The San Francisco 49ers are criss-crossing the country meeting with and working out a variety of NFL draft prospects. We hear all about the big names, but there are plenty of lesser known products the 49ers will be looking at in the latter rounds and into undrafted free agency.
One such under the radar prospect is South Florida wide receiver Rodney Adams. ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported the 49ers were one of several teams expected to put him through a workout. I was able to confirm the team did get that workout in back in March.
Adams stands 6’1 and weighs 187 pounds. He has been working to put on weight, adding seven pounds this offseason. College nutrition and strength programs vary drastically in quality, making it difficult for a lot of prospects to put on good weight in college. Once Adams gets into an NFL program, weight gain should come easier.
He is a wide receiver who was a Biletnikoff award nominee this season. He finished his USF career second all-time in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He also worked as a kick returner and finished fourth in career all-purpose yards.
CBS Sports projects him as a seventh round pick or potential priority free agent. With a 4.44 40-yard dash on his side, his best bet at making an NFL roster as a rookie could be in a returner role. The key will be putting on more weight while maintaining his speed.