Many considered Adams a top-five player in this year’s class, but the former LSU standout was still available when the Jets were due up, much to the shock of general manager Mike Maccagnan.
“In a lot of our projections, we never really had (Jamal Adams) getting to us,” Maccagnan said to Tim Rohan of The MMQB.
Adams, who’s attracted comparisons to Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, is expected to be among the pillars of a Jets defense likely set for drastic changes.
Jets owner Woody Johnson lauded the decision to select Adams, believing that rebuilding through the draft represents a productive change of pace for his club.
“If you want to go to the promised land, you’ve got to go in a certain direction,” Johnson said. “I think this is a direction we’ve never tried in the 17 years that I’ve been involved with the Jets. We’ve never gone this way. Get the right type of player in the locker room. Your own guy, you train from day one,” Johnson said. “I think you’re better off with a homegrown guy.”
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