lineman late in the first round, to add some youth to an aging line that had quarterback Ben Roethlisberger scrambling all over the field at the end of last season. Rob Rang of CBSSports still has Pittsburgh drafting a tackle, selecting Mike Adams out of Ohio State:
Nowhere was the Steelers' age and lack of quality depth more obvious last season than along the offensive line. Rookie Marcus Gilbert played well and the team still has the versatile Willie Colon capable of lining up at right tackle or inside at guard. With the depth at tackle in the 2012 draft dropping off sharply, Pittsburgh might be wise to heed the early run at the position with Adams.
Adams has had his share of off-the-field issues, with the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reporting last week that the former Buckeye tested positive for marijuana at the combine. He also didn't have the best showing at the combine in drills either, putting up just 19 reps on the bench press test which many scouts and analysts promptly criticized. Despite the flaws, Adams is still a mountain of a man and an excellent athlete who could really help Pittsburgh on the offensive front next season.