It’s a moment no football player will ever forget, getting that hallowed call from the team about to select them in the NFL draft.
Two years ago, LSU star safety Jamal Adams sat in the green room waiting to see where he would be spending his first years as a pro football player.
He didn’t have to wait long.
With the No. 6 overall pick in that draft, the Jets made a smart move by grabbing the complete prospect from one of the nation’s top defensive back factories.
Adams couldn’t contain his emotions once the call finally came:
— NFL Films (@NFLFilms) April 18, 2019
Adams still has fond memories of that life-changing moment:
The call that changed my life forever. It’s a feeling I cannot put into words. Thank you to the Jets organization for taking a chance on a young kid out of Texas, chasing his childhood dream! Luv https://t.co/bOCAwCoJjg
— Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) April 18, 2019
After a college career that featured All-America and All-SEC honors, Adams quickly established himself as one of the best safeties in the NFL, earning a Pro Bowl nod following the 2018 season. He started all 16 games in each of his first two seasons with the Jets, racking up 198 tackles, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception.
It’s safe to say that if given the chance to do it all over again, both Adams and the Jets wouldn’t change a thing about the way the first round of the 2017 NFL draft unfolded.
Will history repeat itself in 2019? Will the Jets land another iconic, impact player with their top-10 selection, joining the likes of Adams and 2018 No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold?