With the 6th pick the New York Jets select… That answer will be revealed on April 27th. For now, one potential option could be LSU safety Jamal Adams.
Jamal is the son of former NFL pro George Adams, who played for the Giants and Patriots from 1985 to 1991. A First-Team All-SEC selection in 2016, Adams believes he can ‘do everything,’ be one of the best safeties in the NFL and desires to be a Hall of Famer.
At his Pro Day, Adams improved on his combine 40 yard dash time of 4.56 seconds to somewhere in the high 4.3’s to low 4.4’s. He now seems locked in as a top-5 pick, but could slip to the Jets at 6 similar to how Leonard Williams fell two seasons ago. The knock that many critics seem to lay at his feet is that he is a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none.
Film: (Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn, Texas A&M)
- Aggressive downhill tackler that attacks the ball carrier. Over-aggressiveness leads to missed tackles: leans and ducks head looking for highlight hits.
- Quickness and aggression to succeed in press vs slot receivers.
- Very good instincts and recognition. High football intelligence.
- Fights through and eludes blockers. Takes smart angles to the ball carrier in space.
Should Adams be selected to the Jets, the value of his skills on the field may be second to the value of his leadership and attitude in the locker room. On the field, he could take over the role that Calvin Pryor was supposed to provide. If Pryor were to stay, he could slide into his more natural in-the-box safety spot (big nickle) with Adams handling more coverage responsibilities in the slot. (The Tyrann Mathieu role)
Will he be there at 6? With the draft around the corner, the Jets would likely be interested.