Jamal Adams, a safety from LSU, is thought to be the best safety in the 2017 NFL Draft. Others feel that Malik Hooker is the best safety available. The Bears could be in the market to take one of the two of them with the third pick in the draft this April.
Some of the upside that Adams has, as described by NFL.com includes:
"Natural-born leader of men. Well-built. Will not hesitate for one second as a hitter. Steps downhill looking to punish running backs to set a tone for defense. Toggles between patient and urgent in treks to the ball. Plays off blockers. Approaches target with open arms and wide, balanced base to limit escape routes. Intelligent field general. Gets secondary aligned properly. Plays with plus balance in coverage. Pattern reader who can digest combinations. Alert for misdirection keys from offense. Party crasher on screen plays. Can handle coverage responsibilities against tight ends. Five interceptions and two recovered fumbles over last two seasons at LSU. Special-teams terror as freshman and sophomore, notching 21 tackles. No penalties in 2016. Father, George, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 1984."
Unfortunately, every player has a downside and there are some drawbacks to Adams, but not many. Some of those drawbacks include the fact that he could work on his tackling a little more (be a better tackler) and be more efficient in that skill. There are times when he can get out of position as well as be too aggressive not being able to make the play.
He should easily be at the top of the list at the safety position and would be a great pickup for the Bears. But will be Bears be content, at least for now, with the recent moves they have made at safety and not consider upgrading the position? Remember that they brought in free agent Quintin Demps and have Adrian Amos, a consistent but unspectacular starter. Also, remember that there have been whispers of moving cornerback Kyle Fuller to safety.
Chicago did draft Deon Bush in 2016 and still have hopes for him. Chris Prosinski was re-signed but that is more of a special teams move than anything else.
Knowing how the Bears think, it’s possible they may just be content with what they have on the roster now at safety. But they can’t be content. They must improve at that position and Adams will be ripe for the picking at number three. If they want to upgrade at safety, they have to take him.