LSU Safety Jamal Adams Declares For NFL Draft

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LSU safety Jamal Adams announced Friday morning he will forego his senior season to enter this spring’s NFL Draft.

The All-American from Lewisville is projected as an early first round pick from LSU, which has become dubbed “DBU.”

Adams was a 2014 graduate of Hebron High School, where he was rated as one of the top safeties in the country as a five-star recruit. He was the District 5-5A MVP during his senior season with the Hawks.

He played in all 13 of LSU’s games in the 2014 season, earning Freshman All-America and All-SEC Freshman Team. His best game that season came against Notre Dame in the Music City Bowl when he made 10 tackles, including two for loss.

Adams (6-1, 213) started every game in his sophomore and junior seasons, earning second-team All-SEC honors his sophomore season and first-team All-America his junior year by CBS Sports and Pro Football Focus. He was also one of the team captains his junior year.

He finished his collegiate career with five interceptions, 209 tackles and 15 passes broken up in the proverbial best conference in college football. He joins teammates Leonard Fournette and Davon Godchaux who have also declared early to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Adams said he made the decision before the Citrus Bowl game against Louisville.

LSU hasn’t had a first-round pick since Odell Beckham Jr. went 12th overall to the New York Giants in 2014, and the Tigers haven’t had two picks in the first round since 2013 when Barkevious Mingo went sixth to the Cleveland Browns and Eric Reid went 18th to San Francisco.

Aside from Reid, other notable LSU defensive backs in the league are Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, both with the Arizona Cardinals.


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