GREEN BAY — With their two picks Friday night, the Green Bay Packers got some potential help for quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
In the third round, the Packers traded up seven spots with the Tennessee Titans to select Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers with the 85th overall pick. Rodgers, who has drawn comparisons to former Packers dual-threat skill player Ty Montgomery, is a receiver in a running back's body at 5-9½, 212 pounds.
He caught 77 passes for 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns as a Tigers senior last season, and his versatility should allow coach Matt LaFleur to move him all over the formation.
The Packers used their 62nd overall pick in the second round to draft Ohio State center Josh Myers. A two-year starter, Myers was first-team All-Big Ten and a Rimington Award finalist in 2020. He becomes the likely replacement for Corey Linsley, who departed in free agency.
Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers is headed to Green Bay. (Photo: Ken Ruinard, via Imagn Content Services, LLC)
At 6-5, 310 pounds, Myers is two inches taller and 10 pounds heavier than Linsley. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.13 seconds at Ohio State's pro day, where he also did 25 reps on the bench press.
“My ability to move for the height that I’m at is what separates me," Myers said. "I felt like that was always a strength of mine at Ohio State. I have the height, I have the size, but I feel like I have the athleticism as well to get the job done.”
The Packers hope Myers solidifies what should remain a sturdy interior offensive line. His addition will help keep 2019 second-round pick Elgton Jenkins at left guard, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl last season.
In the past two years, the Packers have used five of their six picks on the draft's first two days on offense. Of course, one of those was used to draft QB Jordan Love in the first round last year. Now the question is whether Amari Rodgers or Myers will ever share the field with Rodgers as their quarterback.
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