With modern NFL offenses featuring three-wide receiver sets on a seemingly regular basis, Rodgers is a player who should find plenty of opportunities to produce at the next level. A compact, sturdy wide receiver who is built similar to a running back, Rodgers projects as an excellent slot receiver in the NFL.
After being further down the depth chart early on in his collegiate career, Rodgers wrapped up his senior season posting career highs in receptions (77), receiving yards (1,020) and receiving touchdowns (seven). He was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2020, in addition to being a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist. Rodgers has appeared in 52 games over his four years at Clemson and was a member of the Tigers team that won the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Film Review: Strengths and Weaknesses
When watching Rodgers the first thing that jumps out to you are his superb hands. He’s a natural hands-catcher and has no trouble plucking the ball out of the air with ease. Thanks to his build, Rodgers is a legitimate weapon after the catch in the short-to-intermediate passing game but also on end-arounds and other designed runs. He shows off excellent vision with the ball in his hands. Though it might feel easy to label him “quicker than fast,” he still has enough speed to separate from defensive backs more often than not.
While he was targeted down the field more in his 2020 season, there is some projection in Rodgers expanding his route tree at the next level. He is not a receiver who is going to thrive in jump ball or contested-catch situations but there are several other areas he can produce for an NFL team.
Pro Day Performance
40 Yard Dash: 4.51
Short Shuttle: 4.36
The Green Bay Packers selected Rodgers with the 22nd pick in the third round, the 85th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Packers finally addressed the wide receiver position across from star wideout Davante Adams and Rodgers should prove to be an excellent complement to Green Bay’s passing attack. There was not a wide receiver on the Packers roster last season aside from Adams who eclipsed 65 targets in the passing game. With his ability to thrive in the short and intermediate game and his ability to create yards after the catch, look for Rodgers to become a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers in the middle of the field. His ADP is hovering towards the back of round three in rookie drafts (36th player off the board per NFL Draft Bible as of 4/30/2021) and that could certainly climb higher after being selected to play with a future Hall of Fame quarterback.