Scouting the NFL Draft: LSU S Jamal Adams

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Ht. 5'11½", Wt. 214, Arm: 33⅜, Hand: 9¼, Bench: 18
40 yd: 4.56, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: 6.96, Vertical: 31.5", Broad: 10'
Games Watched: Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama

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Lewisville native Jamal Adams was a star at Hebron High School in Carrollton, where he notched 138 tackles and 7 INT as a defensive back and 20 TDs as running back in two years. The 5-star recruit went where all the good defensive back recruits go, LSU. He started 2 games as a true freshman and played in 11 others 66 tackles, 1 sack, 5 TFL and 5 passes defended.

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Adams steadily improved after being named the starter in 2015, finishing with 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 6 passes defended and second-team All-SEC honors. He was even better in 2016, earning All-America honors with 76 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 INT and 4 passes defended. He now looks to follow in the footsteps of his father, George Adams, a first-round pick who played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots from 1985 to 1991.

Strengths

• Intelligent - Understands entire defense, route concepts
• Physical - Aggressive, big hitter
• Size - Solid frame, near ideal length for position
• Coverage - Fluid hips, efficient feet
• Feet - Efficient, good change of direction
• Ballhawk - Plus range, angles, tracking
• Disciplined - Reads keys, plays assignment, rarely fooled
• Run Defense - Quick, aggressive downhill

Weaknesses

• Tackling - Drops head, misses at times
• Speed - Appears to lack elite long speed

Verdict: First Round

The thing that really sets Adams apart is his intelligence. Not only did he make calls in the secondary for LSU, his grasp of the entire defense and understanding of route combinations allowed him to freelance intelligently. Combine that with his aggressiveness and physicality, and he can be a team's Landon Collins from Day 1.

Adams would be perfect in the Cowboys secondary, fitting as a box safety that would allow Byron Jones to play center field. He's physical against the run, sticky in coverage and simply a natural playmaker. The only problems is that the North Texas native won't last until the 28th pick.

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