Jamal AdamsSS LSU

6', 214, (PD) 4.45! (U) 4.38!

6.96 3-C, 10" Broad, 31.5" Vert, 

4.13 SS! 18 Reps, 33.3" Arm, 

The Leader Of The Pack. 

By TOM

First and foremost Adams is top five in this draft in leadership. "The people who have been at that program the longest think he might be the best leader LSU has had in years," a scout said. "He's a no-doubt first-rounder. He can play all over the field and he could have an immediate impact on defense just like Landon Collins did coming out. I love him. I think he's a winner." He will improve any defense in a few years with his leadership skills alone.

He has been knocking GMs out with his interviews. "He was awesome," a scouting director said. "Came across as mature, serious. All the positives you can imagine. The boxes were checked off." You have to have a leader of the secondary

Right now his leadership and interviews are making him the leader of the pack in a very talented Safety class. "I've been doing this for a while now and I don't remember a draft with this many quality safeties in it," a director of scouting said. "You will look back and find a lot of starters that came from [this years Draft], and you might see four in the 1st round." When you add in Hooker's injuries, Adams is likely the first safety off the board:

CAREER: One of top defensive backs in LSU history and continued to help validate the school’s claim of being “DBU” over the past three years … Played in 37 games with 26 starts, including every game in 2015 and 2016 … Finished career with 209 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and two sacks … First Team All-America and First Team All-SEC in 2016 when he was the leader of an LSU defense that allowed only 16 touchdowns all season … Freshman All-America in 2014 and Second Team All-SEC as a sophomore in 2015 … Played for three different coordinators during his LSU career … In three years at LSU, played on two units that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total defense (No. 9 in 2015 with 316.8 ypg; No. 10 in 2017 with 314.4 ypg) and in the top five in scoring defense (No. 5 in 2015 with 17.2 ppg; No. 5 in 2016 with 15.8 ppg) … LSU also ranked No. 3 in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2014 … Tenacious defender and a big hitter with a knack for always being around the football … Plays with a great deal of confidence, emotion, and swagger, much like that of former LSU All-America Tyrann Mathieu … One of the best tacklers in college football … A vocal leader both in the locker room and on the field … Dad played college football at Kentucky and was first round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1985.

He has some flaws. "You can't get too caught up in whatever negatives you want to find on him, because that position in the pros takes a different level of physicality and a different mindset," a pro personnel guy said. "He's got what you want if safety is a priority position for your defense." His biggest weakness is that he takes over aggressive angles to the ball, and runs himself out of the play too often.

But he did get better with those angles later in the year. He did a great job protecting the magic yellow line. He has such a nice sense of where the 1st down is and can put his shoulder down and stop the ball carrier short. 

He dug an INT out of the dirt against Alabama. He is so great against the run, that any sign of ball skills for him is great. Plays Gunner on the special teams, and can be the first one down. He will come up to fast sometimes, that he will duck his head and miss the tackle. 

When he comes in full bore, he knocked RBs back on their butts. "He's a big hitter,'' the scout said. "He's your prototypical strong safety.'' All NFL Safeties have to play in Man coverage sometimes.

He is very underrated in man coverage. They don't do it a lot, but when they put him on a big WR, he can cover like a big CB. I think he can play some Corner, maybe in emergency situations in the NFL. He certainly showed at his Proday that he has to speed to cover WRs deep. When he lined up in Press man, against the big WR, he was excellent. Very underrated in straight up Man coverage. He is better in Man than Zone.

Very light on his feet, he can hope and burst around the field and make a blocker miss seemingly without even looking at him, as he moves towards the RB. He can line up at FS in the center of the field behind everyone, and be the first to hit the RB on the sideline on a sweep. Played more FS this season, and still can get to the RB from 15-yards off the line of scrimmage first, on Smashes.
Knows when to hit into the scrum and when to play off a little just in case. He can line up in the center of the O-line in the Endzone, with the offense on the 7, and meet the RB at the line on an off tackle run. 

Great field speed. "He can play high or low, depending on what you want him to do in your defense," an exec said. "His range and angles are phenomenal. He can cover wide receivers and tight ends. However, the one thing that really sets him apart is his leadership. Players, coaches and support staff at LSU love the kid and then you get to finally meet him at the combine and you go, 'Holy crap, he's even better than they said.' You can really feel his presence. He's a program changing leader. Whatever he's selling, I'll take two." He can read the outside run before the snap and start moving to the correct side.

Two of five execs polled by NFL.com said Adams was the best Safety in this Draft. "As much as I love the upside and athletic talent of some of the other guys, I'll take Jamal Adams," a second exec said. "He has size, smarts, toughness. Good athlete and a great leader. He can be a tone setter for a defense." Very physical in coverage. He will cover the outside WR in deep Off, and he will not allow him to get behind him. Smart in coverage. 

Nice job finding the RB when he bounced it outside. When he hit RBs they go down quick. "Top-10 pick," a scout said. "Phenomenal player. He’s one of the best safeties I’ve done. That’s Earl Thomas but bigger." While other guys are goofing around, he finds the RB in space and holds on. 

While his teammates are diving at feet, he is grabbing the big tough RB and holding on until his teammates come over and knocked him down. "The whole world is excited about him but I liked him more last year," a different scout said. "He’s a box guy. Breaks down well and is a good tackler. He’s a tight-hipped guy who has some problems changing direction. He struggles out in space. He’s impressive physically. He is tough." When he took the right angle to line-up an RB, he blew him up.

Additional Notes:

JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Started all 12 games at safety earning First Team All-America honors from CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus after recording 76 tackles and 7.5 tackles for losses … Voted as a permanent Team Captain for the LSU defense following the season … Also named a winner along with Tre’Davious White and Kendell Beckwith as the Percy Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year for the Tigers … Leader of LSU defense that ranked among the best in the nation … LSU finished year allowing only 16 touchdowns in 12 games, the fewest in the nation … LSU also ranked No. 2 in the SEC in scoring defense (15.8) and rushing defense (117.2), No. 3 in total defense (314.0) and No. 4 in pass defense (197.2) … LSU held opponents to only nine passing touchdowns, which ranked as the second-lowest total in the FBS … Against the run, the longest rush LSU allowed all season was 35 yards … Played one the best game of his career in 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl as he had six tackles and was a key reason the Tigers held the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson without a TD for the first time all season … As part of the defense used to contain the Heisman winner, LSU held Jackson to season low of 33 rushing yards and to only 153 passing yards, his second-lowest total of the season … Had a sack, two tackles for loss and five total tackles in win over Texas A&M to close the regular season … Had an interception, six tackles and a tackle for loss against Alabama as the Tigers held the Crimson Tide scoreless for the first three quarters in a 10-0 setback … Posted career-best 13 tackles as LSU limited Auburn to six field goals in an 18-13 loss … Had 11 tackles in win over Southern Miss and added nine tackles in SEC victory over Mississippi State.

Combine: He is a terrific athlete. He played a lot just outside the box, and in a place to read run or pass more than the other defenders. "I see bits of their games in their kids," Davis said. "Jamal Adams, he attacks, just like George Adams attacked the way he ran the football. And for Marlon Humphrey, lots of vision, understands the game, gets to the right spots all the time, that was Bobby Humphrey." That is a good Forty time for him. He is a fierce run stuffer as well as has the ability to step into the slot and cover. When you get a safety who can hit, run, and defend like he can, and run a 4.5, than you have something special. "He kind-ah matches up physically a little bit with Eric Berry. I thought he looked fluid in the drills," Mayock said. "He's a really good football player. This is a physical safety. You want to talk about sticking your face in the fan, he can do it every time. Tremendous closing speed. Makes it look easy with the movement skills .The numbers from a height, weight, arm length perspective are very similar (to Berry). I think he's a gifted kid. A lot of people think he's a top-10 pick. One thing I know is he's a first-round pick and a Day 1 starter." Nice smooth pedal. Good hips in transition. Nice pedal. Terrific smooth hips turning to both sides. He can play the ball in the air. Didn't have drop in 2nd gauntlet. Nice natural hands. 

Auburn: Adams is a fast Strong Safety, who can play FS as well. He is excellent in coverage on TEs and RBs. He is also excellent against the run. Great athlete who can move on the field like a CB. Great job taking the legs out from under the RB on the 3rd level. Played some more FS this season. Showed up in coverage in the slot as well. 

Mississippi: Nice job jamming the bigger WR trying to block him, and then running around him like he wasn't there. Doesn't always take good angles. He can come up fast on the WR on the screen, and take him down after a yard. He helped shut down Engram. He knocked a pass down on the goal line, that was meant for Engram. He dived over his shoulder on the Out, and slapped the ball down. He blocked on punt returns, and is a great blocker. He wiped out two cover guys on a great block against Miss. 

Previously Released: Adams just ran himself up into a top five prospect at his Proday (a lot of guys had him at 4.38). "It's a mindset," Adams said at his Proday. "I felt that I'm in my backyard. LSU, one of the best colleges, [it] is the best college in the world, and I felt at home. I felt very comfortable. I felt like I was going to run my fastest. God blessed me with talent and he blessed me with some speed." A Safety with his leadership, ball skills, and is also an elite run defender? Who is also a 4.45 guy? Is going to be a star in the NFL.

Adams Vs Alabama:

He is the top strong safety prospect by far in this Draft, but he can play FS over the top no trouble at all (:01). He has very underrated ball skills, and can dig the ball out of the dirt (:19). Watch this great play on the ball (:31). He is the smartest player on defense. He is the best leader on defense. And he might be the best hitter on defense.

Here he is covering the Slot WR. Watch how fast he read the dump off screen and ran over Mayo (:40). He read the TE screen, and took him out (:55). Watch the smarts and timing here. As soon as he saw his teammate tip the ball, he attacked forward and took the TE out. That is a smart and legal hit (1:01). Watch how fast he got to the ball carrier through traffic (1:12). He is so good at taking a straight line to the ball.

He was running upfield before the snap, and went for the QB on the option run (1:20). He will get over aggressive moving forward sometimes, and take bad angles. That is his biggest flaw (1:28). They like to line him up on the marker a lot, but they will line him up deep like a FS as well (1:41). Sometimes he got too aggressive moving to the ball carrier too fast. He has to work on that speed aggression.

They love to line him on on the marker. He had no trouble moving backwards, and cutting outside to go after the ball (1:49). Consistently at the magic yellow line. He made his way through traffic a little slower, found position, and made the tackle (1:57). Watch this great blitz off the edge (2:10). His elite speed got him to where he wanted to be, but he can get there so fast that he can struggle to react sometimes. He needs to slow it down sometimes, just a little.

Cover One. He will play the Cover One Safety, which is very important for him on Tape. He has to show up in coverage to go as early as he should (2:25). He can play FS in the NFL. Watch the speed and movement skills as he covered about 40-yards of grass on that play (2:38). Cover Two, with 9 guys on the line (2:50). Stayed in control and made the hit on the sideline.

He let himself get blocked out of the play by Mayo (2:57). Cover Two. He is so fast to react to the run, but he took a bad angle and if the RB had been able to turn upfield it could have been real bad (3:05). Watch the false step as he saw the play action (3:11). But then watch the great recovery. He has elite reaction speed on the field. Watch how quick he got to the WR after he saw the throw. That is just great.

Looks like Cover One. He has help over the top of the top of the WR (3:21). Cover Three. He started to slide back, and stopped. He read the run play. Quicker than anyone else. But watch the smarts inside of the aggression, as he found Stewart on the 2nd level and stayed in front of the QB (3:35). Cover Two. Watch how quick he got up field through all the trickeration to get just enough of a grab on the WR to slow him down (3:46). He missed the tackle again (3:56). He played the edge, slowed, and got the TFL (4:07). He is coming and he doesn't care (4:28). Watch this great leap over the pile. Then he turned inside and hit the RB for another TFL. He had a couple mistackle do to his over aggression, but then made the two big plays when it mattered the most. 

Adams Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqYUeYZZmxQ

Adams Vs A&M:

I thought he was terrific in the this game. After seeing his primarily weakness against Alabama, now let's take a look at his most surprising strength in this game. Watch how fast he got from throw to ball (:01). Watch the quick twitch as he blitzed. He bopped back and forth and got the sack (:09). This was one of the plays I wanted to see. Here he was lined up in coverage in the slot on the big WR. He looked like a great big press CB (:28). Watch the great feet as he moved backwards. He absorbed the big push off by the big man, and maintained position. That was terrific coverage for the big SS.

Just watch this elite speed and range as he attacked forward to cover the RB sneaking out to the flat (:35). Here he was again adjusting before the snap. Watch how he burst out of the read and how he got to the sideline and helped force the RB out of bounds (:50). Box Safety (:58). He read the fake first, and then burst inside and tackled the RB.

He will start off as a rookie on special teams (1:12). Watch the great COD as he turned up field when he saw the QB throw. He arrived at the RB before he could make a move. That was amazing movement skills (1:27). Terrific Off coverage on the Slot WR (1:38). BB would start him as a gunner on day one (1:51). Another example of nice man coverage on the big WR (2:26). Safeties have to be able cover to stay on the field in the NFL.

He was so good in man coverage in the game. You usually don't get to see this. Watch him run over the pick. Then he easily got deep with the WR (2:31). He did a great job not getting over aggressive. Then punched the blocker off and made the tackle (2:39). He was all over Seals-Jones in this game. That is just great coverage again (2:56). Great man coverage to force the incompletion (3:07). He dominated Seals-Jones in Man coverage all game. This is some Tape every DC is going to want to see.

He filled the hole and took out the RB (3:23). Played over the top, and got caught too far outside (3:55). Watch the feet and hips as he mirrored Seals-Jones. He was much better in man than in zone (4:08). He played the angle very well, which was his weakness (4:16). That was perfect off coverage (4:26). The coverage was good, not great. But watch him come off the coverage, and make the tackle on the other WR (4:35). Again the coverage was perfect. He held him up enough to ruin the timing of the throw (4:47). I think he can play some CB in the NFL. Okay, now you can laugh at me.

Adams Vs A&M:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iab8h6XEq8A

Adams' Official Bio:

2016 LSU Permanent Team Captain 
2016 First Team All-America (CBS Sports, Pro Football Focus) 
2016 Second Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association, AP) 
2016 First Team All-SEC (AP) 
2016 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
2015 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches, AP)
2014 Freshman All-American (Sporting News, Scout.com, 247Sports.com)
2014 All-SEC Freshman Team


CAREER: One of top defensive backs in LSU history and continued to help validate the school’s claim of being “DBU” over the past three years … Played in 37 games with 26 starts, including every game in 2015 and 2016 … Finished career with 209 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, five interceptions and two sacks … First Team All-America and First Team All-SEC in 2016 when he was the leader of an LSU defense that allowed only 16 touchdowns all season … Freshman All-America in 2014 and Second Team All-SEC as a sophomore in 2015 … Played for three different coordinators during his LSU career … In three years at LSU, played on two units that ranked in the top 10 in the nation in total defense (No. 9 in 2015 with 316.8 ypg; No. 10 in 2017 with 314.4 ypg) and in the top five in scoring defense (No. 5 in 2015 with 17.2 ppg; No. 5 in 2016 with 15.8 ppg) … LSU also ranked No. 3 in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2014 … Tenacious defender and a big hitter with a knack for always being around the football … Plays with a great deal of confidence, emotion, and swagger, much like that of former LSU All-America Tyrann Mathieu … One of the best tacklers in college football … A vocal leader both in the locker room and on the field … Dad played college football at Kentucky and was first round draft pick of the New York Giants in 1985.

JUNIOR SEASON (2016): Started all 12 games at safety earning First Team All-America honors from CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus after recording 76 tackles and 7.5 tackles for losses … Voted as a permanent Team Captain for the LSU defense following the season … Also named a winner along with Tre’Davious White and Kendell Beckwith as the Percy Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year for the Tigers … Leader of LSU defense that ranked among the best in the nation … LSU finished year allowing only 16 touchdowns in 12 games, the fewest in the nation … LSU also ranked No. 2 in the SEC in scoring defense (15.8) and rushing defense (117.2), No. 3 in total defense (314.0) and No. 4 in pass defense (197.2) … LSU held opponents to only nine passing touchdowns, which ranked as the second-lowest total in the FBS … Against the run, the longest rush LSU allowed all season was 35 yards … Played one the best game of his career in 29-9 win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl as he had six tackles and was a key reason the Tigers held the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson without a TD for the first time all season … As part of the defense used to contain the Heisman winner, LSU held Jackson to season low of 33 rushing yards and to only 153 passing yards, his second-lowest total of the season … Had a sack, two tackles for loss and five total tackles in win over Texas A&M to close the regular season … Had an interception, six tackles and a tackle for loss against Alabama as the Tigers held the Crimson Tide scoreless for the first three quarters in a 10-0 setback … Posted career-best 13 tackles as LSU limited Auburn to six field goals in an 18-13 loss … Had 11 tackles in win over Southern Miss and added nine tackles in SEC victory over Mississippi State.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015): Played and started all 12 games at safety for the Tigers … Earned second team All-SEC honors from both the league coaches and the Associated Press … Finished third on team with 67 tackles, including 47 solo stops … Added 5.0 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and four interceptions … Had best statistical game against Western Kentucky with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in the win over the Hilltoppers … Had seven tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, recovered a fumble and returned an interception 23 yards against Arkansas … Other interceptions came in wins over Auburn and Eastern Michigan … Had 10 tackles, all solo, against Alabama for the second of his two double-figure tackle games in 2015 … Capped season with seven tackles and a pass breakup in bowl win over Texas Tech. 

TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (2014): Freshman All-America and member of All-SEC Freshman Team after playing in all 13 games with two starts … First player off the bench in secondary for the Tigers as he was inserted into game as LSU’s fifth defensive back in the nickel package … One of 17 true freshmen to see action for the Tigers in 2014 … Finished season with 66 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and a sack … Broke up five passes … Had best game of season in Music City Bowl against Notre Dame with career-best 10 tackles to go with 2.0 tackles for losses (-5 yards) … Against Notre Dame, had a tackle for a 4-yard loss on 4th-and-1 for the Irish at the LSU 20-yard line that ended a drive … Had eight tackles and a tackle for a 3-yard loss in road win over Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Night in what was his second career start … Had eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses and first career sack in win over Kentucky in Tiger Stadium ... Registered seven tackles at Auburn ... Added five stops versus No. 3 Ole Miss, Sam Houston State and New Mexico State ... Tallied three pass breakups in win over Ole Miss … Earned his first career start at safety against No. 4 Alabama (2 tackles) … Named a captain for the ULM game, the first freshman to earn that honor during the Les Miles era ... One of LSU’s top performers on special teams, finishing season with 10 tackles.

ADAMS’ CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

YEAR
G-GS
UT
AT
TT
TFL
SACKS
PBU
QBH
INT
FF
FR
2014 13-2 38 28 66 5.0-11 1.0-1 5 0 0 0 0-0
2015 12-12 47 20 67 5.0-7 0-0 6 1 4-30 1

1-0

2016
12-12
42 34 76 7.5-27 1.0-6 4
1
1-0 1
0
Totals
37-26
127 82 209 17.5-45 2.0-7 15
2
5-30 2
1-0

 

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