Jamal Adams is a great selection for the future
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets have selected LSU safety Jamal Adams with the No. 6 overall pick, and it’s a good pick for their future.
The New York Jets needed to bolster their secondary, and they did by picking Adams in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After a wild early first round that saw the Chicago Bears trade up for Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 overall, the Jets got a steal at No. 6, like they did in 2015 when they landed Leonard Williams.
Adams not only helps their run defense but also their pass defense in multiple ways. First, he can jump down in the box and take away running lanes. Secondly, he can play robber and take away the middle of the field. He’s big enough to cover tight ends one-on-one.
Finally, he will help the pass rush. It’s an area the Jets needed help in after a lackluster pass rush last season. It’s similar to the offensive line giving the quarterback enough time to throw. If guys are getting open quickly, it’s not possible for the defensive line to get home.
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NFL Network‘s Mike Mayock said this about Adams:
“Jamal Adams is the safest pick in the draft. You pair him with Marcus Gilchrist and all of a sudden you have one of the best safety tandems in football. I would assume Mike Maccagnan thinks he can augment the corner position because it is so deep later on.” — Mike Mayock
So, Adams won’t only help the coverage of the defense but he will help the defensive line be able to wreak havoc and utilize their talent. General manager Mike Maccagnan really made a wise move here thanks to everything Adams will bring on defense.
Players like Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams could see growth in production. A pick like Adams will help keep the Jets in games. Don’t expect it to translate to wins immediately, but the games will look much better in the future. Adams will be the real deal on a defense that will be searching for its identity over the next few years.