The Chicago Bears find a wide receiver by trading up into the fifth round
Ryan Pace and the Chicago Bears turn to a big-time school in the fifth round to find their new weapon on offense. Ryan Pace made a similar move in the 2020 NFL Draft by trading away a future pick to move up and select Darnell Mooney. Mooney proved to be worth the move and looks to have a very bright future. Well, Pace is at it again.
With the fifth-rounder acquired from the Cleveland Browns, Ryan Pace selects Jamie Newman’s Senior Bowl teammate Amari Rodgers. Rodgers came on strong this season as he eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored seven touchdowns. He proved himself even more during the Senior Bowl — both during practices and the game.
Rodgers is 5’10” and 210 pounds. His skill set will allow the Chicago Bears to throw the ball down the field or find him out of the slot in intermediate throws that allows him to gain yards after the catch. This is where Rodgers will help this Bears offense as we have seen very few receivers shine in gaining yards after the catch in this offense.
He could come in and take over the third wide receiver spot if the team decides to move on from Anthony Miller this season. Even if Mill sticks around, Rodgers could push him for playing time just as Darnell Mooney did in 2020.