In light of the NFL announcing its Top 100 Players of 2018 and with the Green Bay Packers finalizing their spring roster, Acme Packing Company is back this week to break down the team’s 90-man roster, player-by-player. Once again, here is our 90-Man Roster Ranking, this time for 2018.
The rankings are a composite of individual rankings from several APC contributors. Today we continue on with players 80 through 72 — two players tied for 70th in our rankings, which will result in them being revealed together on Wednesday. This group features a trio of undrafted offensive linemen, a pair of them who are likely fighting for position with one another in the team’s depth chart.
#80: S Raven Greene
Greene is a ball-hawking safety who has a nose for the football. He combined for 13 interceptions over the past three years with a pair of forced fumbles and four recoveries. He also earned first-team all-conference awards the past two seasons and earned some FCS All-American honors each of the past two seasons. Look for him to push Marwin Evans and Jermaine Whitehead for a reserve spot.
#79: TE Kevin Rader
Rader won’t wow you with his speed or his receiving stat line in college — he ran a reported 4.92 40 at Pro Day and combined for 600 total receiving yards in his career. However, he had a knack in college for some big plays, capped off by a game-winning touchdown with one second left in the 2016 FCS Semifinal. He’s also quick, reportedly posting a time of 7.07 seconds in the 3-cone drill at 250 pounds. If he can contribute as an in-line blocker and on special teams, Rader could easily earn a spot on the roster this fall.
T-#77: C Dillon Day
2018 will be Day’s fourth year out of college, as he spent two years on the Denver Broncos’ practice squad before getting a few games of experience on 53-man rosters. He earned a one-week promotion from Denver’s practice squad to the active roster before being waived and picked up by the Colts; then they cut him loose and the Broncos signed him back to their practice squad. The Packers pulled him onto their active roster from there for the final two games of the season.
Day was a four-year starter at Mississippi State before entering the NFL, but will be hard-pressed to make the team behind starter Corey Linsley and a slew of more established backups on the interior of the line.
T-#77: RB Joel Bouagnon
The former Northern Illinois Husky stayed in-state last year, signing with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent. However, an injury early in camp led to his release, and he spent the remainder of the 2017 season unsigned. The Packers signed him to a futures contract following the conclusion of the season.
Bouagnon is a big, agile back (6-foot-1, 230 pounds, 6.90-second 3-cone) who had good numbers in college, particularly as a junior. That year, he ran for 1,286 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also has some receiving ability, catching 44 passes in his four years.
#76: DL Conor Sheehy
A native of Milwaukee, Sheehy joins former Wisconsin Badgers teammate Vince Biegel on the Packers’ front seven. A run-stopping 3-4 end, Sheehy has the right build for the 5-technique spot but he will probably need to show some pass-rush ability if he wants to make the team out of camp. However, a practice squad spot could definitely be a possibility.
#75: ILB Parris Bennett
Although his Pro Day testing won’t jump off the page, Bennett’s stat lines over the past two years should. He recorded at least 110 tackles in each of the past two years, combining for four forced fumbles and 17.5 tackles for loss in that span. He has experience in every aspect of linebacker play, covering receivers out of the backfield as well as providing pass-rush support from the interior.
#74: OL Jacob Alsadek
A big guard, Alsadek is listed at both guard and tackle. That is likely due in part to his size, as he is instantly the Packers’ tallest guard at 6-foot-7. However, guard would seem to be his most likely position; he started 46 games there over four years at Arizona, and his just-okay athleticism will likely keep him from moving outside.
#73: OL Alex Light
Whereas Alsadek was a guard who may move out to tackle, Light is a tackle who could move inside. A three-year starter on the outside, Light worked out at both guard and center at his Pro Day, showing a willingness to move around wherever NFL teams want him. Like Alsadek, however, Light is listed as a guard/tackle on the Packers’ roster. He also was a long-time starter, making 38 consecutive starts over the past several years.
#72: OLB Naashon Hughes
The only edge rusher in the Packers’ undrafted rookie class, Hughes has experience at both defensive end and outside linebacker, and his leadership was on display as he was elected a team captain as a senior. His finest season was probably as a sophomore, when he posted nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks; however, he also has extensive special teams experience, which should give him an opportunity to earn a spot on the roster.
#71: Tune in tomorrow to find out, as our voting resulted in a tie for the 70th position.