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Jets Select Jamal Adams: Here's What You Need To Know

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The Jets have made their selection. What are his strengths and weaknesses and how does he fit with the team.

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Introduction

That time has finally come, the Jets have made their selection and we now know that the Jets have selected Jamal Adams. You all know how much I love this prospect, I think he's going to be a star and personally I think he'll end up being the best prospect to come out of this draft. He has the intelligence, the talent and the leadership to become something very special.

When I was speaking to the team here at GGN about how we were going to handle the draft, I offered to do the follow up piece. However I warned them that if we were to select Jamal Adams, it would has as many words as War & Peace. With it being 2am in the morning for me, I'll save that for another day, but it's coming!

Lets dive straight into the former LSU star! He was a 5 star recruit, he's now a top 10 draft pick and we're lucky enough to have him wearing green and white.

Strengths & Weaknesses

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

College 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

How He Fits With The Jets?

This is the interesting one, can he play alongside Pryor? Both are better in the box than playing center field. Pryor has been a disappointment since being drafted out of Louisville. Personally I think the Jets will be shopping Pryor this weekend, even more so now they have Jamal Adams on board. Adams will come in and immediately offer leadership to a unit that desperately needs direction. He's an aggressive player who will improve people around him. I don't tend to buy into a pure SS or FS, as the modern game requires your safeties to do both, and that's the thing with Adams...he is capable of doing both. He's better up at the line, but he's capable in coverage too.

Let me make one thing clear. Jamal Adams and Calvin Pryor are not the same player, not even close. Jamal Adams is 10x as talented as Calvin was coming out of college. So comparing them doesn't hold up at all.

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