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Packers 90-man roster ranking, 70-66: Can Allen Lazard crack Green Bay’s receiver group?

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Players of varied experience levels slot in across our next five-man group in the ranking.

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With the Green Bay Packers’ 2019 90-man roster complete and filled out for the start of Organized Team Activities next week, Acme Packing Company is hard at work on our annual ranking of the full roster.

After revealing players ranked from 75 to 71 earlier today, we continue on this afternoon with the players in slots 70 through 66. This group has players of varied experience levels: from one who has been in the NFL since 2014 to a pair of undrafted rookies. Here’s a look at the next group of five on our list.


70: Randy Ramsey, outside linebacker

One of the Packers’ initial undrafted rookie signings, Ramsey drew interest from the Packers going back to the pre-draft process. He was one of the team’s 30 official visitors, and although he does not possess elite physical tools, he was able to put together a solid and steady career at Arkansas while playing multiple different positions.

Ramsey’s backstory is interesting, however; when Arkansas assistant coach Randy Shannon left for Florida after Ramsey’s freshman year, Ramsey’s primary recruiter was gone and he began to lose his way. His grades reportedly slipped and he ended up being dismissed from the team. A year off rejuvenated his fire for football, however, and he returned to Arkansas (initially without a scholarship) and put together a solid final three years. The perseverance that he displayed in working through his struggles will need to be on display this summer in Green Bay.

69: Will Redmond, cornerback

The Packers snagged Redmond, a former third-round draft pick in 2016, for the practice squad early on in the regular season a year ago, elevating him to the active roster for the final two months of the season. Although he went on injured reserve late in the season, he did suit up in five games for the Packers, primarily on special teams, and recorded one solo tackle.

Redmond was an exceptional athlete leaving college, but a torn ACL in 2015 prevented him from working out fully in the lead-up to the 2016 draft. However, the 49ers picked him 68th overall, based largely on his projection and pre-injury college production. However, he then tore another ACL at the start of his rookie season and landed on injured reserve before going there again at the start of 2017. In fact, he has been on IR in each of his three years in the NFL, so making it through training camp unscathed might just be a win.

68: Kapri Bibbs, running back

Bibbs entered the NFL in 2014, signing with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent. He then bounced around on their practice squad and active roster for three years before Denver sent him to San Francisco during the 2017 NFL Draft as part of a late draft pick swap. He then stuck with Washington after missing out at final cuts, eventually landing with the Packers late last season on a waiver claim.

Bibbs, a self-professed Packers fan, likely has run out the clock on his practice squad eligibility. Given the Packers’ acquisition of Dexter Williams in the 2019 NFL Draft and established players in Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams ahead of him, it will be an uphill climb for Bibbs to make the team.

67: Yosh Nijman, offensive lineman

With a better 3-cone time at the 2019 Combine, Nijman might have set a record for the best RAS ever for an offensive tackle. In fact, using his silly Pro Day time of 7.29 seconds would do it for the three-year starter, who started at left tackle for two years before moving to the right side as a senior.

His absurd athleticism — 4.88 40 and 4.50 short shuttle at 6-foot-7 and 314 pounds — provides the promise that he could be molded into a productive player by an NFL coaching staff. Though raw in technique, a year on the practice squad could be just what he needs to develop that aspect of his game and continue improving on his absurd athletic ability.

66: Allen Lazard, wide receiver

At 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, Lazard is the definition of the hybrid receiver/tight end player who can create matchup problems for defenses. Indeed, he revealed at the 2018 Combine that the Packers reportedly liked him in that kind of a role before the Jaguars signed him as an undrafted free agent.

As a big slot player, Lazard can match up against smaller safeties and his 4.55 speed gives him enough juice to be a problem against slower linebackers. Plus, his 26 touchdowns in college suggest that he could be a serious weapon in the red zone. Don’t be surprised if he makes a surprise run at the roster in camp as a sixth receiver — he could even be competing against Robert Tonyan for a spot, as both players would likely play a similar big receiving role.