2015 NFL Draft: Four Safeties the Bengals Should Target

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Nov 15, 2014; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Adrian Amos (4) runs with the ball after an interception during the third quarter against the Temple Owls at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Temple 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

Adrian Amos, Penn State

Penn State’s Adrian Amos is a particularly intriguing safety.  He seems to be this draft’s “jack of all trades” safety, yet isn’t a master of anything in particular; his draft profile from NFL.com explains this to a degree.

A player who is a willing film rat and wants to play within the system rather than be the star is a type of player I can love.  Amos is that type of player.  He does his job well and has the type of versatility to intrigue the Bengals.

The concern surrounding Amos according to several pundits is his lack of playmaking ability.  This is the downside a team must except from a player who wants to do his job rather than improvise and freestyle a bit. Yet, a couple of things should be noted about that quality.

First, if the Bengals feel they have enough playmakers around an Amos-type of player, this becomes less of a concern.  Second, as the last line of defense, this isn’t necessarily a bad quality for a safety in a defense that is often defined by the “bend, but don’t break” philosophy.  And lastly, as with most Bengals rookies, Amos would enjoy a year to grow before being asked to get on the field. Who’s to say Amos, as a willing student (a presumption made on his “film rat” billing), isn’t capable of learning to take measured risks from a playmaker such as Reggie Nelson?  And while learning to do so, it’s less likely that Amos would give up the big play being the more cautious type of safety.

Adrian Amos seems to be the type of player who would fit the Bengals well.  His versatility is undeniably appealing, his willingness to study and learn is a positive, and with solid size, he could end up being a solid safety in the NFL.  Using a middle round selection on such a player sounds like a solid investment.

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