There is a growing consensus among NFL draft analysts that the Chicago Bears will select LSU safety Jamal Adams with the third overall pick in next month's draft.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. penciled in Adams to the Bears at No. 3 in his Mock Draft 3.0 released on Wednesday. Just last week, ESPN’s Todd McShay also predicted that Adams will be taken by Chicago in Round 1.
It’s no secret the Bears were unhappy with the play of their safeties last season. The Bears moved quickly to sign veteran safety Quintin Demps -- six interceptions for the Houston Texans in 2016 -- in free agency, guaranteeing him $4.5 million to start in the fall.
Adams could easily slide into the other safety spot.
“Watched tape of LSU safety Jamal Adams -- Love the way he plays the game,” ESPN NFL analyst and former NFL safety Matt Bowen wrote. “Natural instincts on the field. High football IQ. Tough. And he leads by example. Adams plays much faster than his stopwatch speed (4.56 40-yard dash).
I see very little wasted movement with his footwork too. That shows up in his run reads. Quick downhill to close the distance to the ball carrier. And he finishes tackles. Adams also has the technique and coverage ability to match up to the slot. The skill set is there to play multiple roles in defensive sub-packages at the NFL level. If Adams can post a 40 time at his Pro Day in the low 4.5 range, I think he has the talent to come off the board in the Top 5 of the draft. He's the type of impact safety that coaches want in the secondary.”
If nothing else, it just hurts and reinforces what we all know. We've always had damn good talent here, leading to some of us always being optimistic, unrealistic expectations, etc. We just can't put it together.