In a phone chat Friday morning he told me he met with the Titans at the combine and he was sure Titans defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend was at LSU’s pro day. But Adams has not visited the team in Nashville and is not scheduled to.
That’s hardly a harbinger. Plenty of players are drafted by teams that didn’t have them in as one of their 30 non-local visits.
“I’m getting some interest from them,” Adams said. “I really couldn’t tell you how much. I’m just enjoying the process and I’m just waiting.”
Those two could be the primary pairing at safety for Tennessee. But the team rotated four safeties when they were all healthy last season. Drafting Adams and playing him as the strong safety beside Byard, who can now be more of a ball-hawking center fielder, is certainly a possibility.
Cyprien, who said he knows the Titans could draft a safety but hopes the best lineup includes a lot of him, could then get some work in base and be part of sub-packages as a third safety or nickel linebacker.
Tennessee seeks team-first, tough, dependable players. And scouting reports of Adams use a lot of the same descriptors and say he was the heart and soul of LSU’s defense.
“That’s what I pride myself on, you’ve got to be passionate about this game, you’ve got to be passionate about what you do as a player and a person,” he said. “I pride myself on doing the right things ... just treating people the right way. It can take you a long way in life. Just being the leader I am, what you see is what you get. I am definitely not going to change no matter what comes with the game of football.”
Adams said he feels as if safeties are increasingly valuable in today’s NFL and said he’s be completely comfortable stepping in to line up across from Rob Gronkowski or any of the league’s matchup-nightmare tight ends.
“It’s the game that is changing, you have tight ends that can run routes in receiver bodies,” he said. “You have to be that safety that can come down, cover, and take those guys out of the game.
"The game is definitely evolving. Safety is definitely a position that is going up and people are looking more into it. I think the safeties should be drafted pretty high.”
Adams said there are a lot of tremendous safeties in the league. He specifically mentioned watching Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas and Eric Berry. He said he tries to steal bits and pieces from them all.
Ohio State’s Malik Hooker is also a highly regarded safety expected to be selected early. Adams complimented Hooker and the safety class.
Is Adams the best of the bunch?
“I definitely feel like it,” he said. “What do you think?”