Jamal Adams is arguably the top safety prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft class.
The 6-0, 214-pound LSU product at the Combine ran a 4.56 40-yard dash. In three seasons with the Tigers, he made 128 solo tackles, including 18 for loss, and picked off five passes. Here is Garrett's 2017 NFL Draft scouting report, provided by Optimum Scouting's 2017 NFL Draft Guide.
Jamal Adams NFL Combine results
40-yard dash: 4.56
Bench press: 18
Broad jump: 120.0
20-yard shuttle: 4.13
60-yard shuttle: 11.92
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NFL Draft picks: Jamal Adams scouting report
Adams was the No. 1 safety recruit in the nation out of high school, and he comes from an NFL pedigree, as his dad won a Super Bowl with the Giants.
As a true freshman at LSU, Adams played in all 13 games and had 36 tackles to earn freshman All-American honors. As a sophomore, he became a full-time starter and earned All-SEC honors. As a junior, he was a team captain and a first-team AP All-American.
Adams is an all-around safety. He loves to come into the box on rushing attempts and lay the boom. He drives through his tackles and has insane closing speed. He shows impressive ball skills and can mirror tight ends across the middle with incredible balance and agility to switch on routes.
Adams also can guard slot receivers and destroy screen passes and weak receiver blocking. He will wreak havoc as a special teams contributor.
Adams didn’t commit a single penalty as a junior despite being very aggressive in all phases of the game. That aggressiveness, though, sometimes can get him caught in bad situations like leaving his responsibility or biting on fakes.
Adams has plenty of All-Pro potential and should be drafted no lower than the top 10. He can play all over the field, and he should have an immediate impact in the NFL from Day 1.
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This NFL Draft scouting report is included in Optimum Scouting’s 2017 NFL Draft Guide, which is available for purchase here. The draft guide includes 300-plus scouting reports as well as position-specific analytics for prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft.
(Report by Austin Baumer)