ORANGEBURG -- South Carolina State receiver Oliver 'Tre' Young and safety Rafael Bush did not have long to dwell on the disappointment of not hearing their names called during the NFL draft.
Just over an hour following the selection of the final draft pick, the two were in the process of finalizing free agent contracts with opposing NFC South teams. The Charleston native Young inked a deal with the Carolina Panthers, while Bush will compete for a roster spot with the Atlanta Falcons.
"My agent felt that the Panthers were the best place to go, somewhere where I could possibly make the ball club," Young said.
Earlier in the day, the only S.C. State player to get drafted was defensive back Phillip Adams, who was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round.
With family members seated in front of the TV, the first-team All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defensive back watched as the 49ers selected him with the 224th overall pick.
"It was incredible," Adams said. "It's still incredible."
Adams was the Bulldogs' first NFL draft selection since tight end Arther Love in 2000.
Young, a former quarterback at Burke High School, leaves S.C. State as the school career leader in receptions (135) and receiving yards (2,156).
He now looks to compete with draft pick and former Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards and other wideouts for playing time.
"Just being able to compete at that level is always going to be a challenge," said Young, who reports to Carolina on Thursday. "But I'm still going to go in there and do exactly what I have been trained to do, which is work hard and make this happen."