Mock Draft Player Preview: Jamal Adams

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The Detroit Lions are projected to take Jamal Adams with the number 14 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

This series is to give you guys a look at who Matt Miller, NFL Draft Lead Writer from Bleacher Report, has us taking in his mock drafts as the season goes on. We will be breaking down who we “take” and if the player would be a good or bad fit for the team.

In his first Mock Draft, Matt Miller had us picking sixth and taking linebacker Jabrill Peppers from the University of Michigan. Next he had us taking Malik McDowell, defensive lineman from Michigan State.

Now, a week later, Detroit stays at the 14th pick and this time we are taking Jamal Adams from LSU.

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Does Jamal Adams Fill a Need?

Yes, Jamal Adams would be a good addition to the team in a position that could use help. Glover Quin is the only talented player at the position on the team right now. Tavon Wilson hasn’t been impressive or horrible since joining the team, but he is currently dealing with an injury. Next is Rafael Bush who, like Wilson, hasn’t blown fans away with his talent but isn’t doing horrible either. Miles Killebrew may see a transition to linebacker and Don Carey is a special teams focus. Detroit needs to find some help for Quin and a player like Adams would help the secondary.

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Is Jamal Adams a Good or Bad Fit?

Adams is a good fit for Detroit. While safety isn’t a big need for the team, he could still be drafted and used to help the defense that needs all the help it can use. In his career so far, Adams has 167 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, one sack, four interceptions, 12 pass deflections, one forced fumble and recovery.

Adams is also 6’1, a tall safety that could get up big for the incomplete pass or interception. Adams seems to support stopping the run rather than being in coverage, but Detroit doesn’t have that right now and adding this type of safety could give them some new options on defense. He is getting compared to Deone Bucannon with the type of hits he can deliver as well. Detroit only has Slay and Quin as the studs in the secondary, adding some help to increase the chances for turnovers and stops would be helpful for the Lions.

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Brandon Knapp
Brandon Knapp is a senior at Central Michigan University, majoring in Journalism, minoring in Sports Management. He was born and raised in the city of Marysville, MI. He also writes for and covers the Michigan Wolverines Football team (his other love). Brandon also enjoys watching the Detroit Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers.