With OTAs and minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp still a month away, the APC staff decided to rank all
90 89 members of the Packers' roster. Players were rated on playing ability in 2014, not on projected value in future seasons. It follows that the top 53 aren't necessarily the 53 players that will make up the final roster come September.
Today, we begin with the bottom
ten nine players in APC's 90-Man Ranking:
When the Packers released running back Johnathan Franklin after learning his neck injury would force him into retirement, they opened up a roster spot on their 90-man roster. As of the completion of APC's ranking process, that opening had yet to be filled. Accordingly, if the Packers sign Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly, Ryan Pickett, or some player you've never heard of, he won't be included in this series.
89. Alex Gillett - Wide Receiver
As a roster hopeful in 2013, converted quarterback Alex Gillett demonstrated enough ability as a wide receiver that the Packers eventually signed him to their practice squad. While that experience will certainly assist Gillett as he fights for a spot again this year, his path to the 53 appears even more arduous with draft picks Davante Adams, Jared Abbrederis, and Jeff Janis in tow. Combined with the early reviews of Chris Harper and Kevin Dorsey, it's quite difficult to see Gillett, comparatively a more limited athlete, making an impact.
88. Justin Perillo - Tight End
One of the best position battles of training camp and the preseason will come at tight end, where the Packers have returning veterans (Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor, and Jake Stoneburner), a third-round pick (Richard Rodgers), and a much-examined UDFA signing (Colt Lyerla). Rookie Justin Perillo isn't expected to factor into that discussion. While he possesses decent size (6-3, 252 lbs.), his small-school background combined with sub-optimal athletic measurables suggests a short stay in Green Bay.
87. Shaun Lewis - Linebacker
A late addition to the roster, Shaun Lewis is an unknown commodity entering training camp. His size (5-11, 225) will make it difficult for Lewis to make an impact on the football field, which is why he's ranked this low.
86. Ina Liaina - Fullback
While fullback is a dying position in the NFL, the Packers have bucked that trend from time to time, carrying as many as three during Mike McCarthy's tenure in Green Bay. However, Ina Liaina is unlikely to continue that trend. His decent size (5-11, 250 lbs.) doesn't make up for what the APC writers believe is a limited skillset.
85. Charles Clay - Defensive Back
Unfortunately, this isn't the Dolphins do-everything tight end/H-back. Charles Clay made the 90-man roster as a tryout player during OTAs. While commendable, it doesn't cover up for his shortcomings as a player. Clay was part of one of the most victimized secondaries in college football last year, and doesn't possess much in the way of playmaking skills.
84. Luther Robinson - Defensive End
Luther Robinson brings strength and big program experience to the Packers' roster. However, his lack of both pass rushing capability and run stuffing expertise make him an afterthought.
T-82. Ryan White - Defensive Back
Part of an Auburn defense that pushed the team into the BCS National Title game last January, White's issues are size (5-10) and speed (4.51 40). While a defensive back can usually survive lacking one or the other, few survive without both.
T-82. LaDarius Perkins - Running Back
At 5-7, 195 pounds, players like LaDarius Perkins usually have to carve out careers on special teams. While Perkins returned kicks in college, his lack of a secondary skill will likely prove fatal for his NFL career.
81. Jeremy Vujnovich - Offensive Tackle
Jeremy Vujnovich is probably the least heralded of Green Bay's 2014 UDFA offensive lineman class. While there's not much physically separating him from his fellow undrafted linemen, his lack of refinement compared to practice squad alums like Aaron Adams will make it more difficult for Vujnovich to compete.