Teams are always looking to add more weapons to their passing game and there is no lack of options at the wide receiver position in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft, including Amari Rodgers. Here's a look at what teams like and have some concerns about when it comes to taking a chance on Rodgers.
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Amari Rodgers Draft Profile
Rodgers is a nightmare for defenses with the ball in his hands. His stout build, short-area quickness, violent running style and competitiveness, plus his speed once he breaks through, allow him to pile up the YAC. He effectively snatches the ball outside his frame and walls off defensive backs on in-breaking routes. He attacks in contested-catch situations and consistently wins the 50/50 ball.
He ran a limited route tree at Clemson and will be relegated to the slot at the next level. The majority of his touches came on either quick screens or shallow crossers; he hasn’t shown the ability to run effective routes at the intermediate level or stem his routes to create separation.
There are similarities to Deebo Samuel as far as his ability to break tackles and pile up yards after the catch. He has some limitations and might never work as a boundary receiver, but he has a chance to be an immediate force working out of the slot.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round
(Top photo courtesy of clemsontigers.com)