Adams' mother passed away in a car accident in November 2013, and he's dedicated his play since to her memory. He transferred from Toledo to USF after the 2013 season (2-15 in eight games), and was allowed to played right away in 2014 (three starts, 23-323, 2 TD receiving; 5-52 , TD rushing). Adams was named second-team All-American Athletic Conference in 2015 (45-822, 9 TD receiving; 10-81, TD rushing; 29.1 kick return average, TD) and 2016 (67-822, 5 TD receiving; 23-236, 5 TD rushing) due to his all-around offensive game.
Plays fast. Keeps a crisp pace in his routes and and is able to glide past defenders who underestimate him. Shifty to avoid would-be jams and route redirection. Can adjust to throws behind him. Quick to drop feet after catch near sideline. Competitive runner after the catch with a surprising burst. Shows some lateral escapability and a nasty spin move. Keeps feet moving through tackle attempts and is slippery to bring down. Averaged just over 25 yards per kick return while at South Florida.
Thin frame with skinny legs. Play strength could be a big concern. Will be challenged to secure passes through contact on the next level. Has small hands and issues with ball security. Drop rate was sky high over sophomore and junior season. Fumbled five times this season on just 90 touches. Production bolstered by wide receiver screens and pop passes. Too thin to hold up as a legitimate blocker in running game.
Tall, thin slot wide receiver with an ability to work both short and deep. Adams wasn't asked to win with his routes and will have to improve in that area. His competitive nature and urgency jumps off the tape when the ball is in his hands, but his drops and fumbles are troubling. Has the traits to make a roster as a kick returner and fourth/fifth wide receiver early on.
View images of Vikings new WR Rodney Adams from his days at USF.