At the NFL Combine, the Steelers asked Adams if he ever smoked weed. The offensive tackle said he didn't. A short time later, it became public that Adams tested positive for marijuana use at the Combine. When the Steelers found out, they pulled him completely off their board.
So how, then, did Adams come be picked by Pittsburgh with their second round pick?
After the news about the positive drug test came out, the Steelers informed Adams he was off their draft board. For Adams, it would have greatly lowered his draft stock. The Steelers were almost assured to take an offensive lineman early, and a good fit for Adams' skill set.
Shortly after the Steelers informed Adams he was off their board, the massive offensive tackle reached out to the franchise.
"He sought us out," Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert told reporters. "He requested a face-to-face with me, Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin, and we presented it to him: These are the stipulations that you have to accomplish for consideration for us to draft you, which the young man did. He met our criteria, met our stipulations."
Although Colbert wouldn't specify the criteria Adams met, he did so well enough to be the 56th player taken in the draft. Now he'll challenge Willie Colon on the right side, and at least be a solid backup where the Steelers previously didn't have good depth.