Name: Jamal Adams
Weight: 213 lbs
Games Watched: 2015 – Arkansas. 2016 – Mississippi State, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn
One of the top safeties coming out of high school who played on offense, defense and special teams becoming a 5-star recruit. In his freshman season in 2014 he had two starts but played in all 13 games as a nickel specialist. In those games he recorded 66 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and 5 pass breakups. Adams was also a top performer on special teams with 10 tackles. In 2015 he played and started all 12 games earning second team All-SEC honours finishing third on the team with 67 tackles (47 solo), 5.0 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and four interceptions. In his Junior season in 2016, Adams started all 12 games earning first team All-American honours after recording 76 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He was voted as a permanent team captain for the LSU defense.
Good size. Smart football player, hard to fool. Field general aligning his players in position pre-snap. Natural leader. Outstanding ability to read the play and react. Fluid, athletic player who can drop into coverage, cover the tight end and play nickel corner. Is rarely challenged in the passing game due to his ability. Instinctive against the pass and run. Can sniff out screen plays, always there to make the tackle. Comes flying at the ball carrier with great closing ability. Very aggressive, hard hitter that rarely misses tackles. Strong wrap-up tackler. Lowers pads to strike low with accuracy. Complete safety. Reliable and productive special teams player.
Hard to find many holes to his game. Doesn’t happen often but his aggressive style of play has led to some missed strikes, wild angles to the ball carrier. Would like to see greater cross-field pursuit. A little bit of grabbing downfield in coverage. Played with high-quality defensive backs during his time at LSU which could have provided a little extra comfort.
Adams is the ultimate leader on defense and in the locker room. He is a complete safety and will be comfortable playing either the strong or free position. Adams is a physical, hard hitting safety with the tackling ability of a linebacker but can also offer you his coverage ability. He is ready to make an impact straight away and improve someone’s defense.
Grade: 1st round