School: Clemson University | Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
College Experience: Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5’9.5” 211 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 2nd-3rd round
Player Comparison: Golden Tate
Amari Rodgers was a heralded high school recruit that had to wait his turn and recover from injury to show what he can do. A top-75 recruit, Rodgers amassed plenty of offers from Power 5 schools before deciding to attend Clemson over USC. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, he was fighting for playing time behind Hunter Renfrow, Tee Higgins, and Justyn Ross.
He tore his ACL during spring practice in his junior season but was able to recover ahead of schedule to play the full year. It wasn’t until his senior season, Rodgers showed all of what he’s capable of, posting career highs in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,020), and touchdowns (7).
- Great route runner, uses head fakes well
- Uses short-area quickness to get open
- Dangerous after the catch
- Uses his thick frame to shed tackles from cornerbacks. Tough to bring down.
- Occasional drops caused by a lack of focus
- Straight-line speed is not as elite as his quickness
- Small catch radius
How He Will Fit With The Team
Washington needs all the help they can get at wide receiver even if the organization brings in a top-dollar free agent as the #2 option. If Washington focuses their first two selections on defense or fortifying the offensive line, adding Rodgers will give Washington another explosive playmaking threat. Rodgers brings a unique combination of skillful route running and deception coupled with being disruptive after the catch. If Rodgers can work on his concentration when catching the ball, he will give the opposing team fits from the slot.