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Wednesday Round-Up: NFL Execs Rank Seahawks Jamal Adams A Top-10 Safety

A group of 50 NFL execs, coaches and players ranked the Seahawks safety as one of the best in the game.


Good afternoon, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today – Wednesday, July 13 – about your Seattle Seahawks.

NFL Execs Rank Seahawks Jamal Adams A Top-10 Safety

It's that time of the NFL offseason when position rankings send players and fans alike in a frenzy. Seahawks safety Jamal Adams has earned his share of praise, being recognized this week by Yahoo Sports as one of the team's most underrated players. A group of 50 NFL league execs, coaches and players were asked to rank their top safeties in the league. The Seahawks star ranks No.10 on the list for the upcoming 2022 season.

ESPN writer Jeremy Fowler broke down the process for selection and how the criteria was developed.

Here's how our process worked: Voters gave us their best 10 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, hundreds of interviews, research and film-study help from ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen. In total, more than 50 voters submitted a ballot on at least one position, and in many cases all positions. We had several ties, so we broke them with the help of additional voting and follow-up calls with our rankers.

In his second season with the Seahawks, Adams combined for 87 tackles and 2 interceptions. Weaver describes why you shouldn't underestimate Adams this season.

​​"He's still a game-wrecker," an NFL personnel director said. "The same critics who praised him as one of the best players in all of football a few years ago are tearing him down. But he hasn't lost a step. He's still the same guy."

Some argued Adams was not positioned for success in 2021, too often deep in coverage when he should be moving toward the ball, closer to the line of scrimmage or placed in more favorable coverage. However, Adams' numbers as the nearest defender aren't terrible -- 22 completions on 44 targets for 334 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. And Pro Football Focus rated Adams as its No. 3 box safety, behind Baker and Jordan Whitehead.

Adams also had 88 tackles and four tackles for loss in 2021. And the new Seattle defense under coordinator Clint Hurtt will likely utilize Adams all over the field.

Honorable Mention: Quandre Diggs

While Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs managed to have back-to-back seasons with five interceptions, he was omitted from the Top-10. But Fowler gives detail into why Diggs deserves a mention and more respect.

Diggs is deserving of a top-10 spot after back-to-back seasons of five interceptions to match his gritty style of play. He simply didn't garner enough high votes. "He's a thumper who will hit your a--, and he has the ball production," an NFL personnel evaluator said. When evaluators discuss the Seahawks' safety tandem of Diggs and Adams, they put it this way: Adams might be the better player, but Diggs is a better safety. He is most comfortable in the post but can come downhill to help with the run. "Hard to find a player who's been better at that position," an NFC exec said. "He's been consistent."

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