Will the Cards swoop in on an impact safety?

The Cardinals suffered from spotty safety play last season, prompting the team to release Terrence Holt and move Antrel Rolle into the mix. Arizona appears to be leaning towards addressing the position in the draft, as well. Cardinalinsider.com examines a physical safety prospect who can hold his own between the hashes.

Jamar Adams is the product of a well-coached Michigan defense. In 2007, he made 39 solo catches, broke up 10 passes and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

After competing against the best receivers college football had to offer, Adams feels well prepared for the NFL. The level of competition is higher, but he sees it as a tremendous opportunity.

"Michigan has good players but this is a combination of all the good players," Adams said.

Adams has prototypical size (6'2", 212 lbs.) and speed (4.5-second 40) for his position. With experience on his side, he works hard and is a natural leader. He is agile enough to evade blockers, tackles well and is aware of his surroundings.

The drawbacks are that he defends better against the run than the pass and struggles in transition. However, he loves the game and simply wants to better himself.

"I just like playing football and I want to master the game, master the craft," he said.

Last season, the Cardinals featured the fifth-worst passing defense in the NFL, allowing 232.2 yards per game. They allowed opponents to complete 63.3 percent of their passes, the eighth-highest total in the league.

Something has to change and Arizona would be naive to assuming to reassigning Antrel Rolle will be a cure-all for its secondary woes.

A player like Adams, who is currently projected as a third-round pick, could be the answer.

Adams loves football, and is eager to make plays all over the field. A student of the game, he believes he is a talented, high-quality player and is willing to put in the effort to make an impact for his team.

"I'm going to know every intricacy that the offense brings to the table," he said.

That type of headiness and confidence will exponentially increase his chances of wearing Red and White next season.

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