Jeff Dickerson ESPN Staff Writer
Why did I take Jamal Adams in ESPN's NFL Nation Mock Draft? Again, I believe the Bears want to trade down -- if possible. In the event that doesn't happen, Stanford DE Solomon Thomas is a player they like, but he went second to SF in our mock. After that, there are a bunch of defensive players worth considering -- Adams, Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker. I simply viewed Adams as the safest pick, and safety is a position of need, despite signing Quintin Demps in free agency. Adams is a great tackler, productive in college, and a leader. Everyone I've spoken to about Adams raves about his personality and enthusiasm. The Bears need a field general in their secondary, and I believe Adams checks all the boxes. And the 4.33 40-yard dash he ran at LSU's Pro Day doesn't hurt either.