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 60 through 51.
60. Myles White - Wide Receiver
Unlike earlier wide receiver entrants on our roster rundown, Myles White has actually experienced an NFL game. In seven games last season, he caught nine balls for 66 yards. Obviously, that's not a lot of production, but for an undrafted free agent rookie it was meaningful experience. White's snaps on offense overwhelmingly came in the slot (80.3%). He's not so small that he can't also line up at flanker (James Jones' old spot), but it remains to be seen whether the team envisions him in that role.
59. Jarrett Bush - Cornerback
Unsurprisingly, opinions on cornerback and special teams ace Jarrett Bush were split. The difference between Bush's highest and lowest rating (11 spots) was among the very highest such figures in the ranking process. Bush's strengths (strong special teams play, adequate dime back performance) may be enough for a spot on the 53 this year, but each APC writer ranked at least six cornerbacks ahead of him.
T-57. Ryan Taylor - Tight End
Despite entering the league as a seventh-round pick, expectations for Ryan Taylor were considerably high. At one point, Aaron Rodgers even compared him to Packers Hall of Famer and three-time Pro Bowler Mark Chmura. While like Chmura, Taylor earned his roster spot through strong play on special teams, he's yet to approach him as a pass catcher. Taylor's drop rate (25% last season) makes him a shaky proposition for Green Bay after all the tight end talent it added this offseason.
T-57. Nate Palmer - Outside Linebacker
Nate Palmer entered the league as a project. Having played most of his college ball at FCS school Illinois State, Palmer needed to refine his craft before contributing consistently. Unfortunately, injuries forced him onto the field early his rookie year. In all, Palmer played 200 snaps on defense, most of them terrible. That's not to say Palmer won't become a reliable player in the future, but he isn't there yet.
56. Jeff Janis - Wide Receiver
It goes without saying that Janis' ranking is based almost entirely on his elite size and athleticism (6-3, 219 lbs., 4.42 40-yard dash, 37.5 inch vertical). While those numbers blow away every other receiver on the team, they don't necessarily make Janis a rosterable player in year one.
55. Brett Goode - Long Snapper
As far as long snappers go, Brett Goode is as reliable as they come. He didn't finish top 53 in APC's overall rankings, but he's a lock to make the final roster in September.
54. Andy Mulumba - Outside Linebacker
Like Nate Palmer, Andy Mulumba wasn't expected to contribute much as a rookie. However, when injuries forced him into a bigger role, Mulumba wasn't quite as ineffective. He still has a long way to go as a player especially when it comes to over-pursuit, but he'll have a good shot at making the team again this year.
53. DuJuan Harris - Running Back
Despite what head coach Mike McCarthy claimed last offseason, DuJuan Harris was never going to start for the Packers. What he can do is provide a change of pace at running back while also catching check downs out of the backfield. With Johnathan Franklin now gone due to a neck injury, Harris is in the driver's seat for the third running back spot.
52. Scott Tolzien - Quarterback
The Packers didn't win any games with Scott Tolzien at quarterback, but in his three games the former Badger showed enough promise to keep him in the mix for the backup job in 2014. While the APC writers still trust Matt Flynn more, they also believe Tolzien is worth a roster spot.
51. Chris Harper - Wide Receiver
The Packers claimed Chris Harper off waivers after the 49ers released him, the second NFC West team to do so in 2013. He took only two snaps on offense with Green Bay, neither resulting in so much as a target. But Harper's big frame (6-1, 228 lbs.) make him an intriguing prospect. He looked "explosive" during OTAs earlier this month, making several highlight catches.