As we reach Tuesday afternoon, we are continuing our ranking of the players on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster this afternoon with a look at the seventies. Not surprisingly, this group of players largely features undrafted free agents or holdovers from last year's practice squad who appear to have slim chances of making the final 53-man roster out of training camp.
80: Cody Mandell, P
Signed in the offseason to give incumbent Tim Masthay some competition after a rough second half in 2014, Mandell last punted as a member of the Dallas Cowboys last offseason, but was cut a week into training camp. It would be a shock if the former Alabama punter unseated the player who has taken every punt for the Packers over the past five years.
79: Bernard Blake, CB
One of the undrafted rookies signed by Green Bay shortly after the draft, Blake played in the Shrine Game after his Senior year at Colorado State. He has a very light build, though, standing 5'11" but weighing in under 180 pounds. It will be tough to overcome the numerous players ahead of him on the depth chart at cornerback, as his name has been mostly absent from most practice reports.
78: Jermauria Rasco, OLB
The scouting report on Rasco is that he has a great football mind and can anticipate what the offense will do. However, his physical skills and measureables leave something to be desired, as he never produced big numbers at LSU and had a mediocre Pro Day. Like Blake, he is also hurt by the large number of players ahead of him on the depth chart at his position.
77: Mitchell Henry, TE
Henry is this year's Justin Perillo. He's an undrafted free agent who has a decent shot at making the team based solely on the fact that the Packers like tight ends on special teams and don't have a lot of them on the roster right now. This year, though, it's Perillo who's the incumbent, and Henry, from Western Kentucky, will be looking to take his job (and jump over 6th-round pick Kennard Backman in the process). Henry has made a few impressive catches in offseason practices, but will need to follow that up with good play on special teams during training camp.
76: Josh Walker, G
After a short stint with the Colts, Walker spent much of the 2014 season on Green Bay's practice squad. He's got an uphill climb to make the team though, as the Packers have two Pro Bowl-caliber guards and a few established backups in Don Barclay and Lane Taylor. Walker's best shot at the team might be another stint on the practice squad, which would make him first in line if there's a need due to injury.
75: Alonzo Harris, RB
Of the Packers' two undrafted running back signees, Harris is the less-heralded behind John Crockett, in large part because he split time in the backfield for Louisiana-Lafayette. Harris is a bruiser, though, a big hammer at 6'1" and 237 pounds, and his running style is probably the closest to Eddie Lacy's of any other back on the team.
74: Tavarus Dantzler, ILB
Making the switch from outside linebacker to the inside takes time, and Dantzler's head is likely swimming right now. Despite filling up the highlight reel with some impressive plays, he played FCS ball in college and has remained with the third or fourth linebacker units. A realistic goal for Dantzler in training camp would be to make the practice squad.
73: Lavon Hooks, DT
Hooks might have the best chance of any player in the 70s to make the team, based on reports of his offseason practices and the team's depth chart. The Ole Miss product has good size at 6'3", 312, and could potentially fit in anywhere along the Packers' line. If he keeps up the good play in camp, he could push Khyri Thornton or Christian Ringo for the last spot on the defensive line.
72: Fabbians Ebbele, T
Ebbele is an interesting project at tackle, if for no other reason than his sheer size. At 6'8" and 312 pounds, he can probably add some more weight to his frame and still be effective. His technique needs some work and questions about his athletic ability will follow him throughout his career, but he might earn some extra opportunities because of his size alone.
71: Ricky Collins, WR
Like a few other wideouts who are grouped together near the bottom of the roster, Collins has not really stood out from the pack and is the victim of a stacked receiver corps in Green Bay. However, he had arguably the best college production of any of the undrafted rookies (albeit in Division II) and is equipped to handle snaps on both the slot and boundary.
Stay tuned for players 70-51 on Wednesday.