With the 224th overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected cornerback Phillip Adams out of South Carolina State.
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. 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.