The Pittsburgh Steelers have now signed four more of the rookies that were drafted from the 2012 NFL Draft. Second-round pick Mike Adams, and seventh-round picks Toney Clemons, Terrence Frederick, and David Paulson all have signed four-year deals with Pittsburgh. The terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Adams, an offensive tackle out of the Ohio State University, was a second-team All Big Ten selection in 2011, but is most known for his troubles off the field. The Pennsylvania native was a part of the tattoo scandal at Ohio State and was suspended for five games. In addition, Adams has admitted that he has smoked marijuana. However, despite all of the negative publicity, the Steelers still gave Adams a chance and reached very high for him in the second round.
Clemons is a wide receiver out of the University of Colorado, and is a native of Pittsburgh. The 231st overall pick of the draft not only played for Colorado, he also played for the University of Michigan, and is the first player to have played in the Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-12.
Frederick was chosen 15 picks after Clemons as the 246th overall selection. The 5’10”, 187-pound Texas A&M cornerback was an All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2010 and 2011.
Sandwiched in between Clemons and Frederick was Paulson being selected 240th overall. The tight end out of the University of Oregon played a part in the Ducks’ BCS National Championship Game appearance. Paulson has also earned selections to the All-Pac-12 second team and first-team honors as a Pac-12 All-Academic student-athlete.
The Steelers have now gotten six of their nine draft picks to sign on the dotted line. They still have to get first-round pick David DeCastro, third-round pick Sean Spence, and seventh-round pick Kelvin Beachum to do the same.
It’s great to see that a lot of rookies are getting their contracts situated so quickly. This eliminates the drama of holdouts from training camps, and gives them a much better chance to get used to the transition from college to the NFL. The new rookie salary cap has a lot to do with this. It should be just a matter of time for the Steelers to have all of their rookies signed and ready to go for organized team activities and training camp.
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