The Jets selected Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.
This was an absolute gift for the Jets. Adams was arguably the second or third best player in the entire draft and it perfectly matches up with their biggest need. At safety, they have Marcus Gilchrist coming off knee surgery and Calvin Pryor likely headed into the last year of his contract. The cupboard was bare.
Now they've got a leader for their secondary for many, many years.
And Adams can do it all. He can cover, he can rush the passer, he can stop the run. Normally when given a choice between a corner and a safety, the corner is the priority -- especially in a pass-happy league where most teams need three. But Adams was way too good to pass up for anyone. With his potential leadership ability, he could quickly be in a position to settle down a unit that was plagued by miscommunication last year.
Nobody thought he'd fall to the Jets, though. It took the Chicago Bears crazy trade up for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and then the Titans' head-scratching pick of Western Michigan WR Corey Davis at 5. When that happened, Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, a former defensive back himself, had to be doing back flips in their war room.
There weren't many ways the first round of the draft could've worked out better for the Jets
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
Tony Pauline has a scouting report on Adams at DraftAnalyst.com.
WHAT THE TEAM IS SAYING:
Head Coach Todd Bowles: "He is an outstanding player, obviously. Smart, fast, tough, physical, he's an alpha, he's good on and off the field. He checked all the boxes for us and really, we think we got a real good football player. We had him rated high."
GM Mike Maccagnan: "We feel he's a really good athlete for the position. We think he has good speed and range. He's an exceptionally instinctive player. We really like his physical aggressiveness. He's a very, very good tackler. Really when we analyzed him, we thought he was a very good well-rounded player at the position and, as Todd alluded to, we felt very comfortable with his ability to play close to the line of scrimmage or backed off in space."
Bowles: "We knew he was an alpha dog coming in because we knew that's how he played at LSU, those are all of his intangibles coming in. That's just part of it. The culture that we're trying to create. I think he's perfect for our building with the things he brings to the table so it's going to help us a great deal."