One of the top safeties in the country will officially be available to NFL teams this April.
With his current and former LSU head coaches by his side, Jamal Adams announced at a Friday morning press conference that, as expected, he will indeed be leaving the Tigers for early entry into the NFL draft. Along with Ohio State’s Malik Hooker, himself an early entrant, Adams will be considered one of the top two safeties — of those who have officially declared — in the 2017 draft class heading into the annual February Underwear Olympics in Indianapolis.
Both safeties are projected at the moment to be Top-12 selections, and could be joined by Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers if he decides to leave early as well.
— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) January 6, 2017
A second-team All-SEC pick in 2015, Adams was a first-teamer this past season. He was also named second-team All-American by a handful of organizations.
The past two seasons, Adams started every game for the Tigers.
Adams becomes the third Tiger to leave eligibility on the table, joining running back Leonard Fournette (HERE) and defensive lineman Davon Godchaux (HERE). It’s likely at least two more of that trio’s teammates will declare — wide receivers D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre.
Eligible players have until Jan. 16 to file their official paperwork and declare themselves for the draft.