NFP Prospect Focus: Adrian Amos and Jaquiski Tartt

The safety class in this year’s draft is not very strong. There is only one player worthy of a first round pick and that is Alabama safety Landon Collins. Most scouts feel there is only a handful of safeties who have a chance of becoming legitimate starters in the league. The consensus is that most of the class will be quality backups. Two players that have a chance to become starters are Penn State’s Adrian Amos and Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt. Adrian Amos – Penn State On March 19th, Amos had his pro day at Penn State, and when the workout was done, many were starting to move Amos up the charts. The reason being is that he reportedly ran a 4.39 in the 40 yard dash. He also did 21 reps of 225 which means he can bench in the 370 pound range which is excellent for a safety. At 6005 – 215, Amos has excellent size and is a very good athlete. At Indy, he had a 35.5” vertical jump, a 10’2” long jump, a 4.03 20 yard shuttle and a 7.09 3-cone. These are all very good numbers and attest to his overall athleticism. On the field, he is a smart, alert player who shows he can play man coverage as well as keep good position in zone. He is the leader of the group and makes all the secondary calls. He has better than average ball skills and finished his career with seven interceptions including three this year. On the downside, despite his size and strength, he is not as strong in run support as expected. While he is an adequate tackler, you don’t see blow up type hits. Overall, he is what you want as far as range and coverage skills but will need to improve his run support play. Right now, he is more of a free safety type who has a chance to be an eventual starter in the league. If he doesn’t improve his aggressiveness, he won’t be a top special teams player. Special teams play will be important in his development. He has all the tools, now he just has to show he wants it. Jaquiski Tartt – Samford At 6’1 – 221, Tartt is one of the bigger safeties in this class. He has long arms to go along with his size. He is a good overall athlete who can run and jump. He timed 4.53 at the combine which is a good time for the safety position. Tartt plays to his size, and is a physical, aggressive player. He is very good in run support and a strong tackler. He does a very good job taking on and shedding blocks. In coverage, he can be inconsistent. He lacks the suddenness needed to lock up in man coverage on a slot but he a plenty good enough athlete to cover most tight ends. In zone, he usually keeps good position, but at times, it seems he lacks top instincts and can be a little slow to react. On the plus side, he showed improvement in these areas at the Senior Bowl. He has the size, speed, athleticism and intangibles to be an eventual starting safety in the NFL. Right now, he is more of a box type player, but with coaching and experience, his coverage skills will improve. He has ideal physicality to excel on special teams while he is learning. Because of his outstanding football character, I see him becoming a starter sometime in his second year. Follow Greg on Twitter @greggabe

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