Adrian Amos is an NFL player. Penn State's former all-everything defensive back has been drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Bears selected Amos with the 142nd pick in the draft.
Amos was projected to go somewhere between the second and fourth round of the Draft, according to CBS Sports and NFL.com. Both outlets praised him for his versatility, size, athleticism and ability to defend the pass, but knocked him for some of the more refined parts of playing safety, like the angles he takes on tackles and his playmaking ability/unwillingness to take chances. NFL.com compared him to Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah.
The Maryland native came to Happy Valley as a member of the 2011 recruiting class. Amos was a three-star recruit, the No. 960 player in the country and the No. 75 cornerback in the class. He had a pretty impressive offer sheet for a player ranked so low -- UConn, Temple, Vandy and West Virginia -- but he wasn't exactly expected to make an impact, as he had the fourth-worst composite rating on 24/7 of any Penn State recruit in that class.
Instead, Amos has turned into one of the best defensive players that Penn State has produced since start of the decade. He turned into a great cornerback before sliding back to safety and excelling as the final line of defense over the last two years. In 2014, Amos racked up 42 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. He led the team with 10 passes defended, tied for the team lead with three interceptions and was second on the squad with seven pass breakups.
Amos fell into an excellent situation. The Bears have a big need at safety, as there are three safeties on the roster. Antrel Rolle is plugged in at strong safety with Ryan Mundy as his backup, while the only free safety on the roster is 2014 fourth-round pick Brock Vereen. Amos should be able to step in and compete right away for playing time with the Bears.