‘Old school enforcers’: ESPN analyst views rookies Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye as future All-Pros

Jamal Adams
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From the SEC to the All-Pro list: It’s a familiar path, and one major analyst says two rookies are about to take that route – and soon.

ESPN personnel analyst Louis Riddick – a former NFL safety as well as pro scout – expects the New York Jets’ two rookie safeties from SEC schools, Jamal Adams from LSU and Marcus Maye from Florida, to become All-Pros within three seasons.

A big reason? Riddick calls them “old school enforcers.”

The Jets selected Adams with the sixth pick in April’s NFL draft, then followed up by choosing Maye in the second round at No. 39 overall.

Picking two safeties back-to-back to open a draft is far from conventional strategy, but so far, the move seems to be showing promise for the Jets.

If Adams and Maye do break through as All-Pros, they’ll have to displace some former SEC stars to get there. The Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry (Tennessee) and the New York Giants’ Landon Collins (Alabama) were the All-Pro safeties in 2016, with the Green Bay Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) on the second team.

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