The wait for an Ohio State player to be selected in the 77th NFL Draft lasted 55 picks.
With the 24th pick in the second round, the Pittsburgh Steelers tabbed offensive lineman Mike Adams on Friday night.
A starter for parts of three years, Adams started 25 of 31 career college games. He was a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2010 and made the second team last season despite playing only eight games.
The former five-star recruit from Dublin (Ohio) Coffman was considered by many to be a potential first-round pick until he reportedly failed a drug test administered at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. That raised a red flag in addition to character concerns stemming from an NCAA suspension for accepting extra benefits that cost him five games of his senior season.
Adams is the 20th Ohio State player ever selected by the Steelers’ franchise and the fourth in the past three years. They picked defensive lineman Cameron Heyward in the first round last season after snapping up linebacker Thaddeus Gibson in the 2010 fourth round and defensive end Doug Worthington in the seventh round of that season.
The selection of Adams ended a three-year drought for Ohio State offensive linemen in the draft. The last Buckeye to hear his name called was tackle Kirk Barton in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. In the meantime, four consecutive recruiting classes saw their college careers come and go without any offensive linemen drafted.
He spent less than an hour as the only Buckeye to be drafted this year.
The Houston Texans selected wide receiver DeVier Posey with the fifth pick (68 overall) in the third round.
Posey, a Cincinnati La Salle product, was also a five-star recruit coming out of high school in 2008.
He finished his Ohio State career among the school’s top 10 in catches (136), yards (1,955) and touchdown catches (18), numbers that respectively rank sixth, eighth and seventh.
Posey is the second Buckeye ever picked by the Texans, joining running back Jonathan Wells, a fourth-round pick in 2002.
Continuing a tradition of standouts at the position spanning two decades, Posey is the 17th wide receiver picked in the 20 drafts dating back to 1993, but he is the first since Brian Robiskie (second round, Cleveland Browns) and Brian Hartline (fourth round, Miami Dolphins) in 2009.
Like Adams, Posey had an abbreviated senior season. The wide receiver played only three games because of a pair of five-game NCAA suspensions for separate incidents of receiving extra benefits. He finished the year with 12 catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. That came on the heals of a junior campaign in which he caught 53 passes for 848 yards and seven touchdowns. His breakout season came as a sophomore when he amassed 828 yards on 60 catches, including eight for scores.