Amari Rodgers NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile: Who Will Draft Trevor Lawrence’s Former Target?
This is The Game Day’s Amari Rodgers NFL Draft 2021 Prospect Profile. After you read our Amari Rodgers Scouting Report, head over to Marcus Mosher’s first 2021 NFL Mock Draft for Round 1.
Amari Rodgers NFL Draft Prospect Profile
Amari Rodgers NFL Draft Prospect: Bio & Measurables
- School: Clemson
- Class in Final Season: Senior
- Age on NFL Draft Day: 21
- Height: 5-foot-10
- Weight: 210 pounds
Amari Rodgers Scouting Report
- Elite athleticism
- Run-after-catch standout
- Explosive when breaking off route stems
- Ability to create and extend plays
- Competitive toughness
- Reaches top speed quickly
- Excellent stop-and-start ability
- Can contribute in passing, running and return games
- Strong work ethic
- Size can be an issue versus disruptive defensive backs
- Concentration as a pass-catcher needs work
- Length limits him in contested situations
- Durability a concern
- Average long speed
- Small catch radius
- Limited route tree
Amari Rodgers NFL Outlook
Surrounded by future NFL receivers like Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud, Hunter Renfrow and fellow freshman Tee Higgins, Amari Rodgers had to work to make an impact at Clemson — and that, he did.
Being on the receiving end of No. 1 overall prospect Trevor Lawrence will certainly draw attention. From his sophomore to senior season, Rodgers racked up 2,021 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his senior campaign, with Higgins in the pros, Rodgers shined as Lawrence’s top target. He bounced back from a torn ACL, putting up a collegiate career-high 1,020 yards — nearly double that of his 575 yards as a sophomore.
Though route trees at Clemson were not complex, Rodgers did a good job at route-running. His quickness was a factor when he caught defenders off guard.
There are concerns about how well Rodgers will translate to the NFL, as his film doesn’t necessarily show any dominant pro-level traits. Some of his downfalls are fixable in the right system with the right coaches, but unfortunately, his 5-foot-10 stature can’t be helped.
Common themes across scouting reports for Rodgers is that he is a slot receiver built like a running back. With Rodgers’ vision, wiggle and balance to run through contact, he plays much like a running back with the ball. Rodgers might have a better chance of making an impact in the NFL if he converted to running back. Scouts are all over this; Rodgers even performed some running back drills as Clemon’s Pro Day in March.
As a wide receiver, if playmakers surround Rodgers, he could project as low-end No. 2/high No. 3 on the team’s depth chart that runs the West Coast offense. This could bode well for Rodgers, given how often teams utilize three-receiver sets in today’s NFL. Landing on a team with a creative offensive-minded coach could be the difference for Rodgers. Rodgers’s impact could be sooner than later if used as a hybrid running back/wide receiver or gadget player. Of course, Rodgers can make an immediate contribution on special teams as a return man.
Amari Rodgers NFL Comparison
At his Pro Day, Rodgers revealed that he sees himself as a Randall Cobb-type player. Though Rodgers has some weight on Cobb, 210 pounds and 195, the two stand at 5-foot-10. Cobb and Rodgers both thrive in the slot and at punt/kick returner; in fact, the Packers have not yet found their Randall Cobb since he left Green Bay for Dallas in 2019 free agency.
Amari Rodgers NFL Draft Team Fits
Green Bay Packers
Certainly, the Packers would be an ideal fit for Amari Rodgers. They have a player — you may have heard of him — named Davante Adams, who does some of his best work outside the slot. Rodgers would make an excellent complement to Adams; 82 percent of Rodgers’ snaps as senior came in the slot. (Aaron) Rodgers to (Amari) Rodgers could be fun! The Pack would be wise to snag him at 62nd overall; if he slides to 92nd, even better.
Washington Football Team
Rodgers would be best suited on a team that has existing playmakers and Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are just that in Washington. The trio would be a dream-come-true for newly-acquired quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. WFT loves its YAC and Rodgers can provide.
New England Patriots
The Patriots love their do-it-all weapons and Rodgers fits the bill. His competitive nature and strong work ethic are part of the “Patriot Way.” They had issues at the receiver position last season and adding Rodgers at No. 46 overall would be a good start to solving them.
Now that you’ve read our Amari Rodgers Draft Prospect scouting report, stay tuned after the 2021 NFL Draft for his impact on betting lines, odds and tips for his likely NFL team.
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