Jamal Adams can do it all and he will need to for the New York Jets after being picked number six.
Adams arrives in the NFL with the intention of changing the paradigms of the Strong Safety position. A tall order. Whether he does that is another thing but you rarely get this combination of size, speed and instincts.
His style is very aggressive, something that he might have to curb in the professional game. The reason being that he will be asked to defend the run and placed on the line of scrimmage and in the NFL that over eagerness will be punished. In a league that has become where the short pass has become one of the trendiest plays, Adams could very well become a legend, stopping tight ends and covering receivers in the slot in addition to runners coming out of the back field.
To go with his size, speed and ability, he has the agility to improve in the pass game too. He is often compared to another LSU safety in Tyrann Mathieu but he is even bigger and more typical of the position.
Adams quote: “I think this is what separates me from other cats in this draft. Film study. Instincts. Just being a football player, just making a play. Not always being a robot. Coming up, filling the hole. You won’t catch too many [other safeties] that fill the hole.”