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Bears pick Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall)

Bears pick Penn State safety Adrian Amos (Calvert Hall)
Penn State's Adrian Amos (4) takes down Akron's ball carrier during the Sept. 6 game. (Abby Drey / MCT)

A year ago, the Chicago Bears landed Virginia Tech cornerback and former Mount St. Joseph standout Kyle Fuller in the first round.

Now, the Bears have drafted another former Baltimore high school standout who competed against Fuller in the same high school conference. The Bears picked Penn State safety Adrian Amos in the fifth round.

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The former Calvert Hall star chronicled his draft experiences for The Baltimore Sun and was overjoyed Saturday to join Fuller in the Bears' secondary.

"I know Kyle from high school and it's great to know somebody as I go to the NFL and learn the ropes as a rookie," Amos said in a telephone interview. "It's a blessing for both of us to play for the same team and be from the same area. It's a good feeling."

Amos was praised heavily by ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr, a fellow Calvert Hall alum, following his selection.

Amos worked out for the Ravens, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly. Amos also visited the Eagles.

Amos wound up going to the Bears, who could use reinforcements at safety and could provide early playing time for him.

'it's a great feeling being picked," Amos said. "Throughout the process, I've had a long wait and a lot of frustration. Now that I've been drafted, all of that goes out the window. You still have to go in and prove yourself that you're one of the best players in the country.

"It's a blessing to live up to a dream that you've had since playing rec football. It's an honor. It's another opportunity to showcase my skills."

The 6-foot, 218-pounder improved his 40-yard dash to 4.39 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout.

Amos ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in February, the seventh-fastest time among safeties.

Amos could wind up lining up at safety or cornerback, in a pinch.

"I'm a football player, I'll play back there wherever they need me, anywhere in the secondary on speical teams, anywhere on the team," Amos said. "I'm prepared to play."

The former All-Big Ten Conference honorable-mention selection also bench pressed 225 pounds 21 times Friday after not doing that test at the combine.

Projected anywhere from the third round to the fifth round by draft analysts, Amos also played cornerback for the Nittany Lions. Amos played in the Senior Bowl all-star game.

At the NFL scouting combine, Amos has a 35.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-1 broad jump. His 4.03 three-cone drill ranked second among all safeties.

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A former All-Metro first-team selection, Amos Jr. led Calvert Hall to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship with 78 tackles, four interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Amos played for the Nittany Lions as a true freshman before emerging as a starting cornerback as a sophomore. He played cornerback and safety as a junior, when he had 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception. He lined up at safety last season and recorded 41 tackles and three interceptions. He finished with seven career interceptions and 38 consecutive starts.

Amos' father, Adrian Amos Sr., is a Baltimore City police officer who's been in the thick of things trying to restore order after the riots in Baltimore.

"He's doing all right," Amos said. "I'm proud of him. He's doing his job. I like that Baltimore is cleaning itself up. The images portrayed of Baltimore and the violence from the first day, Baltimore stands for more than just violence.

"Everybody was angry. Now, more and more verbal communication is coming to the forefront. Hopefully, things are getting resolved and people are seeing changes and not jumping to conclusions like before."

awilson@baltsun.com

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