Monday, April 26, 2010
South Carolina State All-MEAC defensive back Phillip Adams has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2010 National Football League draft. The 49ers selected Adams with the 224th pick overall.
The 5-11, 193 pound Rock Hill, SC native was pegged by many pre-NFLdraft Web Sites as a seventh round pick or higher.
Adams saw action in 42 games during his four-year career for the Bulldogs. A 2009 first-team All-MEAC selection, tied for the team lead with 3 INTs, two returned for TDs, and ranked 5th with 48 tackles, helping the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record and back-to-back MEAC titles. He also returned 5 punts for 18 yards, while recording 1 FF, a team-high 11 pass breakups (t-1st in MEAC) and a FR, which was returned for a TD. As a junior, led the Bulldogs with 5 INTS (t-1st in MEAC) and 9 pass breakups (6th in MEAC), while ranking 6th on the team with 48 tackles. Also posted 11 punt returns for 208 yards (18.9 avg.) and 2 TDs. Saw action in 11 games as a sophomore, posting an INT. As a freshman, recorded 12 tackles, 2 INTs and 1 punt return for 30 yards.
The Consensus Draft Services and many scouts noted Adams as being "very physically imposing" and having shown at various times the ability to "dominate at the line of scrimmage".
He is the first Bulldog selected since 2000 when tight end Arther Love was picked by the New England Patriots.