With training camp less than two weeks away, seven 2017 first round draft picks remain unsigned. Jets safety Jamal Adams is one of the seven. Four of the seven are among the first six picks in the draft: #2 Mitchell Trubisky, #3 Solomon Thomas, #5 Corey Davis and #6 Jamal Adams. Rounding out the unsigned first round picks are #10 Patrick Mahomes, #24 Gareon Conley and #25 Jabril Peppers.
As of now this is not much of a concern. This is just how negotiations often play out for the first round selections. You may recall last year Darron Lee was one of the last draft picks to sign, with negotiations dragging out until July 27th. No 2017 first round pick has signed a deal in more than four weeks. It is expected that will soon change; holdouts by draft picks are rare in the NFL since the 2011 collective bargaining agreement was put into place. In all likelihood this year will be no different, and in the next two weeks all the draft picks will be signed.
For now this is mostly a non-issue. In an ideal world Adams would have been signed quickly and that distraction would have been removed from his plate. This not being an ideal world, Adams remains unsigned. If as expected he is signed by the start of training camp at the end of July, for the most part it’s no harm, no foul; just something to keep in the back of your mind. In the unlikely event the Jets fail to sign Adams by the end of the month, then it will become more of an issue, as this would threaten to delay the development of the Jets’ prized rookie safety.