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 80 through 71.
80. Garth Gerhart - Center
The Packers signed center Garth Gerhart shortly after their 2012 season ended unceremoniously in San Francisco. He spent that offseason and this past one building himself up as a potential successor to the departed Evan Dietrich-Smith. However, Gerhart's frame (6-1) makes him a long shot to make an impact at the NFL level. It's just too difficult at that size.
79. Jordan McCray - Offensive Guard
The Packers have had luck with Central Florida offensive linemen before with guard Josh Sitton. However, Jordan McCray stands nearly a full inch shorter and lacks the agility and skill that made Sitton such a success.
78. Tanner Miller - Safety
Like Iowa and Green Bay teammate Micah Hyde, Tanner Miller overcame a low recruiting profile (two-star to unrated by the various scouting services) to become a multi-year starter on defense. Unlike Hyde, Miller is far more limited athletically and is limited to a safety role. He's a pest (in a good way), but he probably isn't NFL material.
77. Michael Hill - Running Back
Michael Hill spent time with three different NFL teams last year, but played very little. He's neither big (5-10, 209) nor fast (4.55 40). Hill can return some kicks and catch the ball out of the backfield, but he hasn't proven he can do much else.
76. Jake Doughty - Linebacker
An undersized rookie linebacker moving into the inside for the first time, Jake Doughty has a lot on his plate. He played at a high level at Utah State, earning first-team All-Mountain West honors as a senior. He has some skill and may battle for a spot on the practice squad.
75. Joe Thomas - Linebacker
Unfortunately, this isn't the Browns' All-Pro. Rather, Joe Thomas is another undersized inside linebacker. The good news is Thomas won his conference's defensive player of the year award and brings decent speed and athleticism to the position. While his chances of making the 53 aren't strong, he'll be in the mix for the practice squad.
74. Antonio Dennard - Cornerback
The Packers have high hopes for Antonio Dennard. While he hasn't spent much time in their system, he's played with two other teams since entering the league in 2012. He remains eligible for the practice squad and could train there for a year if he shows promise this offseason.
73. Carlos Gray - Defensive End
Carlos Gray probably should have returned to N.C. State for his senior year. While he has flashed excellent quickness and a good first step in the past, another year of polish would have probably pushed him into the draft. Gray's not ready to contribute regularly in the NFL, but he'll have some moments in the preseason.
72. Kevin Dorsey - Wide Receiver
One of the two wide receivers Green Bay selected in the seventh round a year ago, Kevin Dorsey has the type of frame (6-1, 207) to play the flanker role in the Packers' offense. There are a lot of bodies ahead of him, but it's not completely out of the question that he battles for the sixth receiver spot in training camp and the preseason.
71. Rajion Neal - Running Back
Rajion Neal's numbers during his senior season at Tennessee (215 carries for 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns) suggest he can play at the NFL level. His speed (4.57 40, 7.19 3-cone) says otherwise. The truth is probably in the middle, and Neal will spend the preseason battling it out for a job.