Despite playing in a run-oriented offensive scheme, Rodney Adams Jr. put up one of the most productive careers for any USF receiver in school history. The former Toledo Rocket, Adams transferred to USF to be closer to home following the devastating death of his mother in a car accident. Mix that in with a “heart complication”, Adams has overcome much adversity in his life. Currently he’s flying under the radar at the WR position, but it’s hard not to root for a guy like him.
Name: Rodney Adams Jr.
School: South Florida
Draft Grade: 6th Round
Positives: Good height and has some arm length. Good speed to gash for long gains. Leans his hips well when moving laterally. A smooth side-stepper. Good field vision and moves well after the catch. Has a knack for getting yards after the catch with nifty moves. A leaper who can go up and grab the ball. A competitive blocker downfield who gives solid effort. Tremendous personal character. Comes from a humble family. Very accountable. A role model. Has some untapped potential.
Negatives: Lacks great size. Naturally thin and has a very lean build. Will likely never have an ideal height to weight ratio. Small hands. High-cut with long thin legs. Lacks great speed. Too many drops. Ball security after the catch needs to be improved. Needs to consistently tuck and hold the ball properly. Gets disconnected from the ball too often during contact. Most of his production came from non-traditional plays such as end-arounds and dump-offs with no route even being run. May need more time to adjust to an NFL route tree. Not strong enough to hold blocks for long. Heart condition could be a concern.
Outlook: Rodney Adams is one of the more under the radar prospects at his position in this draft mainly due to the heavy run offense he played in at South Florida. Adams has positive traits including solid size, good speed, above-average after the catch ability and great personal and football character. If Adams shows consistent hands and can improve his functional strength he shouldn’t have a problem having an NFL career as players like him tend to stick around. His best value is in the sixth round.