5 draft mistakes that continue to haunt Packers in 2024

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3. WR Amari Rodgers

Remember, the Packers came into the 2021 NFL Draft with needs at the wide receiver position. Davante Adams was back, but other than him, it was Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Juwann Winfree.

To say this team needed help at receiver would be an understatement. To be fair to the earlier critique of the Eric Stokes selection, it wasn't like there were obvious receivers sitting right there for the Green Bay Packers to take. Elijah Moore and Rondale Moore were the next two guys off the board at that position.

The Packers simply waited until the third round of this class, and the 85th overall pick, where they made a major reach for Amari Rodgers. Rodgers was a four-year player at Clemson who had something of a breakout year as a senior. People felt like Rodgers had big-time potential coming out of Clemson as a 5-foot-9, 215-pound slot receiver who excelled at creating after the catch.

On paper, this pick seemed to be a decent value for Green Bay, but Rodgers has eight fumbles in his NFL career up to this point and only 20 receptions. To say this pick was a disappointment for the Green Bay Packers is an understatement. They have fortunately bounced back with some solid picks at receiver in recent years, but this was another top-100 miss for Brian Gutekunst.