With OTAs and minicamp in the rearview mirror and training camp not opening until late July, the APC staff decided to rank every member of the Packers' 90-man roster. Players were rated on their 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 continue our 90-man roster rankings with players 50 through 41.
50. Adrian Hubbard - Outside Linebacker
After dropping out of the draft due to medical issues, Alabama's Adrian Hubbard has resurfaced with the Packers with a chance to earn a spot on the roster and perhaps a meaningful role at two positions. Because of his massive frame (6-6, 257), Hubbard fits at both outside linebacker in the 3-4 and the newly minted "elephant" position in the 4-3 under alignment Dom Capers plans to employ this season. That versatility makes him a far more intriguing player than some of the more limited returning linebackers.
49. Demetri Goodson - Cornerback
The Packers have a knack for finding quality cornerbacks late in the draft and after. Like Sam Shields four years earlier, Goodson possesses both ideal height and athleticism for the position. Because of his time playing point guard for Gonzaga, he's older than most rookies. At the same time, he started for a Baylor team that went to a BCS bowl game and performed well.
48. Letroy Guion - Defensive Tackle
An up and down performer with the Vikings, Letroy Guion is moving to the 1-tech position to back up B.J. Raji. Guion's responsibilities are now mostly limited to two-gapping on fewer snaps. He should find far more success in that role than he did as a starter in Minnesota's 4-3 defense.
47. Brandon Bostick - Tight End
While he needs to slim down from his current 270 lbs. weight, Brandon Bostick remains one of the most gifted athletes the Packers have at tight end. He enters his third year in Green Bay with a chance to carve out a starting role. It's also possible he doesn't even make the team. That said, Bostick's highlight catches from 2013 convinced enough of APC's writers to vote him in at 47.
46. Corey Linsley - Center
Unlike the vast majority of offensive linemen Ted Thompson has drafted during his tenure as Green Bay's GM, Corey Linsley has actually played meaningful snaps at center. J.C. Tretter may be the favorite to win the starting job, but Linsley's experience at the position makes him an exciting prospect.
45. Jerel Worthy - Defensive End
2013 was basically a lost year for Jerel Worthy. He began the season on the PUP while recovering from a torn ACL suffered late in his rookie campaign. He didn't display the explosiveness that made him a second-round pick and played few snaps as a result. However, now over a year removed from the original injury, Worthy appears ready to make an impact.
44. Sean Richardson - Safety
Sean Richardson is the only Packer of recent vintage to return after suffering a serious neck injury. He doesn't possess great range for a safety, but he performs well in the box and can be useful in sub packages.
43. Sam Barrington - Inside Linebacker
One of the reasons the Packers didn't make a stronger push at inside linebacker in free agency or the draft is their belief in Sam Barrington. The second-year linebacker is a tough, physical defender who is expected to make a big leap in 2014.
42. Colt Lyerla - Tight End
Few doubt Colt Lyerla's talent. Without the character concerns that sunk his draft stock, Lyerla probably comes off the board on day two or early day three. But because of his multiple arrests and convictions, the former Oregon tight end had to try out just to earn a contract with the Packers. Now signed, his chances of making an impact appear as good anyone else at tight end.
T-40. Jared Abbrederis - Wide Receiver
With so many receivers likely ahead of Jared Abbrederis on the depth chart, he probably won't see many snaps there his rookie year. However, the Packers are pushing him to handle punts and kickoffs. His sure hands make him a safe option, while his speed and quickness provide the opportunity for big returns.