PHILADELPHIA — Jamal Adams' father owes him $40,000.
He won't need the cash.
The New York Jets picked LSU's former All-American safety with the sixth overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft here in the City of Brotherly Love and at the base of the famed Rocky Steps, in a spectacular outdoor theater. Adams, a physical and speedy specimen, and his father, George, become the eighth father-son first-round duo.
George Adams was the 19th pick of the 1985 NFL draft, going to the Giants. George and Jamal made a $40,000 bet on whether son would get picked higher than dad.
Signing bonuses for the top-10 draft picks are expected to be more than $10 million. Leonard Fournette was picked fourth overall, by the Jaguars, just minutes before Adams.
PHILADELPHIA — George and Jamal don’t watch football games together.
Adams flourished during his three years in Baton Rouge, and he then wowed NFL personnel during the pre-draft process — most recently racing to a 4.33-second 40-yard dash time at LSU's pro day earlier this month. Most draft projections predicted him as a top 5 pick.
Like the other player attendees here, Adams walked the red carpet about an hour before the draft Thursday night, exiting the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art and waltzing down a 50-yard red strip, surrounded my screaming fans and flickering cameras.
Adams wore one of the most extravagant suits of any of the 22 players, sporting white checkered pants, a matching jacket and a tie-less blue shirt underneath — and shades at sunset, hiding his eyes.
George and Michelle Adams walked with their son, stopping for a quick television interview where George, a Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants, flashed his world championship ring.
"This takes hard work," he said, pointing to the sparkling piece of jewelry.
He then predicted his son would win "two to three" Super Bowl rings.
"I just hope to get one," Jamal said.
Adams is the fourth defensive back from LSU picked in the first round since 2011, continuing the program's tradition of churning out the nation's best secondary players.
In 2011 and 2012, LSU produced the first defensive back selected in consecutive drafts, a first by any school since the NFL’s merger in 1970. Add 2017 to that list, as Adams was the first DB chosen.
The school touts itself as DBU (Defensive Back University), and rightfully so, said Ike Taylor, a New Orleans native and former cornerback for the Steelers. Why?
"One, the history of the guys coming out. They want to be better (than) the past guys," he said Wednesday on the eve of the draft. "Two, they play a lot of man. A lot of teams in college don't play a lot of man. So when you get corners who play a lot of man, defensive coordinators look at it like, 'I can help this guy play zone. That's easy. I can call man all day.'
"Going from a zone corner to a man corner the mindset is totally different," Taylor continued. "When you got guys coming out of LSU, they're man-ready. Put them in zone a couple of times, they think they're catching a break."
Taylor called Adams the "total package" and compares him to former All-Pro players like LaRon Landry and Sean Taylor. Others compare Adams to former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu.
His LSU career was marked with crushing hits, game-changing sacks and critical pass breakups. His instincts and versatility are his biggest strengths, experts and analysts say.
Adams played a host of roles at LSU. He's played close to the line in a linebacker-esque role, covered the slot receiver position and has played deep down the field in a free safety coverage role.
Many around the LSU program say it was Adams who helped hold together a fractured team when coach Les Miles was fired four games into last season.
"He could have easily said, ‘This team ain’t going anywhere,'" said Mike Detillier a draft analyst for WWL 870 and a friend to coach Ed Orgeron . "He became a leader, a more vocal leader on that football team. That defense didn’t let up. They were suffocating teams last year."