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Adrian Amos, FS

School: Penn State  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 218 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.392.651.60- 35 1/210'2"4.037.09

Player Overview

A player with considerable experience at both cornerback and safety, Amos earned reps as a true freshman in 2011 and started 38 games at Penn State. He made the move to full-time safety in 2013, but his versatility is still noted by NFL scouts. The switch bolsters his resume for the next level.

Among of the best defensive backs in the Big Ten, he was named All-Big Ten honorable-mention in each the last three seasons. His final year at Penn State he finished with 42 tackles (30 solos) and also intercepted three passes. He was credited with 17 passes defended.

Amos' new defensive coordinator Bob Shoop had high praise for him, saying he has the talent and versatile abilities to be the "best defensive back in all of college football." Shoop was not far off the mark. Following the season Amos, accepted his invite the play in the 2015 Senior Bowl - where he showcased his talents that made him one of the Nittany Lions' defensive stars since arriving at State College. He was also invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-built with good height, length and overall frame for the position, displaying adequate bulk and strength. Takes aggressive angles and explodes downhill while also showing the start/stop quickness to recover and alter his path mid-momentum. Very smooth in coverage and plays the football extremely well.

Soft hands and athleticism to adjust to the football for an interception. A bit of a stretch, but he might be a bump-and-run corner if he really improves his footwork and technique. Versatility is too much to ignore and could continue his climb up draft boards with strong pre-draft workouts. Returned kicks his freshman and sophomore years at Penn State (12 kick returns for 236 yards for a 19.7-yard average).

WEAKNESSES: Sound and quality player, but doesn't make many big plays. Misses some open-field tackles. Does not wrap up when tackling and usually leads with a shoulder. May be too slow to be a full-time starter on the corner. Not real smooth and will lose a little in transition. Will have to learn to come up faster and wrap up better at the next level.

-- Dane Brugler & Bo Marchionte

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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Bears' six picks: Round 5/142 - Adrian Amos, FS, 6-0, 218, Penn State...A free safety known more as a center-fielder type than an enforcer. He has been criticized for being soft in run support, although he is a willing tackler. He just isn't overly effective at it. But no one doubts his coverage skills, as he's been a cornerback in the past in addition to playing safety. One impressive statistic about his pass coverage ability beyond seven career interceptions was he allowed only 3.9 yards per time targeted as a senior. - The Sports Xchange


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