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2015 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Adrian Amos, S, Penn State

Adrian Amos plays safety. That means he has to be on the Giants' radar.

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Today we are going to take a look at a guy who I think fits the New York Giants perfectly and might be a target for them in the upcoming draft, as any player who plays safety might be a target for the Giants in the upcoming draft. Today we look at Adrian Amos of Penn State.


- Good size (6-feet, 218 pounds), and plus measurables (4.56 40-yard dash at combine, but unofficial 4.39 40-yard dash at his pro-day, 7.09 3 cone drill, and 4.03 20-yard shuttle)

- Is good in coverage, allowed 3.9 yards per target in 2014 and had the number one passer rating against for draft eligible prospects last year

- Versatile coverage guy who played some slot coverage as well as his typical safety duties

- Kick returner experience

- High character team leader. Made the secondary calls for Penn State


- Not a dynamic game breaker. Does what he is asked to do, but doesn't make a ton of plays

- Not great in run support, not a great tackler

- If he doesn't start right away, he won't likely be a valuable special teams performer without much improvement in his tackling

Player comparison-Hussain Abdullah (Lance Zierlein)

Does he fit the Giants?

Yes, absolutely. He is renowned for his tremendous work ethic, he has the requisite size, he has the measurables and the pedigree. Plus, he plays safety. Anyone who even looks like a safety will fit the Giants for 2015.

Prospect Video

Big Board Rankings

Big Blue View - Not in the top 100

CBS Sports - 109

Mocking the Draft - Not pin the top 100

Final Thoughts

Adrian Amos is considered a Day 3 prospect because he doesn't tackle all that well and support in the run game. He's basically, in a crude way, the anti-Landon Collins, but there is a lot to like about Amos. He is very good in coverage, he has good size, he has the requisite work-ethic, he is fast and a good leader. There are many reasons to believe that Amos will go in the top 100 picks, and in fact I'd bank on it. In a weak safety class, Amos should be in good demand and for good reason. I think at times we don't give enough credit to the fact that these are college kids, and some of them take college seriously. What I mean is this, when a player gets into the NFL they will not have to worry about going to classes, or doing their study work, and they will also have a much more structured schedule to ensure they are on top of everything. It's part of the projection that gets overlooked at times. What I mean is that Amos is strong, athletic, and considered a good worker without the distraction of college he could blossom in the NFL. I know he's generally mocked in the fourth-round range (or later), but I think he's definitely in play with the Giants' third-round pick and if they do take him there I don't think it's a reach. I think it's a solid play for a guy who could become a very good free safety in the NFL.