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Scouting The 2017 NFL Draft: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

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Jamal Adams continues to shoot up draft boards and he could find himself being selected in the top 10, should the Jets be interested at 6?

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Introduction

Hometown: Lewisville, Texas

High School: Carrollton Hebron (Texas)

Recruitment: 5 Stars

Awards

2016 First Team SEC

2016 First Team All-American

2015 Second Team SEC

2014 Freshman All-American

2014 All SEC Freshman Team

Measurables

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 213

Class: Junior

Projected 40 Time: 4.53

Stats

2016 - 76 tackles, 7.5 for a loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 4 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

2015 - 67 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, 4 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 1 forced fumble

2014 - 66 tackles, 5.0 for a loss, 1 sack, 4 passes defended

Positives

  • Good build, perfect for safety.
  • Is a mean hitter, will lay the wood without hesitation
  • Natural leader, would raise others to his level.
  • Comes downhill with authority
  • Plays will excellent balance and technique
  • Is the QB of the defense at LSU
  • Intelligent player who has excellent recognition.
  • Uses his hands to escape downfield blocks well.
  • Shows good coverage ability
  • Physical enough to match-up with tight ends down the field
  • Solid tackler who's reliable as a last line

Negatives

  • Can be a little over aggressive at times.
  • Can bite on good play-action
  • Straight line speed is pretty average
  • Hands are inconsistent, should have had more INT's
  • Doesn't look 100% fluid when being asked to run with receivers.

Conclusion

I like Adams a lot. I've watched a lot of SEC football, and if there is a better leader in that conference, I haven't seen him. He's a field general, the kind of guy that the entire unit will rally around. He comes downhill quickly and with authority and he's not afraid to get his nose in there. He can be a little over aggressive at points, but his IQ is off the charts. He recognises screen plays and blows it up, trying stretch runs to the outside? He'll sniff it out and drop you behind the line. I personally think Calvin Pryor has been a big disappointment, but I'm confident that Jamal Adams is legit. I wouldn't be surprised to see him taken in the top 10, and whoever lands him is getting one heck of a player.

Draft Round Prediction: Round 1