Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/20/14

Mike Adams, the tackle from Ohio State pursuing his dream to play in the NFL hit a roadblock at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis when he tested positive for use of Marijuana. But that isn’t stopping him from chasing the dream. Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com reports that Adams has been upfront and honest to teams thinking about calling his name on Draft day next Thursday.

Adams addressing the media at the NFL Combine (BRIAN SPURLOCK | US PRESSWIRE)

Adams, a potential first rounder who I have going to the Detroit Lions in my latest mock draft, has already completed the necessary counseling for Marijuana use and has told teams about it when they’ve been in contact with him. Teams that have been in contact with him are impressed by the fact that he’s gone out and taken the steps to correct the mistake. Adams says he was unaware of the positive test results at the time. League sources have said that Adams is a “good kid” that just made a simple mistake, and they don’t see it as a roadblock in the drafting process, since he has taken it upon himself to get the situation under control.

“I’ve had some bumps in the road early in my career,” Adams told The Sports Xchange in Indianapolis. “But I think I’ve let those things build my character rather than break it down. I think that my character is something that my coaches and teammates at Ohio State will vouch for. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a bad guy. I might have made some mistakes, but I’ve definitely learned from them.”

The Former Buckeye played four years at Ohio State and was suspended in 2009 for Marijuana use and possession by the NCAA, so this might raise a few red flags for teams considering taking the talented lineman. Via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, Detroit Lions GM Martin Mayhew says that the Lions won’t shy away from players who have tested positive for Marijuana use.

“The league has really changed over the years,” Mayhew said, via Anwar Richardson of MLive.com.  “If you go back 10, 15 years ago, and a guy had a positive test, that was a big deal.  That was something to be very concerned about.  It still is, but not at the level it was years ago.  There are certain things we want to hear from guys.  There are certain things we don’t want to hear from guys.  It doesn’t help us to tell you [media] what those things are.”

As long as he keeps things upfront, I don’t see a scenario where Adams falls very far in the draft. He’s still a talented prospect who can jump in right away and produce, with a bit of hard work and determination.

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