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Ranking the Packers Roster 1-53

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by FrankRizzo, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. FrankRizzo

    FrankRizzo Cheesehead

    May 2, 2010
  2. Mushroom

    Mushroom Packer Owner/Shareholder

    May 21, 2010
    Just six of the 53 players that Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson inherited from Mike Sherman in January 2005 remain on the 53-man roster.

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    Thompson has undertaken a major rebuilding project constructed largely through the draft. A total of 31 of his 58 selections over the past six drafts are on the current team, including six picks in each of the past four years.

    Thompson’s roster also consists of three unrestricted free agents, two acquired via trade, two plucked off the waiver wire and nine signed as street free agents.

    Here is a ranking of the Packers’ roster, from most important to least important:

    1. Aaron Rodgers

    He’s being mentioned as a potential NFL MVP candidate and is the catalyst of the Packers’ high-powered offense. After becoming the first player in league history to post 4,000-yard passing seasons in his first two years as a starter, the only thing lacking on his resume is a playoff victory.

    2. Charles Woodson

    The reigning NFL defensive player of the year makes everyone around him better. He is a turnover-producing machine who in four seasons in Green Bay has 28 interceptions and a franchise-record eight defensive touchdowns.

    3. Jermichael Finley

    He has the potential to become the best pass-catching tight end in the league and will give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares. He’s too big for defensive backs to cover and too fast for linebackers.

    4. Clay Matthews

    He produced a rookie-record 10 sacks and became the first Packers rookie Pro Bowler in 31 years. He is being counted on to spearhead a desperately needed pass rush from his outside linebacker post.

    5. Chad Clifton

    There can be no greater responsibility than protecting the franchise player’s blind side, which is why the team gave their veteran left tackle a new contract at age 34.

    6. Greg Jennings

    He’s the best big-play receiver on the roster with an NFL-leading 21 catches of 40-plus yards over the past three seasons.

    7. Cullen Jenkins

    Perhaps the team’s most underrated player, he contributed to the Packers’ No. 1-ranked run defense and also rushed the passer. He was one of only eight NFL defensive linemen last year to post at least 50 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles.

    8. Ryan Grant

    He’s reliable if not flashy as the go-to running back, with back-to-back 1,200-yard rushing seasons and 291 straight carries without a fumble.

    9. Nick Collins

    The first Packers safety to earn back-to-back Pro Bowl berths since LeRoy Butler, he leads all NFL safeties with 13 picks since 2008 and is No. 1 among all players in interception return yards (405).

    10. B.J. Raji

    He has been moved to the all-important nose tackle position in the 3-4 defense and is expected to occupy multiple blockers and contribute mightily to the run defense.

    11. Tramon Williams

    Reliable starting cornerbacks are a necessity in a pass-happy league, and he is sorely needed in light of Al Harris’ absence and the inexperienced players behind him on the depth chart. Taking on the punt return duties only increases his value.

    12. Nick Barnett

    He overcame major knee surgery to lead the team in tackles (122) last season and showed the ability to rush the passer in the 3-4 defense with a career-high four sacks.

    13. Mark Tauscher

    Without him in the first half of last season, the offensive line was a mess. With him, things settled down and Rodgers could breathe easy as sack totals plummeted.

    14. Ryan Pickett

    He served a key role in the Packers’ top-ranked run defense as a nose tackle and now shifts to end where he fills the spot vacated by Johnny Jolly.

    15. Donald Driver

    His six consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons has been matched only by Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne among NFL receivers. He continues to produce at age 35.

    16. Scott Wells

    He reclaimed his starting job at center early last season and never gave it back. The wily seventh-year veteran serves as an anchor in the middle of the offense.

    17. Brad Jones

    When healthy, he is a proven contributor with four sacks in seven regular-season starts at outside linebacker. The defense needs him to improve on those pass-rushing skills.

    18. Josh Sitton

    The best run-blocker on the line, he played all 1,093 snaps on offense last season and appears entrenched as the starting right guard for years to come.

    19. Morgan Burnett

    It’s a lot of responsibility to thrust a rookie into the starting lineup, but he is learning on the job and made some plays during the preseason.

    20. Daryn Colledge

    Once again, he rose to the challenge when his starting left guard job was on the line and beat back rookie first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga.

    21. A.J. Hawk

    He’s steady if not spectacular from his inside linebacker post, has been No. 1 or No. 2 on the team in tackles in each of his four seasons, and was praised for having his best training camp.

    22. Brandon Chillar

    His versatility is valued, which explains the new contract he signed last December. He serves as the primary cover linebacker in the nickel package and can play outside in a pinch.

    23. Mike Neal

    The second-round draft pick is big and strong, provides much-needed depth on the defensive line and looks to be an immediate contributor.

    24. Jordy Nelson

    He will serve as the primary kickoff return man now that Will Blackmon has been put on the shelf. He also elevated his receiving skills in training camp.

    25. Brandon Jackson

    He’s the only halfback on the roster besides Grant and serves a vital role as a third-down back and pass-blocker.

    26. Sam Shields

    The undrafted rookie likely will assume the all-important nickel cornerback job, which involves taking more than 50 percent of the snaps. He’s developing his raw skills and didn’t play the position until his senior season in college.

    27. John Kuhn

    He can catch, block and play special teams, but elevated his value even more with his role as the No. 3 halfback.

    28. Mason Crosby

    There’s no substitute for a reliable kicker, especially the way the Packers move the ball. He came on strong after a slow start in camp.

    29. Brady Poppinga

    One of three survivors from Thompson’s original draft class in 2005, he will serve as the No. 3 outside linebacker and make major contributions on special teams.

    30. Donald Lee

    He has been overshadowed by Finley but brings valuable experience at tight end.

    31. James Jones

    He came on strong late in camp and could make his biggest impact since his rookie season as the No. 3 wideout.

    32. Korey Hall

    He has been a consistent special teams performer and is interchangeable with Kuhn at fullback.

    33. Matt Flynn

    He passed for more than 300 yards in the preseason finale against Kansas City and is starting to receive attention as one of the better backup quarterbacks.

    34. Bryan Bulaga

    He potentially could fill in at left tackle or left guard and the offense wouldn’t miss a beat. It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a starter.

    35. Brandon Underwood

    He is largely unproven but could be called on as the nickel back if Shields can’t hack it.

    36. Jarrett Bush

    The much-maligned defensive back proved he can make an occasional play in the preseason and is valued on special teams.

    37. Derrick Martin

    He’s not a starting-caliber safety but will fill the role as a stopgap backup and special teams demon.

    38. Tim Masthay

    His nerves should be battle-tested after winning a duel with Chris Bryan, and perhaps the Packers’ two-year punting nightmare finally will end.

    39. Jason Spitz

    The one-time starter provides valuable insurance backing up at center or either guard position.

    40. Frank Zombo

    Maybe it’s a pipe dream to think an undrafted rookie free agent can make an impact, but his sack and forced fumble against Peyton Manning in the preseason was an eye-opener.

    41. Brett Goode

    He’s largely unnoticed and forgotten and only appreciated when his replacement starts snapping footballs all over the yard.

    42. Desmond Bishop

    He’s not starting material as an inside linebacker and will make most of his contributions on special teams.

    43. Justin Harrell

    After managing to stay healthy for an average of just four games per season, he has much to prove.

    44. Charlie Peprah

    He is likely holding a roster spot only until Atari Bigby returns from the physically unable to perform list.

    45. Pat Lee

    He has fallen down the cornerback depth chart and might be released when Al Harris comes back from the PUP list.

    46. T.J. Lang

    He ranks No. 8 on the offensive line depth chart and won’t see much action.

    47. Brett Swain

    Unless he emerges as a viable return man, he is destined to spend a lot of Sundays on the inactive list.

    48. C.J. Wilson

    The rookie showed enough potential to bump Jarius Wynn off the roster and could potentially surpass Harrell on the defensive line depth chart before long.

    49. Tom Crabtree

    He came out of nowhere to earn a job as a tight end but will make his mark mostly on special teams.

    50. Quinn Johnson

    He’s only the third-best fullback and still developing as a special-teamer.

    51. Marshall Newhouse

    As the No. 9 offensive lineman, he will have plenty of time to groom his skills in practice and watching from the sideline.

    52. Andrew Quarless

    Despite what Thompson claims, his No. 4 tight end made the team based on potential.

    53. Nick McDonald

    As the 10th-best offensive lineman, he would be the first to go in case of a waiver wire pick-up.
  3. net

    net Cheesehead

    Jun 3, 2005
    Before I opened the story I said to my wife...."Aaron Rodgers is #1 and Nick McDonald is #53." A total waste of time. Tuesday is the off day for the players so the media folks dream up poop like this just to say they did something. One curiosity is ranking Tramon "Toast" Williams ahead of Donald Driver. If I was ranking this, Driver would be #3.
  4. chucknorris101

    chucknorris101 Cheesehead

    Apr 24, 2010

    toast? toast is bush, not williams, williams is actually very good at what he does, we just expect him to play at woodson's level which just isnt possible(for anyone). our CB problems start at the third string.

    while driver is very valuable to the offense, he's not #3, though id have him ahead of williams

    1 rodgers
    2 woodson
    3 finley
    4 matthews
    5 jennings
    6 clifton
    7 jenkins
    8 collins
    9 driver
    10 grant
    11 williams
    12 raji
  5. Green_Bay_Packers

    Green_Bay_Packers Cheesehead

    Mar 30, 2007
    Mason 28th I can see why

    Nice list of players cant wait for them to put on a show :D
  6. Forget Favre

    Forget Favre Cheesehead

    Dec 27, 2009
    Bring it on!
    Thems boys is ready!
  7. PackersRS

    PackersRS Cheesehead

    Dec 22, 2008
    MAtt Flynn ahead of Bulaga?
  8. BigDaddyKaine

    BigDaddyKaine Cheesehead

    Sep 6, 2010
    Jarrett Bush at 36!?!?!?!?
  9. G0PackG0

    G0PackG0 Cheesehead

    Jul 19, 2010
    Yeah. DD needs to be higher. Nice to have a team though where DD can be as high as 15th!
  10. dansz15

    dansz15 Cheesehead

    Sep 16, 2008
    This makes me so excited for the season! :amen: its here!

    My supervisor is a Saints fan. I asked her to leave just enough of Brett for us to pound :)

    Looking at this roster though, this team could be the best team many of us have possibly seen in a long long time.
  11. JBlood

    JBlood Cheesehead

    Dec 4, 2004
    I like Vandermause's writing. He shows the importance of the entire team by having the top 10 evenly spit between offense and defense.

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