All eyes were on the top five picks in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft last night as the New York Jets awaited their chance for the 6th pick position. But first, before we get to that astounding pick, a little primer on the NFL Draft activities.
The 82nd NFL Draft, being held April 27-29, has a new home in the city of Philadelphia after being held in Chicago for the past two years. Philadelphia was the home of the first NFL Draft in 1936, and sponsored the event in 1949-1950, 1953-1954, 1956 and 1957-1961.
Incredibly lucky fans of all 32 NFL teams have the opportunity to experience the free fan festival along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Lined with famous and historical landmarks from Philadelphia City Hall to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, fans have an awe-inspiring, close-up view of the Rocky Statue and the "Rocky" steps in addition to other sites and sights they can take in. The Parkway is also home to The Rodin Museum, The Barnes Foundation and The Franklin Institute. In 2015, the Pope rode along this iconic thoroughfare on his way to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul.
History and independence is all around us in Philadelphia; sports history was soon to be in the making. The Vince Lombardi Trophy was in town, as well as hundreds of current and former NFL players, who obliged wide-eyed fans with free autograph sessions. For the first time in NFL history, the draft is being held outdoors, making it personally accessible to more fans than ever. That's quite clever marketing.
With passes to the VIP Draft Party, held in the Porsche Green Room at MetLife Stadium, a very special group of New York Jets fans had the experience and camaraderie of a lifetime to watch the New York Jets make their first round pick at #6. The Porsche Green Room at MetLife Stadium is luxury at its best.
The New York Jets picked LSU Safety Jamal Adams, touted as the second best player in the draft. This is the 9th time the last 8 years that the New York Jets have picked a defensive player in the first round. This mindset played well for the Jets since they drafted Leonard Williams, DE, as the 6th pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He has been an outstanding player the last two years.
Jamal Adams, son of former running back George Adams (1st round draft pick in the 1985 NFL Draft), played college ball at LSU. Jamal played all 13 games with two starts in his freshman year at LSU in 2014, racking up 66 tackles and a sack to his college stats. Sophomore year AP and SEC coaches named Jamal Adams to the second-team All-Southeastern Conference as a safety; junior year Adams was named to the AP All-SEC first team.
In January of this year, Adams made the announcement he would skip his senior year and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. At 6'1"and 214 pounds, he runs the 40 yard dash in 4.56 s; he has some amazing speed. Todd Bowles remarked on Adams, "Smart, fast, tough, physical, he's an alpha." Mike Maccagnan called Adam's "an exceptionally instinctive" defender against the run and in coverage.
And that, Jets fans, is a lucky pick for the New York Jets.