The New York Jets landed LSU safety Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
With the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the New York Jets selected LSU safety, Jamal Adams. The Jets benefited from other moves made by teams ahead of them in the draft and had one of the best players in this year’s class fall into their lap.
This is reminiscent of when the Jets landed Leonard Williams in 2015. Williams was arguably the top player in the draft but fell into the Jets lapCoincidentallyly, Williams was the sixth overall selection as well.
Adams has an NFL pedigree. His father, George Adams, was selected by the New York Giants with the 19th overall pick in 1985. He made a bet with his father when he was a child that he would be selected higher than him in the NFL Draft, and he is now able to cash in on that gamble.
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Adams brings a ton of versatility to the Jets defensive backfield. He can play either safety position and does it physically. He can play the centerfield role if needed but excels closer to the line of scrimmage. He can be a difference-maker in the run game.
Adams was productive in his time with the Tigers. He compiled 189 tackles, 17.5 of which went for a loss in his three seasons with LSU. He added 15 pass breakups, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
The Jets are getting a player that should be able to step in and play right away. Their pass defense was expected to be a strength for the team in recent seasons but fell off a cliff in 2016. Adams can help get the secondary playing up to par.
Adams is the exact type of player that the Jets needed. With some toxicity in their locker room in recent seasons, Adams should help the Jets get the culture that Todd Bowles wants. Mike Maccagnan and Bowles have to ecstatic that they landed Adams. Like Williams, they are hoping that they have gotten a steal with the sixth overall selection.