Paulson Adebo didn’t play football last year -- at least not where anyone could see him.
He didn’t get to show the growth he made during his junior season of college and right the wrongs he put on his sophomore film reel. As a result, he didn’t get to improve his draft stock, compete for awards, and come into his first NFL training camp as a favorite to win a job, as many expected he would after a stellar freshman season at Stanford.
But Adebo doesn’t see any of that as a problem. Maybe he would have gotten drafted a little higher. Perhaps some of his mistakes during his final college season, like getting beaten on double moves against Central Florida, would have gotten cured through experience.
None of the hypotheticals matter because the cornerback is now in New Orleans as a third-round pick, and he feels like everything he went through last year while sitting out the season due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic put him in a better position to compete in training camp.