There will be at LEAST one A. Rodgers on the Packers roster this season.
Amari Rodgers, a wide receiver, was drafted by the Packers (yes, you read that right) in the 3rd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The Clemson receiver lead the Tigers with 77 receptions and 1,020 yards last season to go with 7 touchdowns. He was #1 overall pick Trever Lawrence’s primary target in a unique, but successful season that nearly ended in another national championship.
But how does he figure as a fantasy performer in Green Bay? Let’s take a look.
Amari Rodger’s Pro Day
- Height: 5’9″
- Weight: 212
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.52
- Bench Press: 19
- Broad Jump: 10’01”
- Vertical: 33″
Overall, nothing leaps off the page here, but nothing is terribly bad either. Vertical is the most disappointing, but he will likely be utilized in the slot, which is not an area to throw up 50-50 airballs. It might not come up.
How will Amari be used?
His compact frame has given some analysts thoughts of having him line up in the backfield as a running back in certain packages. The Packers have done that in the past with wideouts. His versatility is likely what enamored them to trade up for him in the first place.
Amari is a very strong player who can get to top speeds very quickly. He will be a dangerous weapon in the slot with great hands and natural footwork. Has the speed to work outside, but will likely live in the middle of the field.
With Davante patrolling the sidelines and forcing most of the CB attention, I like this kid feasting between the hash marks. He’s a plus punt returner as well, only adding to his fantasy value.
Should I draft him? It’s complicated…
Short answer: It depends on who plays quarterback this season.
It’s a hard pill to swallow (that I hope is looked back upon as a silly miscommunication), but the fact remains the same. Aaron Rodgers may not be the QB of the Green Bay Packers next season. If that is the case, I don’t foresee the offense being exceptionally dynamic, at least not early in the year.
That being said, IF Aaron Rodgers is slinging the ball his way, there is a very real chance Amari works his way up the depth chart in a hurry. He is unique compared to the exceptionally tall wideouts around him, and plays with a tenacity nobody else has either.
Because of this, I like Amari to start out the year as a roster stash with high upside. If he’s around in the later rounds, pick him up and see what happens. You may be thrilled you did.
Also, if any Packer fans need a pick-me-up, know that Amari’s dreams came true. Welcome to Titletown, indeed.
Amari Rodgers has wanted to be a Packer for a while now.
Welcome to Titletown, Amari. pic.twitter.com/LFGGPmly6V
— GBP Daily (@GBPdaily) May 1, 2021
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