Just minutes after Marlon Mack became the first USF player chosen in the 2017 NFL Draft, wide receiver/kick returner Rodney Adams joined him on the list. The Minnesota Vikings took him in the 5th round with the 170th overall pick, a pick they received earlier in the day after trading with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Welcome to the #Vikings, @rodney_adams87! pic.twitter.com/NM2NvUAJc1— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) April 29, 2017
Season record-setter Rodney Adams going next level! #BayMade— USF Football (@USFFootball) April 29, 2017
Congrats, Rodney! #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/jsgR5bIGQn
Adams will have a chance to step in and fill a huge hole the Vikings have at kick returner. Cordarrelle Patterson, a two-time Pro Bowler and all-pro return specialist, was signed by the Oakland Raiders in the offseason. It also hurt Minnesota’s wide receiver depth, giving Adams another place to contribute.
Adams is the second USF player ever drafted by Minnesota, following Mistral Raymond in 2011. Raymond and Tyrone McKenzie are the only two former USF players to suit up for the Vikings in a game.
That may be it for USF players selected in this year’s draft, but we’ll keep our eyes on undrafted free agent signings and see who else heads off to an NFL training camp this summer.