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Profiling the Prospects: LSU's Jamal Adams a 'natural-born leader'


Over the next month, will break down some of the best players in this year's NFL Draft class and what they could bring to Cleveland's youth-laden roster.*

Name:S Jamal Adams, LSU

Measurables: 6-foot, 214 pounds

What makes him a first-round pick?

A three-year starter at LSU, Adams anchored a talented Tigers secondary and earned All-American honors in 2016 after posting 76 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, four pass breakups and an interception. The season before that? Adams led LSU with four interceptions.

Adams indeed has the physical toolbox and production of a first-rounder, but what separates the captain from the pack is his leadership skills.'s Lance Zierlein describes Adams as a "natural-born leader of men" who was something of an on-field general for the Tigers.

More from Zierlein: "Interchangeable safety with a sheriff's mentality. Adams is a physical tone-setter who should thrive near the line of scrimmage or in a robber role. Should be a commanding presence in the locker room early on and his do-as-I-do play demeanor could be the catalyst for turning a struggling defense around quickly."

Biggest college moment?

It's hard to single out a particular game because the body of work is impressive, but Adams was key in lifting LSU to a big win over Louisville in the Citrus Bowl. The Tigers held the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson to 153 yards passing and zero touchdowns.

How did he do at the combine?

Adams wasn't particularly dazzling in Indianapolis but he had the second-best 20-yard shuttle time (4.13 seconds) and posted 18 reps on the bench press.


LSU safety Jamal Adams is considered a first-round draft prospect.

Quote to know**

"I can play everything in the back end. Coming down in the slot, come down on the tight end and cover. I can fill that A and B gap. Be in the box. I can also play man-free. I feel I can play everything in the back end. I get classified as a box safety, which is not something that I like, but I understand because I like being around the ball. I like making plays on the ball. I like making impact plays for the team."

Why he would make sense for the Browns?

The Browns need help at safety and Adams is as NFL-ready as they come.  A playmaker and proven leader at LSU, he fits the mold of what Cleveland is trying to build on defense.

Reasons why he won't be available at No. 12?

Adams is a special player and legit top-five overall prospect. He's unlikely to be on the board at 12.

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