LSU, or “DBU” as you may call it, is set to produce yet another top tier defensive back, that player being Jamal Adams. Despite committing to play in one of the most prestigious position groups in all of college football; it didn’t take long for Adams to make an impact as he appeared in all 12 games as a true freshman and made his presence felt in a big way for the Tigers as he was named a Freshman All-American.
Adams went on to start full-time as a sophomore as he enjoyed a breakout season and catapulted onto the draft scene. He built off his phenomenal sophomore campaign and got even better as a junior as he established himself as one of the best defensive backs in program history, while also solidifying himself as a premier prospect in the 2017 NFL draft class.
The son of former Kentucky standout running back George Adams who was a 1st round pick and Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, Jamal comes from great bloodlines and must know a thing about making it at the next level.
Name: Jamal Adams
Comparison: Landon Collins (New York Giants)
Draft Grade: Top 5
Jamal Adams is an incredibly smart football player. You can accredit this INT to a pre-read. Knows where the ball is going to go. pic.twitter.com/ebOADnJWUn
— Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) March 2, 2017
Positives: Extremely instinctive player who displays a quick break on the ball in every instance. You won’t see many players who can close on the ball as quickly and with as much burst as Adams. Quick to diagnose plays and react. Never stops moving/dissecting. Excels at pre-reading the play and there’s a good chance he knows where the ball is going to end up. Plays the game at an alarming quick speed and pace. His instincts and ability to break on the ball seemingly eliminates the screen factor for opposing offenses. Plays all over the place. Lines up back in centerfield, up in the box and patrols the slot. Sound in man coverage and displays good hand usage at the point of attack. Drapes all over his man – even downfield. Not fidgety and waits for his man to make a move then reacts. Shifts momentum well off backdrop to go into the route. Recovers well when beaten off the press. Shows good arm extension to reach for the ball in the air. Makes an impact from down-to-down. Displays tremendous foot speed and agility. Lateral quickness keeps him with ball carrier then allows him to pounce when the opportunity arises. Good overall tackler. Delivers hard blows. A pure missile and downfield thumper. Excellent downfield vision and weaves through traffic effectively. Physical in pursuit, engages opponents in traffic with force en route to the ball carrier. Served as a gunner on LSU’s punt team and was usually the first man to the ball. Vocal leader of the LSU defense. Known for being aggressive even during practices and will get the best out of his teammates. Frustrating scrapper for opposing offenses. Age friendly prospect.
Negatives: Too aggressive in coverage at times. Tends to lean with the play action when back in zone. Struggles to make one-on-one stops in the open field – especially against more powerful backs. Sets up too low and will dive past the ball carrier instead of setting up a balanced base.
Outlook: As it currently stands, Jamal Adams is the #3 overall prospect on my big board. As mock drafts indicate, he’s slated to go anywhere from #3 to Chicago to #6 to New York which is great value as he’ll be an instant contributor with All-Pro potential. I really like him as a potential fit in Tennessee with the #5 pick. He’s a rare safety talent who excels in every facet of the game. Adams has a nose for the ball and special ability to read, react and close on plays. He finishes downfield against the run, and finishes back in coverage. A natural born leader who plays with confidence, emotion and swagger.