S Jamal Adams, 6’0 214 LSU
Where He Excels:
Well built safety that plays with a physicality not often seen at this position. A heavy hitter who never shies away from contact. Is a terror when coming forward in run support. Instinctive player who is always around the ball. Can set the tone with his hitting and is a sure tackler. Can get to the quarterback as a blitzer. Natural athlete who changes directions with ease. Adept in coverage versus tight ends and running backs. Will make plays in coverage, five interceptions in two years as a starter. Leader on defense, often times responsible for aligning the defensive secondary.
Where He Needs Work:
Can be fooled by play action due to his aggressiveness. Inconsistent in his pursuit angles. Can get excessively hands when in coverage leading to potential for penalties at the next level. Gave away some interceptions due to drops. Needs to refine his techniques in coverage, relies too much on athleticism at this point.
Adams could easily end up being one of the best in a long line of defensive backs that have transitioned from LSU to the NFL. His ability to make plays around the line of scrimmage is unmatched in this class. This physicality and Adams’ tenacity against the run should make him an immediate contributor to whatever team selects him in the early part of the draft. In a year or two expect Adams to be among the best defensive backs in all the NFL.