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Steelers make Keion Adams third WMU player drafted

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Keion Adams

Keion Adams joined teammates Corey Davis and Taylor Moton as Western Michigan players picked in the NFL draft.

Adams, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end, was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round with the No. 248 overall pick Saturday.

Adams had 18 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks to help the Broncos win their first Mid-American Conference championship since 1988. They finished 13-1 and earned a Cotton Bowl appearance and the defense had a lot to do with it, forcing 26 turnovers.

Adams is expected to play linebacker in the NFL.

WMU’s three picks matched the most for a MAC school with Central Michigan (2007), Ball State (2005) and Marshall (2003) prior to the four Central Florida players taken in 2003.

Eastern Michigan defensive end Pat O’Connor was taken by the Lions just two picks after Adams. O’Connor is EMU’s all-time career leader in sacks (20) and forced fumbles (seven). He helped the Eagles to their first winning season since 1995.