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New York Jets Film Room – 1st Round Pick Jamal Adams

May 19th, 2017 at 8:35 AM
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Jamal Adams joins Gang Green with big expectations. What kind of player have the Jets selected with this year’s sixth pick?


  • 2014: 13 games played, 66 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 5 passes defensed
  • 2015: 12 games played, 67 total tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, 6 passes defensed, 1 fumble forced
  • 2016: 12 games played, 76 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 4 passes defensed, 1 fumble forced

Measurables courtesy of

Height6â?² 0â?³31
Weight214 lbs76
Arm Length33â??”93
Hand Size9¼”40
40 Yard Dash4.56s53
Vertical Jump31½”8
Broad Jump120â?³50
3-Cone Drill6.96s63
20 Yard Shuttle4.13s72
60 Yard Shuttle11.92s17
Bench Press18 reps63

DISCLAIMER: While is an amazing overall resource for watching draft prospects, trying to break down a player who is not even on camera for a decent amount of snaps every game is difficult. I think I’ve gotten a good feel for Adams, but there’s some projection involved.


Adams came to LSU with high expectations and was as advertised, contributing as a true freshman and subsequently starting the next two seasons. Whether it’s meaningful or not can be debated, but every player that joins this team with any expectations gets the “can he handle the New York spotlight?” question. If it’s a real thing, Adams should be able to handle it. He was a big-time recruit and met the challenge head-on, ending up as the leader of one of the nation’s annual top defenses.

He’s a well-built 6’0 214 pounds and a solid athlete who makes the most of his physical traits with an aggressive demeanor and decisive decision making. At LSU he was Mr. Everything, lining up at virtually every back seven position at one point or another and showing proficiency in a number of roles. In zone coverage he shows quick mental processing, diagnosing what’s in front of him and reacting to place himself in a good position to make a play. In man coverage he’s physical and can stick with most tight ends and some bigger, slower wide receivers.

It’s play closer to the line of scrimmage where he really sticks out. In the bubble screen laden landscape of college football, it was a frequent sight to see Adams crash down and smack an unsuspecting wide receiver for a big hit and a minimal gain. He’ll blow up block attempts from wide receivers. His aggressive instinct to fly down and hit somebody is best used when he’s given a target on …

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