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Jets' Pick at No. 6: LSU Safety Jamal Adams

Posted Apr 27, 2017

'Humble' Young Man Packed a Punch & Displayed Top Leadership in His 3 Years as a Bayou Bengal

Updated, 11:15 p.m. ET

The Jets, with their sixth pick of the 2017 NFL Draft tonight, stayed put rather than trading down and selected LSU safety Jamal Adams, called by some draft analysts "the best prospect in the draft."

It is the ninth time in the last eight drafts that the Jets have selected a defensive player in the first round.

"We felt very fortunate that Adams fell to us at that spot," general manager Mike Maccagnan said shortly after the pick was made. "We feel he's a very good player and he'll be a great addition to the Jets not only as a player on the field but what he brings from an intangible standpoint off the field."

The Jets made their pick around 8:50 p.m. ET after the Browns kicked off the evening by selecting DE Myles Garrett, the Bears swapped places with the 49ers to take QB Mitch Trubisky second, the Niners then took DE Solomon Thomas, the Jaguars plucked RB Leonard Fournette, and the Titans, selecting ahead of the Jets, surprised by grabbing WR Corey Davis.


Head coach Todd Bowles said his first-round rookie "is an outstanding player, obviously. He's smart, fast, tough, physical, he's an alpha, he's good on and off the field. He checked all the boxes for us and really we think we got a real good football player."

Adams told Jets reporters on a conference call that the Jets kept a predraft promise to him.

"They seemed interested when I went on a visit. It was exciting to get up there and visit Jersey," he said. "They were definitely saying if I slip to six, no questions asked, they were coming to get me. And they kept their word and they delivered."

The son of former Giants first-round RB George Adams (19th overall, 1985, out of Kentucky), Adams praised his father's contribution to his career so far in remarks on ESPN immediately after the selection.

"He did everything for me," said Jamal, who wore uniform No. 33 at LSU as George wore No. 33 for the Giants. "He kept me humble, he kept me wise, as well as my mother, as well as my brothers and sisters. They just kept me humble.”


Adams (6'0", 214) was considered one of the Bayou Bengals' best on-field leaders in years. His one interception and four pass defenses as a junior last season weren't eye-popping, but his zero penalties committed were impressive.

He was named LSU's permanent team captain in 2016 and received various All-America first- and second-team honors and All-SEC first-team honors from The Associated Press.

For his three-season LSU career, Adams played in 37 games (26 starts) with five INTs, 14 PDs, two forced fumbles and one recovery, 209 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

At the Combine his 4.13-second 20 shuttle was tied for second at his position while his 4.56 in the 40 wasn't eye-opening but he blew that away with sub-4.40 times at his pro day. He appears comfortable either in the box or in coverage.



Adams is the sixth No. 6 pick in franchise history. The Green & White took future Hall of Fame RB John Riggins at No. 6 in 1971 as well as DT Carl Barzilauskas (1974), QB Richard Todd (1976), LB Vernon Gholston (2008) and, two years ago, DL Leonard Williams, who this past season played in his first Pro Bowl.

He is only the fourth LSU player ever drafted by the Jets and the first since 1977 when the Green & White took G Dan Alexander in the eighth round (200th overall). The only other Tiger drafted by the Jets in the first round was RB Jerry Stovall, third overall in 1963, the franchise's first AFL draft as the Jets. Stovall never played for the Green & White.

 


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