Jamal Adams has played well through the first five games of the college football season. So well, in fact, that one NFL executive believes he could be a top-10 pick in this year’s NFL draft.
There hasn’t been a safety taken in the top-10 since Alabama’s Mark Barron in 2012, but Daniel Jeremiah expects that to end this season should the junior leave for the league.
“Adams is a special player. He’ll be a top-10 pick,” one executive said, according to NFL.com‘s Daniel Jeremiah.
Adams was a Second-Team All-SEC selection last year, and earned freshman All-SEC honors in 2014. He’s on pace for more accolades this season as Adams has collected 34 tackles, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry through five games.
According to Jeremiah, the NFL executive considers Adams a better player than former Tigers great, Eric Reid, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
Reid was a consensus All-American in 2012 before being selected by the 49ers with the No. 18 pick in 2013 NFL draft. He made a Pro Bowl in his rookie season, and has been a consistent player since.
“Adams is one of my favorite players in the country. He can play high, low or cover in the slot. He’s the ideal safety,” a different executive told Jeremiah.