Jamal Adams has all the tools to be an elite NFL Safety (see the video below for proof of that). He is fast, physical, has a feel for offenses and makes quick decisions. However, I have heard some analysts worry about his ball skills. He had 5 career interceptions. They tend to bring up the fact that Ed Reed had 21 interceptions in his collegiate career; or that Sean Taylor had 14 in two seasons.
Jamal Adams is expected to be drafted within the first 5 overall picks. Eric Berry has been the only Safety taken that early since Sean Taylor, both of them taken at 5. It is said that many scouts and executives don’t value the safety position as highly as pass rusher, cornerback, quarterback, and left tackle. So, to take a Safety at that draft position means you would have to believe the player is going to be an elite player. Taylor and Berry have shown that previous scouts seeing them as elite talents have been correct.
Adams does not have the interception production that many of the past elite Safeties have had. This is obviously a concern. But, it is a concern that must be weighed against the positive aspects of Jamal Adams’ game.
I believe Adams has a bright NFL future and it seems nearly every scout would agree. There is a very talented group in this class, and there may be value to be had at the position in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. My question is, at what cost do you take a Safety with the depth of the class?