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Jets Go Defensive in Round One; Take LSU Safety Jamal Adams with 6th Pick in Draft

The Jets on Thursday got help in the defensive backfield, as the team picked LSU safety Jamal Adams with the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Adams, a 6-foot, 214-pounder from Lewisville, Texas, was considered by many the top safety prospect available. His father was the No. 1 pick — No. 19 overall — by the New York Giants in 1985 as a running back out of Kentucky. He played five seasons with the Giants and two with New England. They are the eighth father-son duo to share first-round status in NFL history.

The younger Adams finished his career with 209 tackles, 17.5 for loss, six interceptions and 23 pass breakups. He started 26 of 37 games in three seasons.

It’s the second time in 11 years that LSU has had two players selected within the top 6 picks. In 2007, JaMarcus Russell and LaRon Landry were chosen No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.

And it’s been 40 years since the New York Jets selected an LSU player. They took Dan Alexander in the 8th round of the 1977 NFL Draft and he went on to have a 13-year NFL career as an offensive guard.

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