The 49ers announced they have locked up seventh round draft choice Phillip Adams, a cornerback out of South Carolina State, with a four year deal. Adams (5-11, 192) was a 2009 first-team All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference selection.
As a senior, Adams tied for the team lead with three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns, ranked tied for first in the MEAC with 11 pass breakups, and posted 48 tackles. In 2008, he tied for first in the MEAC with five interceptions and tallied nine pass breakups, while returning 11 punts for 208 yards and two touchdowns.
Adams is the first of the 49ers 2010 draft choices to sign. Adams will be competing with some talented players at cornerback. With three spots locked up (Clements, Spencer, T. Brown), Adams will be competing with newly signed Will James, Karl Paymah, Keith Smith, and Patrick Stoudamire, and Tramaine Brock for reps in training camp, and only a couple roster spots. I could see him potentially ending up on the practice squad, although it'd certainly be nice to see a seventh round pick force his way onto the 53-man roster.