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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.

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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.

 

 

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I would have preferred a trade out.  If that couldn't happen, and they had to pick, Adams was a no-brainer.  The offensive player most people had us taking was Howard.  Where did he get picked?  Didn't seem like very good value.  Adams had great value.  Kid will be a day one starter.  Good player, good pick

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Round 1, pick No. 6: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Jets take best defensive back in draft class

Some projected Jamal Adams to go as high as No. 2 or No. 3 overall, so the Jets have to be elated to find him still on the board at No. 6. In three seasons at LSU, Adams allowed just 59.8 percent of throws into his coverage to be completed, breaking up 17 total balls while yielding just one touchdown. Throughout the 2016 season, he showed the ability to line up all over the field, excelling at both free and strong safety, as well as slot cornerback. He is also a competitive run defender, capable of using his speed and quickness to defeat blockers and pile up defensive stops. — Josh Liskiewitz, @PFF_Josh

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2 minutes ago, AFJF said:

From PFF

Round 1, pick No. 6: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Jets take best defensive back in draft class

Some projected Jamal Adams to go as high as No. 2 or No. 3 overall, so the Jets have to be elated to find him still on the board at No. 6. In three seasons at LSU, Adams allowed just 59.8 percent of throws into his coverage to be completed, breaking up 17 total balls while yielding just one touchdown. Throughout the 2016 season, he showed the ability to line up all over the field, excelling at both free and strong safety, as well as slot cornerback. He is also a competitive run defender, capable of using his speed and quickness to defeat blockers and pile up defensive stops. — Josh Liskiewitz, @PFF_Josh

Almost excited to see Gronkowski and Edelman humiliate him.

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5 minutes ago, AFJF said:

From PFF

Round 1, pick No. 6: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

Jets take best defensive back in draft class

Some projected Jamal Adams to go as high as No. 2 or No. 3 overall, so the Jets have to be elated to find him still on the board at No. 6. In three seasons at LSU, Adams allowed just 59.8 percent of throws into his coverage to be completed, breaking up 17 total balls while yielding just one touchdown. Throughout the 2016 season, he showed the ability to line up all over the field, excelling at both free and strong safety, as well as slot cornerback. He is also a competitive run defender, capable of using his speed and quickness to defeat blockers and pile up defensive stops. — Josh Liskiewitz, @PFF_Josh

Allowed "just" 59.8% of throws into his coverage to be completed? Is that a typo or is that actually supposed to be good?

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