Jets take LSU Safety Jamal Adams at #6
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After all the rumors and nerves, the Jets had a consensus top-5 prospect in LSU safety Jamal Adams fall into their laps at #6. Adams, a captain that LSU people rave about, was First Team All-America and All-SEC in 2016. He finished the year with 76 tackles (7.5 for a loss), 1 sack, and 1 interception.
GM Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles admitted they didn’t project Adams falling to #6. “Felt very fortunate that (Jamal) Adams fell to us at that spot. Obviously, we feel he is a very good player, we feel he is going to be a good addition to the Jets not only as a player on the field but kind of what he brings from an intangible standpoint off the field,” said Maccagnan.
Bowles said he was very happy to get Adams, who he deemed could play either safety position. “He is an outstanding player, obviously. Smart, fast, tough, physical, he’s an alpha, he’s good on and off the field,” said the Jets head coach. Bowles also spoke about the leadership Adams brings to their organization. “I think he’s perfect for our building with the things he brings to the table so it’s going to help us a great deal.”
Adams, whose mother is from Yonkers, New York and whose father played for the Giants, is excited to come to the Big Apple. “It’s an unbelievable experience, unbelievable feeling, you know I really can’t describe it. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be a Jet.” Adams added that the Jets told him on his visit that they would pick him if he fell to them, and as he said, “they delivered.”
To listen to the full audio from the Maccagnan and Bowles press conference and the Adams conference call, click play below. The Adams call starts at the 13:29 minute mark.