There are some experts that feel that Adams may be the most complete safety in the 2017 NFL Draft. They feel he should be the first safety selected. But what does he offer? Would Chicago be smart to take him with the third pick in the first round? Could they get him later?
What makes Adams so special? When it comes to the cerebral part of the game, Adams is very smart and picks things up quickly. He has great instincts and can sniff out plays. Adams can not only get up in the box and stop the run but also drop back on deep passes and cover receivers. He was productive at LSU and was typically all over the field making plays.
Scouts feel that his tackling ability is among the best of any safety in the draft. He wraps up and sets up well when he approaches the ball carrier. Adams isn’t afraid to hit someone either and doesn’t make too many mistakes. He is a true leader on the field and keeps his teammates aligned properly and talks to them often. That kind of leadership is very much desired in the NFL.
Physically, he is built well and is a decent athlete (but not elite). He has long arms and possesses great balance. He can cover receivers, as well as running backs and tight ends.
While Adams is a solid athlete is not an elite one. He will struggle in matchups against receivers in man coverage at times and does not have great ball skills. Adams will try to grab at receivers as he moves down the field with them and that can lead to pass interference penalties. He can anticipate plays but can guess incorrectly at times. His tendency to be over-aggressive can lead to him biting on play actions fakes as well.
Is Adams the most complete safety in the draft? He just might be. With Malik Hooker out for a while following surgery and a lot of people down on Peppers, he might be what the Bears need. But is he worthy of being taken at number three? Probably not. The Bears may be able to trade down a few spots to get him. Grabbing Adams and some extra draft picks could be big.