Chargers Prospect Analysis: D-Backs, Part III

Jaime Cattano concludes her three-part series analyzing of the defensive backs the Chargers held private meetings with during Senior Bowl week. With a spot expected to open up at safety after Marlon McCree is released, this final prospect could endow the "oomph" the Chargers' roster needs.

The Chargers coaching staff seized Jamar Adams of Michigan for a private meeting during Senior Bowl week. The athlete went unfazed by the attention from the coaches, as well as the pressure to have an optimal performance.

"I don't really think about showing the scouts anything. I just like playing football," he said. "I want to master the craft of the game. I want to get out there and make some plays and just focus on getting better."

The desire in this 6'2", 210-pound body manifested itself through a dynamite senior year. Adams led the Wolverines with 92 tackles and 13 pass break-ups and shared the lead with three interceptions.

Both the coaches and the media named Adams second team All Big Ten. The shining prospect was pleased to successfully polish any dullness from his game during the week in Mobile, Ala.

"It took a day or so to get my feet back but then I was ready to role," he said. "I hadn't had football movements in awhile, so it was fun getting back into the game. There was no focus on the 40-yard dash or other tests, so the week was about going out there to play football and work hard."

Adams' sharp retort on the field is striking. He plays the run well and his stellar fleetness can undertake any ball carrier trying to cut up the seam. Blitzing from anywhere on the field is no problem for Adams, a skill he is eager to test out on the next level.

"I enjoyed my time in college but it's time to move on and now I'm preparing for a new phase," he said. "I'm definitely looking forward to it."

Adams would be a vital link in the Chargers defense. Clinton Hart and Eric Weddle will remain as the only true safeties on the roster once Marlon McCree is released. This jumbling around will create a hole that Adams is eager to fill.

"I'm a talented guy who loves to study the game," he said. "I want to make plays, so I love to know everything about an opponent's offense to be fully prepared. I'm a high-quality guy who simply loves football."

Although A.J. Smith has had sub-par success with the past few safeties he's added to the roster -- Kwamie Lassiter, Terrence Kiel, Bhawoh Jue, McCree -- Adams has the aggression and high football IQ to plug the longstanding hole in the back of the Bolts' defense.

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