Mike Tomlin and the Steelers wanted a closer look at Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams at his pro day.
Friday's big pro-day news came from Stillwater, Okla. as WR Justin Blackmon ran a 40 time that should put him firmly in the top 10 picks next month. You can read my thoughts here.
The big days turned in by Utah State RB Michael Smith and Florida International WR Ty Hilton were also broken down here on Friday. Let's look at some of the other news from Friday's pro day round-up:
Oklahoma State had another important prospect working out, QB Brandon Weeden. SI.com's Tony Pauline reports that scouts characterized his performances as "solid" and that Weeden was accurate on all but a "few passes." Pauline also passes along that his Weeden's deep accuracy "stood out to those in attendance."
Pauline had strong things to say about Oklahoma State OL Levy Adcock.
Levy Adcock, who did not receive a combine invitation to the surprise of many, also proved he's next-level material. The big lineman looked terrific in bag drills and moved around the field with ease. As described by those at the workout, Adcock is more athletic than given credit for and can line up at any of three positions on the offensive line. The prevailing thought is Adcock will be selected at the start of the draft's final day
On the team interest front, Pauline passes along that Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier was at the Oklahoma State pro day "with a full complement of offensive coaches." This after it was already reported two weeks ago by Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the Vikings are open to trading down.
Perhaps the St. Louis Rams could still get USC OT Matt Kalil as a mulligan for 2010 No. 2 overall pick OT Jason Smith.
Marquee program Ohio State had its pro day on Friday, and OT Mike Adams was the big attraction, drawing Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert, in addition to Vikings GM Rick Spielman and Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix per reports from NFL.com' Gil Brandt.
Tomlin and the Steelers were also a strong presence at OG Brandon Washington's pro day in Miami earlier in the week. Brandt reported that Adams "looked good but not exceptional." Russ Lande from Sporting News had a rosier view of Adams, saying he "displayed quick feet, agility and athleticism that are uncommon in 6-7 linemen."
Lande also had good things to say about Buckeye WR DeVier Posey:
Posey, worked out by new Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, proved he has the talent to stick in the NFL. He ran smooth routes and showed good quickness and agility getting in and out of his cuts. Posey also showed excellent concentration and good hands. He was sharp catching all types of passes with only one drop. Posey showed little explosiveness, however, looking more like a one-speed runner than a blazer. He's still in position to be a second- or third-round pick.
The Steelers are in need of wide receivers whether or not Mike Wallace is signed away as a restricted free agent.
For teams that miss out on Kalil, Adams and other top offensive tackle prospects, hopeful news comes from Mississippi's pro day via Pauline. The SI.com analyst reports that Rebel OT Bobby Massie was "the star of the show" and looked outstanding, causing a Mississippi coach to say he looked better at his pro day than he did at any point during this college career.
Pauline was not surprised because Massie has been working former All-Pro C LeCharles Bentley, and he projects Massie in the first half of the second round now.