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Adrian Amos Selected No. 142 Overall By Chicago Bears

Penn State continues to make its presence felt at the 2015 NFL Draft, as free safety Adrian Amos was selected No. 142 overall by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round.

Amos, a three-year starter for Penn State, began his college career as a cornerback before making the transition to safety during his junior year. In his first year at his new position, Amos attained honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors, ranking seventh on the team with 50 tackles (32 solo), 4.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks for minus-21 yards, as well as five pass breakups and one interception. As a full-time safety in 2014, Amos notched 42 tackles (30 solo), a team-high three interceptions, and seven pass breakups as the veteran leader of Penn State’s young secondary.

The Baltimore, Md. native, who chronicled his path to the draft for the Baltimore Sun, impressed scouts at Penn State’s Pro Day with a blazing unofficial 4.38 40-yard dash time, and followed up with a strong 21-rep performance on the bench press. At 6-foot, 218 pounds, Amos fits the ideal mold of a safety in the NFL, capable of making athletic plays in pass coverage with terrific range and providing run support. Amos allowed just 3.9 yards per target in 2014, and is versatile enough to cover slot receivers in nickel packages thanks to his experience at corner.

Most scouts projected Amos to fall within the third or fourth rounds, so No. 142 overall is slightly later than for Amos’s skill set. The Bears are a safety-needy team, and while Amos will have to prove himself as a better defender against the run, he brings excellent zone coverage ability to the secondary of the Bear’s defense. With Charles Tillman gone, Amos should compete immediately for playing time, and should benefit from the mentorship of Antrel Rolle.

Congrats, Adrian!

About the Author

CJ Doon

CJ is a senior journalism major from Long Island and Onward State's Sports Editor. He is a third-generation Penn Stater, and his grandfather wrestled for the university back in the 1930s under coach Charlie “Doc” Speidel. Besides writing, one of his favorite activities is making sea puns. You can follow him on Twitter @CJDoon, and send your best puns to [email protected], just for the halibut.


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