Packers Select WR Amari Rodgers in Third Round

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Amari Rodgers breaks a tackle during a game against LSU.

With the 85th overall pick in the third round of the draft, the Packers have selected wide receiver Amari Rodgers. 

In a trade with the Titans, Green Bay moved up seven spots from 92nd to 85th to grab him before another team had the chance. They gave up a fourth round pick (#135) as part of the deal.

At 5’10 and 210 pounds, Rodgers is a versatile wideout who is comfortable lining up outside and in the slot. While competing in Clemson’s Pro Day earlier this year, he recorded several impressive numbers. His vertical was 33.5, his broad jump was 10-8, and he ran a quick 4.40 in the 40 yard dash. Rodgers’s father, Tee Martin, is currently serving as the wide receivers coach for the Baltimore Ravens.

College Career

Rodgers attended Clemson University, where he was a member of the 2018 National Championship team. 

That year, he was a starting receiver and punt returner for the Tigers. In March of 2019, Rodgers tore his ACL but made a remarkable recovery the next season, returning in just 166 days. 

As a senior in 2020, he had a career year, leading Clemson with 77 catches and 1020 receiving yards and recording seven touchdowns. He ended his time in the orange-and-white uniform with a total of 181 receptions, 2144 receiving yards, and 15 touchdowns over the course of 55 game appearances and 37 starts.

While a student-athlete at Clemson, Rodgers was known for his hard work ethic. Coaches credit him with consistently staying late after practices to do further work outs and get in extra catches from a quarterback or the JUGS machine.

Amari Rodgers makes a play against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. (Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Looking Ahead

Amari Rodgers will be going from one star quarterback to another. He’s spent the last few years catching passes from number-one overall draft pick Trevor Lawrence. Now, he’ll be joining forces with Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers will be a great addition to the Green and Gold’s relatively young but extremely talented receiving corp. He can certainly learn a lot from Pro-Bowler Davante Adams, as well as breakout wideouts Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdez-Scantling.

Packer fans have long been itching for the front office to invest in an offensive weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Hopefully, with their shared A-Rod connection, Amari Rodgers will prove himself to be the guy we’ve all been waiting for.

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