Finally, Acme Packing Company's annual ranking of the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster reaches those at the fringes of the final cut down. Some of these players are rookies while others have already spent a season or two with the team. Those that don't make the regular season roster expect to receive heavy consideration for the practice squad.
So with that out of the way, let's dive in to players 60-51:
60. Christian Ringo, DT
It didn't take long for Christian Ringo, a sixth-round pick out of UL-Lafayette, to garner comparisons to standout Green Bay defensive end Mike Daniels. Both have a similar short, bulky build and quick first step. It took Daniels a year to figure out how to use leverage to overcome his lack of length, which is a best-case scenario for Ringo. The former Ragin' Cajun has to show something during training camp and the preseason to warrant a roster spot. Otherwise, he'll spend the year on the practice squad or with another team.
59. Joe Thomas, ILB
If not for an ill-timed knee injury, Joe Thomas may have edged out one of the Packers reserve linebackers for a roster spot. Certainly, he outshined fourth-round pick Carl Bradford, who spent the entire season as a de facto red shirt. Thomas instead took an injury settlement from the team before returning to the practice squad in Week 10. This year, Thomas has a clear path to not only a roster spot, but also potentially a starting job next to Sam Barrington. To get there he'll need to once again outduel Bradford as well as rookie fourth rounder Jake Ryan. Should he fall short, another trip to the practice squad could be in order.
58. Kennard Backman, TE
Rookie Kennard Backman is one of a handful of tight ends that are competing for a roster spot behind Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers. His main competition, who we will address in more detail shortly, is Justin Perillo. While the Packers could make room for both tight ends on the final roster, its more likely that one ends up on the outside looking in come September.
57. Myles White, WR
It seems like Myles White has been in Green Bay for far longer than three years. The Packers signed the converted cornerback as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and the receiver's strong preseason led to a practice squad appointment. Later that year, the team activated White amid a series of injuries at receiver. About a month later, White himself went down, finishing 2013 on injured reserve. Since then, he has spent another season on the practice squad while waiting his turn for a roster spot. If that time isn't now, White probably doesn't get another ride on the sidelines in Green Bay.
56. Garth Gerhart, C
Garth Gerhart joined the Packers in 2013 after a year on the Cleveland Browns' practice squad. Though significantly undersized for an NFL lineman, Gerhart managed to stick around due to his nasty on-field disposition and football smarts. He finally broke through to the active roster last year and even saw action at guard. However, Gerhart's future, if he has one, remains at center.
55. LaDarius Gunter, CB
The 6'1" LaDarius Gunter enters training camp as the Packers' latest hyped undrafted free agent corner, a trend established by the successes of Tramon Williams and Sam Shields. With multiple cornerbacks departing this offseason, Gunter has a chance to compete for a spot at the back of the roster and develop under assistant coach Joe Whitt. While Gunter's suspect foot speed has raised eyebrows, cornerbacks with his length tend to succeed in the NFL. Just look at Seattle, where nearly every cover man possesses comparable height and arm length. That doesn't mean Gunter will be Richard Sherman or even Byron Maxwell, but those physical traits can help overcome other deficiencies.
54. Brett Hundley, QB
Make no mistake here. The Packers did not trade up in the draft for Brett Hundley only to see him miss the final cut come September. The former UCLA quarterback has tremendous physical gifts and, by all accounts, a passion for the grind that comes with being a professional football player. Still, Hundley may be a year or two away from competing for the No. 2 job.
53. Tay Glover-Wright
While Gunter has attracted the most hype among this year's undrafted corners, it was actually Tay Glover-Wright that garnered comparisons to Packers starter Sam Shields. Glover-Wright possesses similar size and speed to Shields and shares the same wide receiver background. Glover-Wright still has a ways to go before Green Bay can comfortably tab him for a roster spot, but he'll have every opportunity during training camp and the preseason.
52. Adrian Hubbard, OLB
Adrian Hubbard's massive frame (6'6", 257 pounds) and college pedigree (Alabama) made him a popular candidate to make the roster after going undrafted in 2014. However, Hubbard rarely flashed during the preseason, and the Packers relegated him to practice squad spot for the entire year. He's back for another round, but the team won't redshirt him again if he doesn't show more.
51. Justin Perillo, TE
As mentioned earlier, Perillo finds himself in a dogfight with a sixth-round pick for what is likely the third and final roster spot at tight end. Perillo has experience on his side, having spent the final stretch of 2014 on the Packers' active roster. However, the competition likely comes down to which player performs better on special teams, and Perillo is just as green there as anyone.