Steelers sign 2nd round pick Mike Adams

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed second-round draft pick Mike

Adams and seventh-round picks David Paulson and Terrence Frederick.

Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Adams was an All-Big Ten selection at offensive tackle in 2010

and made the second team last year despite being limited to seven

games after serving a suspension for violating NCAA rules for

accepting improper benefits.

The Steelers are hoping to upgrade their pass protection after

allowing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to get sacked 42 times last

season. Roethlisberger was injured during most of the 2011 season,

including an ankle injury suffered in a loss to the Cleveland

Browns that limited his effectiveness.

The 6-foot-4, 241-pound Paulson had 31 receptions for 438 yards

and six touchdowns during his senior season with Oregon.

Paulson will join a crowded tight end position that includes

Heath Miller, Weslye Saunders and Leonard Pope. Steelers tight end

coach James Daniel says Paulson reminds him of a fullback with

speed who could contribute on special teams.

Frederick had three interceptions during his career at Texas

A&M and led the Aggies with 13 passes defensed as a senior in

2011. The Steelers are looking for depth in the secondary after

nickelback William Gay signed a free-agent contract with the

Arizona Cardinals.

The 5-foot-10, 187-pound Frederick will also see time on special

teams.