2012 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28, 2012
Sean Kugler RE 2nd Round Pick Mike Adams
2nd Round – 56th Overall
Sean in your wildest imagination did you ever see the first two rounds unfolding like this?
I certainly didn't expect it. I feel very fortunate to have two quality players that we thought very highly of, and spent a lot of time evaluating. Im excited to coach both of those guys.
Was Adams a first round grade for you guys?
Yes, he did have a first round grade. We did a lot of thorough research on him. We spent a lot of time with him, more than we spent with any of the other players for obvious reasons. We are real comfortable with where he is at and what he can contribute to us.
Are you worried about all the off-the-field issues?
No, and we had to research it. We feel comfortable with him.
He is rated very highly as a pass protector. What have you seen that makes him so good at pass protecting?
He has great size and long arms. He can bend for a guy his size. He has a lot of length to him and that is important at the tackle position. He's a physical player and a size combination that is hard to beat at the tackle position.
Does he need work at run blocking?
He's going to have to work on his entire game. I wouldn't say that he's a finished product. Mike is a willing worker and I'm excited to get working with him.
Is he going to play left or right tackle?
We'll get him in the right spot. He does have the ability to play both, but that will remain to be seen.
How do you see the offensive line shaking out?
We're going to see how things go. We want to get the guys in the best spots. Realistically I don't want moving parts. It has been more of a necessity for us to have moving parts. We love to have guys at five stable positions and keep them there. We'll get the right five and see where we go from there.
He's had trouble with speed off the edge, but seems to have good feet. Will pro coaching help that?
A guy his size, speed probably will be his nemesis. We'll continue to work on that. There will be some technique things. He presents other problems to players. With each guy you give and take a little bit.
Is he a guy that you can bring along slower?
That could be a good assessment, each guy is different. Some guys can just step in and play ball, some guys can't. that remains to be seen. I hate to put a label on one guy, we'll see when we get to OTA's and those things.
Does this change your plans to move Marcus Gilbert to left tackle?
I'm going to have a few beers tonight and think about it. I think that it is two quality players that we are adding. These two guys are going to help us get better as an offensive line. I promise that we will get the right guys in the right positions.
RE: your take on the offensive line picks over the last couple of years:
Obviously you want the best players that you can get. Adding those guys will give us a talented line. You play with whoever you have. It doesn't matter to me what round I guy is picked, I want guys that are talented and can compete throughout the game. These are two guys that really like playing football.
Are these two guys not going to be able to come in right away because of school?
David is going to graduate. The way his classes are structured he doesn't finish until after OTA's.
I have to check on Mike's graduation status. If we have to spend extra time with them when they get here we'll do that.
Will there be a difference in the running game approach with Todd Haley as Offensive Coordinator?
I think Todd likes the gap schemes. I think we'd like to be more balanced. I think it's unique with David DeCastro, having a right guard that has the ability to pull left. There are not many of those guys, most of those guys are left guards that pull to the right, and teams are more right-handed. That will give us a chance to be more balanced, so I'm excited about that.
Will he pull to the right a lot?
He'll pull. He can pull. If he can pull, we're going to pull him.
Kevin Colbert RE 2nd Round Pick Mike Adams
Offensive Tackle – Ohio State University
2nd Round – 56th Overall
Kevin Colbert:I just thought I'd step up and talk about Mike Adams because I'm sure there have been comments or questions regarding the character of this young man. So please, ask away.
What did you do to investigate Mike's situation and what did you find out?
In any prospect, we always get background information, which we did in Mike's case. When players are subject to the testing at the combine, we don't get those results until about a week before the actual draft. In Mike's case, he sought us out once he was aware of the situation. He requested a face-to-face interview and meeting with myself, Art Rooney II and Coach Tomlin, and we obliged. When Mike came in, we told him he's off our draft board. 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, he met our stipulations, and we were comfortable in taking him where we took him.
Can you be more specific about what you asked him to do?
No. All I can say is we told him you're off our board, this is what you have to do to get back on it, and he met those criteria.
Did he go to other teams for special meetings, or just to you?
I can't answer that. I honestly don't know, but he sought us out very quickly. We have a great relationship with his agents, and we worked together with it.
Are you worried because he lied at the Combine? What was more grievous, the test results or him lying?
I would imagine, yes. I think with either one you could say those are usually offenses that we're not going to forgive, but in this man's case, he sought us out, he met the criteria we provided for him, and now we are comfortable with selecting him, but it's going to be a day to day working relationship between all of us.
Is it more bothersome because he could not stop his behavior, even at the biggest interview of his life?
I think whenever a kid fails at the combine, we look at each individual situation and we try to figure out whether the risk is worth the reward. Quite honestly, I'm not so much worried about the reward as I am about the young man getting his life in order. In this case, we felt comfortable that he is going to do that. Whether he does or not, nobody knows, including me, him and everybody associated with this.
Does your experience with Marvel Smith and his past situation have any effect on this decision?
No, this about Mike Adams and the Steelers.
Re: Surprised he was still available:
No, again, different teams look at different criteria and view it differently. When he was there, we were comfortable with picking him.
Do you view him as a risk?
Every pick is a risk, no question about it. With this being public information, and him making it that type of situation, there is probably more of a risk than we are usually comfortable taking. Because he was forthcoming and took matters, met our criteria, we are comfortable with taking the risk.
Was the way he approached the situation a key factor in selecting him?
It was. These are young people. Young people make mistakes. If they are proactive in trying to correct those mistakes, I think you have to give that consideration, especially the way he personally sought us out. We didn't call him, he called us. Had he not called us, this may not have occurred. But because he did – we were point blank. We told him he was off our board.
Did the prior problems with improper benefits at Ohio State factor into your decision?
You take into consideration a player's entire body of work as a player and as a person. Again, you look at those individual infractions and weight them all together but we were comfortable taking him where we took him.
What did he do to convince you?
I am not convinced. I won't be convinced. I am comfortable because of his actions. I won't be convinced that he made it as a player until the day he retires.
Did you tell him over the phone that he was off your board?
Face to face.
Was that a part of the official meeting?
Did he request the follow-up visit on his own?
Yeah, we talked to him at the combine. He was one of our 60 interviews. He requested that he be brought back here for one of our 30.
Did he have to ask the NFL for permission to do that?
No, he can call and request that.
Are you worried about Willie Colon's health?
No, not at all. This has nothing to do with any of our other guys. It's a decision we made based on the facts that we had and the actions the young man took. We all worked to make it the right decision.