Vikings Select WR Rodney Adams in Fifth Round
The Vikings top two wide receivers are set with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. The hope is that Laquon Treadwell will make a decent no.3 receiver after an unproductive rookie season, but there is a chance that they may not happen.
They could also use a new kick returner with Cordarrelle Patterson signing with the Oakland Raiders. They may have found their new returner by selecting South Florida WR/KR Rodney Adams with 170th overall pick.
Adams began his collegiate career in 2013 with Toledo. He has spent the past three seasons with South Florida.
This past season he caught 67 passes for 822 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 231 yards and five touchdowns on 23 carries (10 yards per carry with a long of 92 yards). He returned 22 kicks for 534 yards (24.3 yards per kick). He is quick with 4.44 second 40-yard dash time.
Patterson’s weakness was his route running, but like Adams he was a threat whenever he had the ball and could contribute also as a runner out of the backfield and as a returner.
Adams is also good with the deep ball, which would really help the Vikings. Given the their struggles with the offensive line, it was very hard for the Vikings to run more deep plays, but with the line expected to be better, they should have more opportunities.
Stefon Diggs was also a fifth round pick two years ago and contributed right away. Asking anyone drafted after the first two rounds to have an immediate impact right away is definitely asking a lot, but maybe Adams could help the Vikings right away. Even if he does not very much so as a receiver, he can still contribute a lot as a kick returner and perhaps in some ways as a running back.
Adams could turn out to be a nice steal.