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Packers’ 2020 90-man Roster Ranking: spots 70-61 feature high-upside pass rushers

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The Packers need contributors on the edge, and this section of our roster rankings feature a few who could step up in 2020.

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The Green Bay Packers, like every other team in the NFL at this point in the offseason, have 90 players on their roster. Those 90 men have varying backgrounds, experience levels, and natural skillsets, but they can be defined into various strata of player.

Each year following the player acquisition phase of the offseason, Acme Packing Company conducts a ranking of the 90-man roster, based purely on the caliber of the players with no attention paid to positional value or value to the team. It’s an attempt to identify who the best players are on the roster regardless of position, and this year six of our contributors submitted rankings, which we have compiled into our master list.

Over the next week-plus, we will reveal the rankings ten at a time. Our rankings continue today with spots 70-61.

#70 G Simon Stepaniak

Highest ranking: 60
Lowest ranking: 79

One of three late-round offensive line picks in this year’s draft, Stepaniak probably faces the longest road to a productive 2020 if only because of a late-season knee injury last year. Still, he offers good size and experience on the interior and could be a long-shot contender or developmental prospect if his recovery goes well. And not that it necessarily means anything, but Stepaniak posted a very solid 37 bench press reps at the NFL Combine.

T-68 TE James Looney

Highest ranking: 59
Lowest ranking: 74

Looney didn’t make an impact during his first two years in Green Bay, and is now making a transition to a new position, one he’s never played before.

T-68 CB Kabion Ento

Highest ranking: 55
Lowest ranking: 77

Another player in the midst of a position transition, Ento, a college wide receiver, will get another crack at putting his great length and leaping ability to work as a corner this year.

#67 DL Gerald Willis

Highest ranking: 49
Lowest ranking: 89

Willis is a bit of a mystery man in our voters’ minds as demonstrated by the wide gulf between his high and low rankings. Willis played 19 snaps on defense for the Dolphins in 2019.

#66 T Travis Bruffy

Highest ranking: 55
Lowest ranking: 73

Another good-sized tackle prospect with a lot of starting experience in college, Bruffy has been knocked a bit for his run blocking. However, the Packers are in dire need of a swing tackle, and Bruffy can’t be completely counted out for that reason.

#65 EDGE Greg Roberts

Highest ranking: 60
Lowest ranking: 73

The Packers invested fairly heavily in Roberts as a UDFA last year, offering him a noteworthy signing bonus and guaranteeing a portion of his rookie salary, clearly believing in his excellent physical tools despite a lack of production at Baylor. With the edge group wide open further down the depth chart, Roberts might be getting his last, best shot to marry his athletic gifts with actual production.

#64 RB Patrick Taylor

Highest ranking: 51
Lowest ranking: 78

Taylor was fairly productive for two years at Memphis behind Darrell Henderson and seemed primed for a big role heading into 2019, but an early foot injury all but canceled those plans. Taylor has good size (6-foot-1, 217 pounds) and ran fairly well at the Combine but struggled in agility drills.

#63 CB Marc-Antoine Dequoy

Highest ranking: 41
Lowest ranking: 75

Even the official Packers team site calls Dequoy the “underdog of underdogs,” but it’s hard to not be at least a little bit optimistic about a 6-foot-3 defensive back with 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash and good agility numbers. Plus, he majored in video game studies, so you know he has his priorities in the right place.

T-61 EDGE Tim Williams

Highest ranking: 45
Lowest ranking: 90

A 2017 third-round pick, Williams followed Packers’ front office man Milt Hendrickson from Baltimore to Green Bay, but didn’t do much in a short stint on the active roster last year. Williams had 20 career sacks in four years at Alabama.

T-61 EDGE Delontae Scott

Highest ranking: 54
Lowest ranking: 75

Perhaps the most promising of the Packers’ first- and second-year edge prospects, Scott stuffed the stat sheet for SMU. Standing 6-foot-5 but weighing just 246 pounds, Scott is a bit light but could fill out nicely. The Packers seem to like his chances to contribute, too. They guaranteed $15,000 of his 2020 base salary, a fairly high number for an undrafted free agent.