DB Prospect Has 'Rapport' With Cards Coach

Arizona has made a concerted effort to solidify its defense this offseason. With potential upgrades coming via the draft, James Jones landed an interview with a defensive back prospect who shares a unique relationship with one of the Cardinals defensive coaches. This prospect also reveals a meeting with Cardinals coaches at the NFL Combine in this exclusive feature.

Michigan safety Jamar Adams (6'2", 212 pounds) was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection by the league's coaches and media in 2007, as well as the Brandstatter-Beckmann Coaches Award recipient, given to the Michigan senior who displays the most passion and dedication to the team. He started all 13 games for the Wolverines and registered 92 tackles, the second-highest total for any Big Ten defensive back last year.

Adams has good size and speed, timing well in the 40-yard dash with a 4.56. He has the instincts and tenacity to continue his sound-tackling ways on the next level. He has a great deal of experience having played all four seasons at Michigan and has developed into a hard-working leader on and off the field.

What he lacks in fluidity can be remedied with the proper coaching, something the Cardinals can provide him.


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"The Cardinals defensive back coach (Teryl Austin) was actually a coach at Michigan when I was being recruited and he thinks I am a great player," Adams said. "I spoke with them at the Combine and he said they liked my game. I have stayed in contact with him even after he left Michigan, so I feel like I have a good rapport and relationship there."

Adams career numbers justify the Cardinals' interest. He finished his stint at Michigan with 172 tackles, 10 breakups and four interceptions. He can come into any team and compete for a starting job or contribute on special teams.

Adams prides himself on bringing the strength and toughness that is lacking in some circles of the NFL.

"I feel like I can contribute to whichever team drafts me and I am excited to see which team I am going to go to on draft day," he said.

Adams performed well at the Combine and his Pro Day on March 13-14. His vertical jump was measured at 34" and his three-cone came in at 6.90 seconds. As a result, he is widely considered one of the top three safeties in the draft.

"I have really been working out a lot at Michigan," Adams said. "The new coaching staff came in and completely revamped the weight room and the conditioning program. We have players who are in the NFL now, as well as those who are coming out working out there right now. I have been working on my techniques, position drills, muscle memory and strengthening."

The hard work which Adams has been putting in will certainly pay off for one NFL team. Whether that team is the Cardinals remains to be seen, but it is obvious that Adams is on the radar of GM Rod Graves.


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