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Jamal Adams Selected Sixth Overall In The 2017 NFL Draft

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Jamal Adams selected by the New York Jets

With the sixth pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets lhave selected Safety Jamal Adams from Louisiana State University.

Adams is a hard-hitting safety who sets the tone of the game. At 6’0″, 215 lbs he brings a mean streak to the defensive backfield. Coming out of Texas as a 5-star recruit, Adams took his talents to LSU. Regarded as one of the best safeties in the draft, he lives up to the hype. From his true freshman season to his junior season, Adams has been a top-flight defensive back.

Career at LSU

LSU is sometimes referred to as ‘DBU’ which stands for defensive back university. Despite LSU having a loaded secondary, Adams somehow found playing time as a freshman. Seeing two starts, he still racked up 66 tackles. Five of those were for a loss, along with 5 pass break-ups. He immediately was dominant on special teams as well, with 10 total tackles.

In 2015, Adams made the jump everyone expected. Started all 12 games, with 67 tackles, 4 interceptions, and 6 pass break-ups. LSU’s secondary was significantly better when he was on the field. That performance earned him second team All-SEC honors, both from the coaches and the Associated Press.

Jamal Adams was not satisfied, so he took it to another level. A monstrous junior campaign solidified him as one of the draft’s top talents. A first team All-American, Adams tallied 76 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and 4 pass break-ups. While his stats from year to year are similar, the plays he makes are more meaningful in the game. Adams made plays when his team needed him most. He was the backbone and heart of a very talented LSU defense.


As far as coverage goes, Adams has all the tools you look for in an NFL safety. Can drop back into coverage, and has good feet downfield. He can high point the ball, also has balanced body control. He excels closer to the line of scrimmage, delivering punishing hits. Getting off blocks and getting to the ball is something he does consistently. Tremendous football IQ, is the quarterback of his defense. The best quality he has is his ability to pick apart coverage and jump routes.

With that being said, there is always things to improve on. Adams has minor technique flaws that are fixable. He can get a little handsy downfield, which could lead to some flags in the league. His long speed isn’t great, at the same time he isn’t really a free safety kind of guy. Play-action and run fakes get him into trouble because of his aggressive nature. Overall, most issues are fixable in the NFL.

I see Jamal Adams being a multi-year starter in the NFL. Adams will command any defense, and become an immediate locker room presence. He is a natural leader of men, and it shows on the field. This is a player that can transform a secondary with his leadership. No doubt will he be a menace on special teams as well. A Swiss army knife of a player, Adams can do it all.