Player: Jamal Adams
School: Louisiana State University
Size: 6-foot-1, 213 pounds
With the signing of quarterback Mike Glennon on the opening day of the NFL free-agency period, the idea that the Bears may go in a different direction than a quarterback with their third overall pick has gained some additional traction.
One of the names that has been suggested for the Bears by multiple NFL Draft experts, including Todd McShay in his most recent mock draft, is Jamal Adams, the junior safety out of LSU. Adams is the nation’s top safety recruit, after racking up 76 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, an interception, and four passes defended for the Tigers of LSU in 2016 during his junior season.
Adams would immediately make an impact on the Bears by anchoring a woeful secondary in the backfield at the safety position, even more so with the added depth moves that the Bears made in the last week or two, including the additions of Prince Amukamara, Marcus Cooper, and Quintin Demps.
- Presence/Leadership: Adams has a strong presence on the field, and anchors the secondary with that presence and strength to back it up. Adams, one of the more NFL-ready players in the draft, would immediately anchor the secondary for the Bears with his commanding presence alone. Adams has been called a field general on the defensive side of the ball, and shown the ability to align his secondary properly before plays.
- Run Defense: Adams has shown a high motor advancing into the box and looking to punish opposing running backs to this point in his career, and is not afraid to hit anyone. Adams changes gears well, and plays off the blockers to make clean open arm tackles on opposing ball carriers. The Tigers run defense, anchored in the secondary by Adams, was ranked second in the SEC in 2016.
- Pass Coverage: Adams’ pass coverage skills are nothing to sleep on either, known for being a menace in the front seven, and blowing up opposing screen plays, Adams shows the capability to cover tight ends on pass routes with ease. Adams recorded five interceptions over the last two seasons, and made multiple pass defenses.
- Aggressiveness: As I mentioned earlier, Adams loves to play up in the box and wreak havoc on running plays and screen pass plays, unfortunately, his aggressiveness sometimes opens him up to play-action passes downfield.
- Hands: Adams has shown a limited tendency to drop interceptions when back in coverage, limiting his ability to play a “center field” type role at the safety position, and while he was interchangeable between the two safety positions in college, the lack of hands will relegate him to the strong safety position in the NFL.
Jamal Adams is the best safety in the draft, and likely the best defensive back in the draft for that matter, and the Bears have lacked a commanding presence like Adams in their secondary since the days of Mike Brown, and Charles Tillman in his prime. Adams’ NFL Comparison according to many draft experts is one of the better safeties to ever play the game, Darren Woodson.
An anchor within the secondary, that was a leader on the field and in the locker room, are qualities being tossed around in conversation when speaking about Adams as we lead up to the NFL Draft less than one month from now. The Bears now have Glennon under center, and could take Patrick Mahomes out of Texas Tech in the second round of the draft to add some additional options and talent into the mix at the quarterback.
The Bears have always been known as a smash-mouth defensive minded team, at least in the years that they have seen success, and Jamal Adams would instantly help bring the Bears defense back to a place that it once was. He’s a smash mouth, hard hitting, field general on the defensive side of the ball who has the potential to be the center of a talented secondary in Chicago.
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