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  1. http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/04/21/nfl-draft-jamal-adams-lsu-safety good article on adams, could cover te's and slot receivers Don’t Bring Any Disrespect at Jamal Adams Even if you’re just trying to block him, the former LSU safety is going to take it the wrong way. We learned that by watching game film with the likely top-five pick who grew up in football’s fast lane NFL Draft: What Falling In The Draft Day Means For A Player What falling in the draft day means for a player. Jamal Adams was 3 when he first played organized football, but like most preschoolers, he was raw. “My first year I would run the wrong way,” Adams says. “I was also looking at butterflies.” Before you bleat outrage in the name of long-term health, know that he didn’t play tackle football until the strapping age of 5. By then, of course, he was competing in the 8-year-old division. “My mom was all for it. She supported every game,” Adams says. “That’s just how it is. It wasn’t something I was forced to do . . . I fell in love with the game.” His mother, Michelle, had spent much of her life around football. In 1991 she married Jamal’s father, George, a first-round pick of the Giants in ’85. Four years after his father’s NFL career ended, Jamal was born in Lewisville, Tex., where he grew up in the football-crazed suburbs of Dallas. Born into football’s fast lane, Adams sped down it in a luxury car with a full navigation system. Besides having a former NFL running back as a dad, he cites Bill Parcells as a mentor and Michael Irvin is a close family friend. Staying in that fast lane, Adams played as a true freshman at LSU and declared for the draft two years later. He’s likely to be the first safety off this year’s board. And it’ll be a small disappointment if he doesn’t start for his new team in Week 1. Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images “I think this is what separates me from other cats in this draft,” he says as we watch film of him doing a Charles Woodson impression against Auburn, slithering toward the line of scrimmage to make a swiping tackle. “Film study. Instincts. Just being a football player, just making a play. Not always being a robot.” He plays the tape back. “Coming up, filling the hole. You won’t catch too many [other safeties] that fill the hole.” We’re in LSU’s defensive meeting room. It is 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning in March. We were scheduled for 11 a.m., but Adams called me the night before and asked to go earlier. He says he likes to get his day going. Adams studies film the same way he plays: with nonstop energy. Clicker in hand, he alternates from standing to sitting to strolling. He’ll answer a question and, in the same breath, move on to the next play. Watching film with him is like walking a dog that constantly tugs on the leash. • ANDY BENOIT: Every NFL Team’s Biggest Draft Need “I wouldn’t want to say that someone is better than me, but Earl Thomas has a lot more experience in the middle of the field, a lot more football IQ,” Adams says when asked who in the NFL right now tops him at playing as a deep, single-high safety. Then, before a follow-up question can be asked, he presses play, bringing the film back to life. “So right here. This is another hell of a play that I make. We’re in a shell call. They motion the X receiver. That means I get to blitz off the edge.” What jumps off the screen is Adams’s physicality. He’s a textbook tackler, both in traffic and in open space. This stems from tremendous change-of-direction ability and a closing burst. “I pride myself on tackling,” he says. “If I miss a tackle, that eats me alive. That’s almost worse than busting a coverage or giving up a touchdown.” An opposing player doesn’t need to have the ball to experience Adam’s wrath. On one of the first plays we see, he delivers a fierce, clean shot up high to Auburn receiver Darius Slayton, who was trying to make a block. Then Adams got in Slayton’s grill. “I simply told him, ‘You can’t block me. You’ll try to block me all game, it’s not going to happen. So just get it out of your head.’ You can tell when the game kept going, he didn’t come in there as hard.” Adams points at the screen. “Look—he had to adjust his facemask a little bit.” We watched several LSU games. In each of them, Adams delivered a high, hard shot to a wide receiver on the receiver’s first blocking attempt of the game. “I take pride when it comes to a receiver trying to block me—especially a small receiver. I really feel that I should not be blocked by anybody. So for a small receiver to come in and feel like he can block me? It’s disrespectful. If I’m not knocking him on his ass, he damn sure is going to be pushed back.” Listening to Adams, you naturally become curious about his views on the increased emphasis for player safety. “It’s football, man,” he says. “What made football was those hits. I remember watching Sean Taylor and Bob Sanders and Brian Dawkins just knock heads. That’s what I love about the game. They’re making it safer, I’m all about making the game safer. At the end of the day, you have to look at it beyond football. But they’ve taken away a little bit of the game. I wish they didn’t take that out. But as a [defensive back] you can still deliver that hit. You just have to lower your target. I adjusted my game when that rule was created.” • THE 2013 NFL DRAFT: Weird, Strange and Confounding Enthused as Adams gets about crushing people, what he wants you to know more than anything is that he can cover. Our film session is supposed to last 45 minutes, but it approaches two hours. Adams keeps thinking of more coverage scenarios to show. LSU has a spring practice later in the day. When the team finally needs its defensive meeting room back, Adams takes me upstairs to a position group room. After beckoning a video assistant to help get the computer screen on the large projector, Adams carries on. He goes through all the forms of coverage assignments he had at LSU, pulling up examples. We see zone from a strong safety spot. Man coverage out of the same look. Help-coverage from free safety. Iso-coverage against a tight end split out wide. Man-to-man in the slot. “I love it,” he says. “For some reason, certain people want to knock me for my coverage. I gave up one ball over 20 yards”—he’s talking about the Louisville game—“and a lot of people knocked me for my coverage. So when I hear somebody say, ‘He’s a box safety, his coverage ability is not great,’ that just triggers me. It’s like, are you really doing your job to where you’re watching film? You can ask any coach here. That’s what separates me from the pack.” Photo: Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Adams, the unequivocal leader of LSU’s defense, oozes confidence, but he’s not arrogant. He owns his mistakes. “That’s the one I busted,” he says, recognizing a formation that Auburn will use to complete a wheel route. “So right here, it’s just eye control. I had bad eyes. The linebacker and I had a lack of communication. That’s my route [responsibility] up the field. If there’s one play I’d want back from that game, it’d be that one.” The highest any safety has been drafted over the last four years was 14th overall (Karl Joseph, by the Raiders in 2016). Don’t be surprised if Adams goes in the top five. As the most rapidly evolving position in pro football, a safety is more valuable than ever. Eric Berry just set the market with his new six-year deal in Kansas City, worth $40 million guaranteed. Tyrann Mathieu, if he stays healthy in 2017, will stay with the Cardinals in a contract worth $40 million guaranteed. Mathieu’s former teammate, Tony Jefferson, just signed with the Ravens for $9 million a year, after turning down $10.5 million a year from the Browns. Overall, the top salaries for safeties since 2013 have grown more than any defensive position except for defensive tackle. A big reason for the safety’s rise: the position drives a scheme’s versatility. Every coverage disguise involves a safety. So do many blitzes. As the one guy the offense usually doesn’t have a blocker for, the safety is also integral in run defense. And, perhaps most importantly, he’s the answer to the flexible tight ends who line up all over the field. This is why Adams is adamant that his coverage prowess be known. He’s comfortable guarding tight ends anywhere, and matchups against the elite ones can’t come soon enough. “In the NFL nowadays, tight ends are evolving to where they’re receivers,” Adams says. “But in college, literally, I told my coach that tight ends were getting boring to cover. It was so naturally easy, I was getting bored out there. And these are my guys, so don’t get me wrong—but [Alabama’s] O.J. Howard, [Ole Miss’s] Evan Engram, those guys combined for like four catches on me total.” Adams’s favorite place to play is the slot. Which is important because NFL offenses now operate with three receivers on a majority of snaps. Many of those snaps come on first and second down, when the running game is still an option. To counter, defenses are starting to use three safeties. Having a safety who can cover the slot creates tremendous flexibility. (Ask the Eagles about Malcolm Jenkins, or the Cowboys about Byron Jones.) Just when you think Adams might be superhuman (at least by Jamal Adams’s estimation), the topic of playing linebacker comes up. Finally, there’s one area where he can’t pull up proof from his film. “I feel like I can play anywhere on the field. But linebacker? Yeah, I’m not gonna . . .” He trails off and then restarts with a soft chuckle. “When I say I like to get dirty, that doesn’t mean I want to, you know, be involved when it comes to these offensive linemen. I dip under linemen, I don’t try to take on too many. Linemen nowadays are huge. You gotta know your place. So when it comes to linebacker, nah, you can have that. But now if you ask me to do it”—he pauses just long enough to let acceptance enter his voice—“then yeah I’ll do it.”
  2. lol @ number 72 the RG who allows lee to go through without seeing him. Reminds me of something you would see in some older madden games. where the guard blocks the air.
  3. He replaces cromartie.. 6'2 4.5 40 http://lombardiave.com/2016/03/07/green-bay-packers-2016-nfl-draft-interview-juston-burris/ Some interview he did. " Q. Are there any NFL players (past or present) that you study, model your game after, or feel you draw comparisons to? Burris: I think the biggest one would have to be Richard Sherman. He’s a long corner who can disrupt receivers and completely shut down one side of the field. In college we reviewed film of the Seahawks’ press technique and I try to find little things in his game that I can bring into my own.
  4. HAPPY 420 Everyone.... (round 4 pick 20.)
  5. listening to bowles and mac on the press conference. Love how they answer the questions. Big relief from the clown.
  6. STRENGTHS: Jenkins, who proudly wears the captain "C" on his jersey, stood up on both sides of the line of scrimmage in the Bulldogs' versatile 3-4 scheme, often putting his hand on the ground as a defensive end in four-man fronts. He is heavy-handed to extend and the point of attack and set a hard edge, seeing through blockers to track the ball and make plays. Has flexible joints and lateral quickness to cross the face of the tackle, penetrating the backfield vs. the run to make stops. Perhaps most impressive about Jenkins' game given his 'tweener frame is his strength at the point of attack. For a player with his size, Jenkins shows good power to lock-out and create a pile, as well as the balance to string plays out wide. WEAKNESSES: 'Tweener frame and not a twitchy rusher. Has been a productive pass rusher over his career, but he doesn't possess elite agility and closing speed. Questions about scheme fit; played in a two- and three-point stance at Georgia, but does he lack the strength to star at end in a 4-3 or the coverage skills as a linebacker in a 3-4? IN OUR VIEW: A hybrid edge rusher, Jenkins played in both a two- and three-point stance in Georgia's base 3-4 scheme and was listed as a linebacker at the Senior Bowl. He is an athletic mover who can get upfield quickly with burst, using his heavy hands to extend and beat up blockers with his limbs. Jenkins is best attacking the pocket, but at linebacker, his change of direction skills and awareness will be challenged in space.
  7. They might take killebrew safety hybrid that bowles likes
  8. so who do we take 3rd round? Nick Vannett TE Perhaps
  9. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-football/25571761/hey-jets-fans-youll-love-the-grade-we-gave-christian-hackenberg they have thepick an a plus
  10. LOL and people are jumping out of their windows as I type this.. This is a guy I actually wanted.
  11. You might have been joking. But there are many people who are not. I mean look at the lee pick. People went nuts. HOW can my team not pick the guy being mocked on many boards, lynch. We take this too serious. Before I would probably be on here arguing and bickering among people about picks. But it's not that serious. Maybe we can better divert our energy. rooting for sports teams has become like patriotism, my team is the best dammit and my colors are the best! But it's a great way to keep us divided and distracted. I just watch and go for the ride.
  12. I am just thinking about the creative ways bowles will use him. I am looking at the bigger picture. Confusing the qb, He likes creative blitzes, He likes corner blitzes and safety blitzes, I think he will add another wrinkle you have to gameplan for, especially his speed. IS he going to blitz or is it the corner coming this time or maybe he drops back and the safety is the one blitzing. Sure he has lots to learn, but that is what coaches are for and he seems to be a fast learner. They see his potential, you know people who are scouts and coaches, not the average fan. They see that bigger picture of what they can do. On the phone call from bowles to lee, bowles said I told you I will see you again. So it's someone he probably wanted from the get go or maybe he just says that to all his visits.
  13. many are saying you could find a player similar in later rounds. Well they might have a qb in mind to take in later rounds that they feel is better than lynch. They might also like petty's development. I think the front office and scouts know more about the players they want than most of the people here enamored by mock drafts that had lynch going to us. People here act like a kid on Christmas when they don't get the toy they wanted. Just relax and see how things unfold. ILB was a position of need and they perhaps had him as the best player on their board. Maybe if he was not there the next person on there board was a WR, they would probably have taken that instead. But like I said they know who they want and who is on top of their boards. Just accept that and move on. Many are letting their egos get in the way. But he did not take the guy I I I wanted. Wait and see how they use him, wait and see what they do next before jumping off a bridge.
  14. thats the most animated I have seen bowles get on the sideline
  15. remember the 4th quarter is when rex always chokes
  16. You play to lose the game, you play to lose the game...
  17. No sense of urgency with this team, it happened against the eggles and now again
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