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