LSU safety Jamal Adams is heading to the NFL.
The junior defensive back announced at a press conference Friday morning that he would forgo his final season of eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
“After deep prayer and consideration, my family and I have agreed I will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” Adams said. “The decision did not come easy. But with the support of my family, and the people of LSU, I have been able to develop and grow into an athlete and a man who is ready to take on this next chapter.”
Adams took time to thank his coaches, teammates, family, LSU AD Joe Alleva, and numerous other people during his presser. He also invited former LSU head coach Les Miles to the press conference and thanked him. He said his parents were most influential in helping him make his choice.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said he thought Adams had the potential to be an all-pro player at the NFL level. He said the defensive back is everything an LSU defensive player is supposed to be.
While he was one of the leaders for LSU’s secondary in 2016, Adams said he doesn’t think the defensive backfield will have trouble without him next season.
“It’s DBU,” Adams said. “It’s simple. Those guys, I know what they’re capable of. … There’s so many people that can make an impact. So I think the secondary is going to be fine.”
Adams had 76 total tackles this season, including 7.5 TFL and a sack. He also grabbed an interception, bringing his career total to five. He helped anchor an LSU defense that ranked 18th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (192.5).
CBS Sports ranks Adams as the No. 14 overall prospect and the top strong safety in the 2017 draft.
Watch Adams’ full press conference, as well as Orgeron’s remarks, here: