4 players on Steelers radar after sending the house to Clemson’s Pro Day

Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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American wide receiver Amari Rodgers of Clemson (3) drills during National team practice during the 2021 Senior Bowl week. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

Amari Rodgers, WR

While Etienne is probably the only first-round candidate the Steelers would consider drafting from Clemson (outside of QB Trevor Lawrence who will clearly be long gone), Amari Rodgers seems like a very possible day-two selection at this point. Well before Clemson’s Pro Day, Rodgers is a name that has been linked to Pittsburgh due to his skillset and family bloodlines (his father is Tee Martin).

While he measured in just a hair under 5’10”, Rodgers could be the exact type of receiver the Steelers are looking for. Despite comments that he would like to stay, it seems very likely that JuJu Smith-Schuster will be suiting up for another team in 2021. Because of this, the Steelers have a need for a physical slot receiver who can win contested catches and move with the ball in his hands. Rodgers fits the bill.

Though he’s probably not an outside receiver in the NFL, JuJu played primarily in the slot, and slot receivers are more valuable in today’s NFL than ever before, as teams run more ’11’ personnel than any other grouping on offense. While he is a senior, Rodgers checks nearly every other box the Steelers typically look for in a wide receiver and he has the production and athleticism they typically desire. It also doesn’t hurt that he ran an unofficial 4.45 at his Pro Day either.