Jamal Adams brings exciting change to culture of Jets
By William Bologna
The New York Jets made an extremely smart decision with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Safety Jamal Adams will bring an exciting change to the culture of Gang Green.
New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan continued to use his strategy of taking the best player available by selecting safety Jamal Adams from LSU in the 2017 NFL Draft. Adams is exactly what the Jets need, being referred to as not only a game changer but a “culture changer.”
A change in culture is exactly what the Jets need and Adams will bring energy to the Jets defense that looked lifeless at times this past season. With a strong defensive line, Adams can anchor the back end from the safety position.
This pick is reminiscent of the Leonard Williams pick at No. 6 in 2015 when he was not expected to fall to the Jets, but Maccagnan went with the best player available and it paid off, as will the selection of Adams at No. 6.
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The Jets have a roster with a lot of holes and no matter who they took, they would still have holes. In this scenario, taking the best player available is always the best option. Adams not only fills a hole at safety but is good enough to hide some deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball with an exceptional level of play.
Hence, filling those holes too. In a draft which is deep in safeties and a not a single cornerback drafted in the top 10, many good corners will be available to the Jets in Rounds 2 & 3. Giving the Jets a chance to completely rebuild their secondary through this year’s draft.
If Maccagnan and the Jets play their cards right and land a good starting cornerback at No. 39 in Round 2, they could be a good linebacker away from having an elite defense once again. While things on the offensive side of the ball may look bleak, behind a strong defense the Jets could become contenders once again sooner than many expect.