Jamal Adams 2017 NFL Draft Profile

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 19: Jamal Adams #33 of the LSU Tigers reacts during a game against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Florida won 16-10. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Position: Strong Safety
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 213 pounds
School: LSU Tigers

Combine Performance Data
40-yard dash
: 4.56 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet

Jamal Adams 2017 NFL Draft Profile

This season, Jamal Adams has wrapped up an impressive three-year college career with the LSU Tigers. Adams started every game the last two years and played a significant role as a true freshman prior to that. In this time he accumulated 209 total tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles, 17 1/2 tackles for a loss, and two sacks.

This season’s change at head coach for LSU is not the only coaching change Adams has played through. Adams has played for three different coordinators in three seasons, yet his play has seemingly improved every season. Voted a defensive captain, Adams was the leader of a defense which ranked ninth in total defense and fifth in scoring defense this season.

Adams is a player who is generating a lot of excitement as the draft approaches. He plays with a high level of emotion and reckless abandon. He is a true heavy hitting strong safety who comes up in run support with authority. He seems to have the correct mental makeup to play defensive back in the NFL as a player with a high football IQ and swagger to spare.

Adams started as a freshman at a school with a reputation for producing NFL defensive backs and in one of the best conferences in college football. The lights in the NFL will certainly not be too bright for him. He has been through a couple of difficult seasons at LSU, but has consistently elevated his level of play.


  • big hitter – loves contact;
  • makes pre-snap reads;
  • intense, high energy player;
  • a proven leader;
  • sure hands and good ball skills;
  • good size;
  • experienced having started every game the last two seasons.


  • better closer to the line than in deep field coverage;
  • plays high at times;
  • seems a little stiff;
  • lacks elite speed;
  • does not always put his body in the best position to make a tackle;
  • may not match up favorably in man situations versus NFL slots.

NFL Comparison: Tyrann Mathieu

Teams with Need a Position: Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots

Projection: First Round – Top 10

Bottom Line

Jamal Adams is a tough physical player who plays the game the way it should be played. His aggressive style of play and intelligence will make him an asset in the NFL. He plays best closer to the line and would fit well into a system that allows him to do so.

Adams is aggressive and intense, but has physical limitations. The style with which Adams plays and his great effort will help him realize success in the NFL.


  1. […] Jamal Adams was taken in the 2017 NFL Draft to be a transformative player; not just a good safety, or a quality starter, but a dominant force. Through three games of his young career, Adams looks the part. He played well in the season’s first two games, well enough to earn him Pro Football Focus’s highest grade of all rookies. On Sunday, however, Adams was in a different class. The LSU product was firing on all cylinders, and ignited his team in the process. The performance was punctuated by a two-play sequence in which Adams deflected a Jay Cutler pass on second down, and sacked the quarterback on third down. Barring injury, or some unforeseen turn of events, Adams will be a special player for this franchise. […]

  2. […] Jamal Adams might steal all the headlines, but this defense has a lot of holes and it starts up front. Though the defensive line is without Sheldon Richardson this year, there is still no excuse for their lack of sacks. Moving back in the defense, the linebackers aren’t able to contain or control any team’s running backs. The secondary is thin now and has done a good job stopping receivers from taking over the game and it’s hard for them to do their job when there is no pass rush. Todd Bowles is a defensive coach and has to fix the defense. […]


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