September 17, 2016: LSU Tigers safety Jamal Adams (33) during the game between the Mississippi State Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)

Jamal Adams is going pro
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Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams is entering the 2017 NFL Draft.

Not much of a surprise here, but it’s now official — LSU safety Jamal Adams has announced his intentions to declare the 2017 NFL Draft.

The announcement was made at a Friday morning press conference at LSU.

“After deep prayer and consideration, my family and I have agreed I will declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” Adams said in his opening address. “The decision did not come easy. With the support of my family and LSU I have been able to grow into an athlete and a man that’s prepared to take on this next chapter.”

He becomes the third member of the Tigers to declare early, joining running back Leonard Fournette and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux.

Adams enters the process looking like the #1 strong safety prospect available in this year’s draft.

It’s hard to see him being knocked off that spot unless Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers has an exceptional combine.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron talked about Adams:

“Growing up and watching LSU football, he reminds me of what an LSU Tiger defensive player played  like: tenacity, speed, will strike you, discipline, team leader,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “I had a chance to really observe Jamal and watched him grow. Most of all I watched him grow to be a man we can all be proud of.”

The safety also invited his former head coach, Les Miles, to be with him for the press conference.

“Watching Jamal, the group of Tigers playing in the NFL is a pretty good group,” Miles said. “We expect he would fit right in.”

The 6-1, 211-pound safety totaled 76 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 1 interception, 4 passes defended, 1 fumble caused, and 1 fumble recovered this season.

WalterFootball.com ranks Adams as the #2 overall safety prospect in the class behind Ohio State free safety Malik Hooker.  The site projects Adams to be selected by the San Diego Chargers with the #7 pick in the first round.

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