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2017 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select Rodney Adams

Minnesota turns back to the offensive side of the ball in Round 5

NCAA Football: South Florida at Cincinnati Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

With their first two picks on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings chose to address the defensive side of the football. They then traded out of Round 4 all the way down to the tail end of Round 5, and have decided to turn their attention back to the offense.

With the first of their two fifth-round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected wide receiver Rodney Adams from the University of South Florida. Adams started his college career at Toledo, but wound up transferring to South Florida following the death of his mother in 2013 and wanting to get back closer to home.

Adams projects to be more of a slot wide receiver in the NFL, and he might have some ability as a kick returner, as he averaged over 25 yards/kick return for the Bulls in his career. He’s not the biggest player, but he does have good speed (4.44 second 40-yard dash) and runs decent routes (although he didn’t run a full route tree at South Florida), so he has an ability to step in and contribute right away. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him be the Vikings’ kick returner right away this season.

Welcome to Minnesota, Rodney Adams!


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