Safety | LSU | Junior
Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 213 pounds
2016: Adams recorded 76 tackles (42 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, four passes broken up and one interception over 12 games played. He earned First Team All-America honors from CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus following the season and was voted as a permanent team captain for an LSU defense that allowed only 16 touchdowns in 12 games.
Career: Adams totaled 209 tackles (127 solo) with 17.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, 15 pass breakups and five interceptions; played in 37 career games, including 26 starts; named Freshman All-American and to All-SEC Freshman team; helped LSU rank third in the nation in pass efficiency defense in 2014 and fifth in scoring defense in 2015 and 2016
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
Bench press: 18 reps of 225 pounds
Broad jump: 10 feet, 0 inches
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
3-cone drill: 6.96 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.13 seconds
60-yard shuttle: 11.92 seconds
Summary: Despite the competitive environment of an ever-deep LSU secondary, Adams impressed and saw game action early on in his collegiate career. As a true freshman in 2014, he received two starting nods and finished the year with 66 tackles, in addition to 10 special teams tackles.
Adams became a full-time starter as a sophomore and received Second-Team All-SEC honors after his four-interception season. A draft profile written for NFL.com credits Adams’ physicality, tackling and vision, as well as leadership in the secondary through a “smart-but-aggressive” approach to the game.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein called Adams an “interchangeable safety with a sheriff’s mentality.”
“Adams is a physical tone-setter who should thrive near the line of scrimmage or in a robber role,” Zierlein said. “[He] should be a commanding presence in the locker room early on, and his do-as-I-do play demeanor could be the catalyst for turning a struggling defense around quickly.”
Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock and counterpart Bucky Brooks each rank Adams as the second-best safety behind Ohio State’s Malik Hooker in this year’s draft class. Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated places Adams as the No. 1 player in his position group.
Runs in the family: Jamal is the son of George Adams, who was a standout running back at Kentucky and was selected 19th overall by the Giants in the 1985 NFL Draft. George played for the Giants from 1985-89 and for the Patriots from 1990-91.