WR Amari Rodgers, Clemson
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Knoxville, TN (Knoxville)
247 RATING: .9453
POSITION RANK: 22
Receiving: 104 catches, 1,124 yards (10.8 ypc), 8 touchdowns
Receiving: 30 catches, 426 yards (14.2 ypc), 4 touchdowns
Amari Rodgers Breakdown
Amari Rodgers was one of the most explosive wide receivers in college football. Then he tore his ACL. His road to recovery hasn’t been easy, but his game is getting back to what it was pre-injury. With most of the focus on Justyn Ross, opposing defensive coordinators will be reminded of how dynamic he can be and the damage he can do with the football in his hands.
The best way to describe Rodgers’ game is twitchy. While we didn’t see him full strength early in the season, his explosiveness eventually emerged. The brace on his knee limited him at times, but he still displayed the ability to accelerate quickly in the quick passing game to pick up extra yards. Defenders still had a tough time getting into position to take him down thanks to his agility and quick footwork.
Rodgers can expand his quickness to his route running. He’s admitted that he wanted come out of his breaks better. With Ross getting most of the attention from the opposing secondary, Rodgers ability to get open will become critical to give the Tigers another threat downfield. Separating from his man and opening up passing lanes vertically will provide Trevor Lawrence with more options. He has the speed and quickness to create more room for himself, and the work he puts in the offseason will make him even more dangerous.
Clemson gets back one of the most overlooked threats in the country in Amari Rodgers. He’s a twitchy player who can turn short catches into big gains. He’s also strong through contact. While he’s not the biggest receiver, but he runs like a running back with the football in his hands. Linebackers and defensive backs will struggle at times to take him down because his lower half is so strong, and he can let his speed take over from there. He can create a mess for the defense, and his success will open things up for his teammates too.