Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams, LSU
6-0, 214
Adams was a three year player in the LSU program. He earned second team ALL-SEC as a sophomore, and was named second team All-SEC as a junior. He was named first  team All-American as a junior as well.
As a freshman, he recorded 66 tackles, five TFLs, one sack, and five PBUs. He started twice that season.
As a sophomore, he finished with 67 tackles, five TFLs, six PBUs, one QB hurry, one forced fumble, and four INTs.
As a junior, he totaled 76 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, one sack, four PBUs, one QB hurry, one forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and one INT.
The Good
High character player who leads on and off the field.
Compact build, looks like a tank on film.
Massive hitter, makes contact with extreme violence.
Awesome in run support.
Bounces off attempts to block him.
Very good tackle radius.
He is the leader of the defense, and understands offenses like a pro.
Cannot be fooled on play fakes.
Screen buster with solid work behind the line of scrimmage.
Can get after the ball and create turnovers.
Has an NFL pedigree from his father George.
Special teams gunner who thrives and hungers for action.
The Bad
Speed is marginal, and sometimes uses his hands as a way to make up for it downfield.
Change of direction is a bit slow.
Hands are not always what they should be, and will drop some sure picks.
Is not as rangy from sideline to sideline as one would like.
Can be over aggressive at times.
Final Overview
Adams is a first rate starting caliber safety who basically checks all of the boxes one would want, with the exception of speed. Minus speed, he is a massive hitter that creates turnovers and problems in coverage for offenses, and that is saying something. Adams may be one of my favorite players in this draft, and if having to choose between drafting him or drafting Adoree' Jackson in the mid to late first round, I'd be lost trying to make that call. Adams has all-pro and Hall of Fame written all over his playing style.

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