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A new Rodgers in Titletown: Packers draft Clemson WR Amari Rodgers

Another Rodgers for Rodgers... as long as the Packers QB stays in Green Bay.
Posted at 9:42 PM, Apr 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-01 01:33:05-04

GREEN BAY, Wis. — There is a new Rodgers in Titletown.

The Packers traded up in the third round to select Clemson WR Amari Rodgers, who starred for the Tigers alongside QB Trevor Lawrence. It's the first time Green Bay has drafted a receiver since 2018.

Rodgers figures to fit in as a slot receiver in Green Bay. He stands 5'9" and is the shortest receiver Green Bay has selected since Randall Cobb, who is 5'10", in 2011.

Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst described Rodgers as "short but not small." He weighed in at 210 lbs. at his Pro Day.

Interestingly, Rodgers knows Cobb well. Rodgers' father, Tee Martin, was Kentucky's wide receivers coach in 2010 and 2011 when Cobb starred for the Wildcats as a wide receiver after transitioning from quarterback. Rodgers described Cobb as a "big brother" to him.

Partially because of that connection, Rodgers said he had a feeling he would go to the Packers, and even said the Packers were his "dream scenario" in an interview back in March.

“Literally everybody in my family told me I was going to the Packers," he said. "I tried to block it out because I didn’t want to get it in my head.”

“It’s just the fit. Since Randall Cobb left, they felt like (the Packers) haven’t had a slot player like him," Rodgers continued. "Davante (Adams), to bring me in and take a little pressure off him will be perfect.”

Obviously, there are now questions about whether or not Aaron Rodgers will be in Green Bay to throw passes to Amari Rodgers.

Amari said he is aware of that, but hopes the two sides can work it out.

"Of course I want to catch passes from the reigning MVP, a future Hall of Famer," Rodgers said. "I know for sure I would love to have the opportunity to play for somebody like him."

The Packers traded up seven spots to No. 85 to select Rodgers. They sent the No. 92 pick and No. 135 pick (fourth round) to the Titans in the trade.