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Burke: Jamal Adams a 'Dream Scenario' for Jets

Sports Illustrated Reporter Raves About LSU Safety’s Football IQ


The Jets will have the opportunity Thursday night to add a potential impact player to their roster and Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke believes that could be LSU S Jamal Adams.

"Looking at it, that's kind of the dream scenario unless you want to trade down or if you're really in love with a quarterback there," Burke said. "I think Jamal Adams being at six would be ideal for the Jets because he fits what you want in a safety in the modern NFL.

"He's a guy that can play in the box, he can cover in the slot, match up with a tight end or drop him deep. I don't know that he's necessarily a single-high safety on a regular basis, but I think he can handle that from time to time especially if you're playing some zone coverage or two deep, he can in that formation."

The 6'0", 214-pounder racked up 209 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions over the course of his three-year career for the Tigers. As team captain in 2016, Adams was a First Team All-American and made First Team All-SEC. The Lewisville, TX native has solidified his stock throughout the draft process, highlighted by the 40-yard dash at his pro day in Baton Rouge. Adams was clocked anywhere between a 4.33 and 4.45, a vast improvement from his 4.56 Combine run.

Football runs in Adams' blood and you can tell by his passion for the game. Son of former Giants RB George Adams, Jamal has a friendly bet with his father on who will be the higher draft selection come (George was drafted No. 19 overall in 1985). It looks like the younger Adams will win that family wager as he has put himself in position to be a top ten selection.

"It's the leadership, the mentality," Burke said. "He's a really impressive guy and a really smart football IQ guy. He's someone that talks right now like he's been in the league for five or six years. He has that veteran feel to him. I don't think anything will be too big for him. So if you're talking about trying to tweak or rebuild a defense, I think he's a guy that you'd want to be one of those centerpieces."

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