Some of college football’s best defensive backs have attended LSU before becoming stars in the NFL. Eric Reid, LaRon Landry, Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu are just a few who come to mind.

Junior safety Jamal Adams looks destined to become the next graduate of “DBU.” Adams led the Tigers in interceptions during his sophomore year, picking off four passes, and has emerged as a tone-setting, physical tackler this season.

Adams has benefited from the experience of those who have come before him. Another former LSU defensive back, Ryan Clark, has played a large role in Adams’ development, according to a Monday Morning Quarterback piece by Robert Klemko.

“He’s critiqued me after each game. Tons of film, before and after,” Adams told Klemko about Clark. “He’s been a brother to me. His family is like a second family for me.”

This hands-on teaching has helped transform Adams into a future first-round draft pick and has him on a path to be the next NFL star from LSU. Just how big of a star he will become depends completely on Adams, but Clark has some lofty comparisons in mind.

“I told him not to compare this kid to Troy Polamalu, because Troy is my favorite player I ever played with,” Clark told Klemko. “But Jamal has that same explosion and instincts. He feels the game the same way Troy did.”