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Jets go Defense in Round 1 Again, Take LSU Safety Jamal Adams

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By Glenn Naughton

 

Jets fans hoping to see Gang Green take the leap and choose an offensive player in the first round didn’t get their wish as Mike Maccagnan and company went with LSU safety Jamal Adams.

For the second time in three years, the Jets have stayed put at number six and chosen a defensive player who some onlookers view as the best overall player in the draft.  It happened two years ago with Leonard Williams and then again today with Adams.

“We felt very fortunate that he fell to us in that spot” said GM Mike Maccagnan.  “He’s a smart, tough physical guy.  We thing we got a really good football player and we had him rated high” added Todd Bowles.

“I think he was the best player on the board in the first round” said NFL analyst Bucky Brooks, while other lauded Adams’ off the charts leadership, which pairs well with his versatility.

While at LSU, Adams spent over 40% of his time lined up in the slot and moved all over the field on defense for the Tigers.

Adams picked off 5 passes in 36 career games.

Adams’ versatility will immediately bring the job security of Marcus Gilchrist in to question as he recovers from a season-ending injury in what was a down year as Adams figures to be a plug and play safety and another young defender on a defense that was among the worst in the NFL last season.

 

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.