Amari Rodgers Sees Himself in Randall Cobb-Type Role for Packers

Clemson's Amari Rodgers is a wide receiver the Packers could target in the upcoming NFL draft.  

Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers caught the attention of Green Bay Packers fans when he picked his dream NFL scenario at the 2021 House of Athlete Scouting Combine Showcase. Away from the action, former NFL wideout Brandon Marshall asked Rodgers what his dream round and team would be.

“I’ll say second round to the Packers,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers’ comments made it hard not to imagine what his skillset would look like in Green Bay’s offense. He projects to be a starting level slot that can also be utilized on special teams. The Packers have lacked this type of player since Randall Cobb walked in free agency in 2019.

So, is Rodgers a good candidate to fill the void Cobb left behind? Well, at Clemson’s pro day, I got to ask him just that.

"I definitely see myself as a Randall Cobb-type of player being used in the slot, jet sweeps, and the return game as well,” he said.

Cobb amassed 470 receptions for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns in eight seasons in Green Bay. Cobb was named to his one and only Pro Bowl in 2014 and also served as a return specialist during his first few seasons.

As a second-round pick out of Kentucky, Cobb jumped onto the scene after he returned a kick-off 108-yards for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in his first NFL game. He also returned two punts for touchdowns through his first two seasons.

Rodgers and Cobb have very similar playstyles and builds. Cobb stands 5-10, 192 lbs, while Rodgers measures at 5-9, 212 lbs.

In four years at Clemson, Rodgers totaled 181 receptions for 2,144 yards and 15 touchdowns. Rodgers also returned 68 punts for a total of 529 yards (7.8 avg) and one touchdown. As he transitions to the next level, Rodgers will likely fit best as a primary slot receiver where he can thrive in space and use his playmaking prowess after the catch.

However, besides playing the same position and having similar physiques, the similarities between Rodgers and Cobb don’t end there. At his pro day workout, Rodgers ran an unofficial 4.45 40-yard dash. At the 2011 NFL Combine, Cobb ran a 4.46. Rodgers and Cobb also logged the exact same vertical leap of 33.5-inches.

Since Cobb’s departure, Green Bay’s offense has lacked a true slot receiver. If they decide to select a wide receiver during this year’s draft, Rodgers makes a lot of sense. Matt LaFleur’s system might benefit from a more defined slot presence, and the Packers also need to think about the future of their wide receiver position seeing that no one is under contract beyond the 2021 season.

In the case that Rodgers were to end up in Green Bay, his role would likely be very similar to the one Cobb served for nearly a decade. Rodgers is aware that the Packers might be in search of a slot receiver during the draft after basically operating without one over the last two seasons.

If his dream scenario came true, Rodgers would be eager to have the chance to work with guys like Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers.

"Ever since Randall left, they haven't had a guy like that,” he said. Just being able to bring my game to that offense, it would be special just to see me work with a well-known player like Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers."

"I would love to learn from those guys."

 

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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splitpea1's picture

March 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm

He would be a real nice fit for the Packers. However, he'll probably draw a lot of interest from other teams, especially the Ravens. Not only are they perpetually looking for answers at WR, but Rodgers' father, Tee Martin, is their newly hired wide receivers coach.

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March 17, 2021 at 01:27 pm

Really? Wow having your Dad as one of your NFL coaches, that'd be wild lol.

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March 17, 2021 at 12:31 pm

In all honesty, Gute is putting the band back together as far as the pass-catching group and adding Funchess. I wouldn't be averse to a high-end WR--one that enters the locker room only behind Adams in talent and skill--if one fell in BG's lap, but I don't see him using day 1 or 2 picks on offensive skill position guys this year.

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PatrickGB's picture

March 17, 2021 at 12:42 pm

I guess that we will see what shakes out. A second round pick for a receiver is quite possible.

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Lphill's picture

March 17, 2021 at 05:42 pm

He won't be there in round 2 that late , many teams need a shifty slot guy that can return too .

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March 17, 2021 at 12:58 pm

I can't even imagine a world where the Packers take a WR until at least the 3rd round unless they find a loop hole around their cap issue and start filling other holes ASAP.

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stockholder's picture

March 17, 2021 at 02:15 pm

I can see CB, WR. Adams contract is coming up. And the Wr position, has been a revolving door behind Adams. In fact I have Newsome and Terrace Marshall as the favorites.

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stockholder's picture

March 17, 2021 at 02:02 pm

I've seen him 67- 140 on most boards. If the packers take him, it's a reach. He'll never be a #1. And there are so many guys that could play the slot in this draft. I'd rather Gute Keep his picks and he'll find a better Wr. Especially one for the slot.

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March 17, 2021 at 07:39 pm

I agree with this comment. This article doesn't really profile his skills like was done in other WR articles, so he may be great.
But I always wonder why LaFleur only seems to have a preference for the bigger receivers, instead of at least one shifty guy who could be a 6-7 yard outlet for Rodgers like Cobb was. LaFleur seems to be implying that the DBs are so good these days that you need a receiver who can muscle the defenders, because getting real separation short to mid-field is rare.

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March 18, 2021 at 04:59 am

"If the packers take him, it's a reach"

No such thing as a reach in the 5th round or later, IMO. The odds of a 5th rounder making it are so low that any trait that makes a scout stand up with conviction makes a guy draftable. No matter if nobody else see that trait. it is not totally inconceivable he'll last that long.

I will grant it is doubtful he will last to the 5th. in this case, I'd say any day 3 pick is fine. But not day 2.

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March 17, 2021 at 02:38 pm

I like WR Rodgers as a slot, but in the 4th to the Pack. 135 area, if that's our pick, he has a good chance of being there on the board- take him.

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March 18, 2021 at 04:12 am

I have 2 pretty major concerns about Rodgers. 1) Kent Lee Platte lists his Pro Day 40 @ 4.52. That's way different than the 4.45 listed in the article. Which is the real number? 4.52 is darn near undraftable for a guy his size. 4.45 is acceptable. 7 one hundedths makes a HUGE difference, IMO. 2) Trevor Lawrence is his QB. That's going to put him at an advantage over pretty much any WR in a different uniform.

For those reasons, I'd pass until day 3.

Having said all that, I do want to see the Packers grab one of those guys that profiles like Randall Cobb. Tyler Ervin is not a very good football player but ML's offense made him look pretty good for the blink of an eye. Finding another guy like that puts another arrow in the quiver. There are quite a few in this draft. It doesn't have to be Rodgers. But it can be him, if the price is right.

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March 20, 2021 at 07:50 pm

.... .07 is not a huge difference.

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