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Packers 2020 90-Man Roster Ranking: Players 40-31 look for 3rd-year breakouts

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This group is filled with players looking to make a jump in their third years and two rookies that could be future franchise cornerstones.

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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. Today we continue those rankings with spots 40-31.

#40: Oren Burks

Highest ranking: 30
Lowest ranking: 53

Burks is a dynamic inside linebacker that was supposed to be a good compliment next to the stiffer Blake Martinez, but injuries have hamstrung the former third-round pick out of Vanderbilt. With Martinez gone, the Packers brought in Christian Kirksey to fill the void. Burks can still be a major contributor to the Packers defense this season, but that starts with staying healthy in the summer and during preseason.

#39 Will Redmond

Highest ranking: 34
Lowest ranking: 67

Despite being originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers, Redmond is a standard secondary player as a cornerback-turned-safety. Redmond made four starts last season, but the former third-round pick isn’t getting much further past that, barring injury. With Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage manning the third level of the secondary, Redmond’s best contributions will remain on special teams, where he has been very productive.

#38 Robert Tonyan

Highest ranking: 34
Lowest ranking: 45

Big Bob Tonyan has made the most of his limited opportunities in his short time with the Packers. In two seasons, he has career totals of 14 catches on 21 targets for 177 yards and two touchdowns, great numbers if those are over the course of two games rather than seasons. Tonyan’s role as a backup is pretty well defined and with the Packers using third-round picks on tight ends two years in a row, don’t anticipate Tonyan making a great step forward towards being a key player.

#37 Josiah Deguara

Highest ranking: 26
Lowest ranking: 45

Deguara was a surprising pick for the Packers in the third round of the 2020 draft as most thought that Head Coach Matt LaFleur was just trying to get his version of Kyle Juszcyzk – a fullback. His skillset extends beyond your typical H-Back player and if it weren’t for his 6’2” height, he’d probably be more fondly referred to as a tight end and, by extension, a weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Deguara is a chain-moving TE who blocks and fights for extra yards. He has really good hands and could be a big piece of the puzzle for this offense.

#36 Jake Kumerow

Highest ranking: 26
Lowest ranking: 47

Kumerow has nice rapport with Rodgers and contributed decently when called upon last year. However, his 57 percent catch percentage was not promising and – despite being related to the Bosa brothers – he doesn’t exactly have premier explosiveness or speed. With Allen Lazard emerging last season and Devin Funchess brought in, Kumerow might be a chopping block candidate if his experience in the organization doesn’t help him.

#35 Kingsley Keke

Highest ranking: 33
Lowest ranking: 49

As a rookie last season, Keke didn’t get much opportunity to showcase his skillset for a team that didn’t rely on many down defensive linemen. There are tools there for Keke to jump into a more consistent role, if not a starting spot at the defensive end position next to Kenny Clark. He’s primarily a pass rusher, but can and has played well against the run in his limited snaps. Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster are fine players, but they have their limitations and Montravius Adams just might not be a factor. I’d keep an eye on a second-year jump for Kingsley.

#34 Tyler Lancaster

Highest ranking: 28
Lowest ranking: 50

Lancaster is a big obstacle for Keke to getting more snaps. According to PFF, Lancaster took a big step back in the running game going from a 74.2 grade in his rookie season, to a 57.2 run grade last year. He’ll need to take a big step forward in his third season to not lose snaps to Keke, Adams, or other young backups.

#33 Jordan Love

Highest ranking: 30
Lowest ranking: 50

The other man at the center of all the perceived drama surrounding the Packers this offseason is Jordan Love, the project QB out of Utah State. Ranked at #33, he gets a big boost based on his position and the fact that having a solid backup QB has been an area of need for Green Bay for years. But he wasn’t drafted in the first round to be a career backup. Love projects to be the future of the franchise in Green Bay and he definitely has the tools to become that player. His biggest red flag – and it’s a big, bright red flag – is that he has questionable decision making.

There are a lot of caveats on Love’s final season as an Aggie so the excessive turnovers aren’t entirely his fault. Nor are they entirely on the circumstances. Love can make some incredible throws and has a decent amount of athleticism to escape pressure and throw on the run. There’s optimism here, even if you don’t agree with the process.

#32 Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Highest ranking: 28
Lowest ranking: 39

MVS came back down to Earth last season after a promising rookie start. His sophomore struggles could be chalked up to learning a new offense, but it’s also marred by dropped balls and a struggle to be the field-stretching option that the Packers needed. There’s still hope for a bounce back. Davante Adams famously took until his third season to break out, so there’s still a window for MVS to evolve into a starting caliber WR.

#31 Equanimeous St. Brown

Highest ranking: 24
Lowest ranking: 34

Despite being injured last season, St. Brown still ranks high on our list for the potential that he brings to the Packers offense. In his rookie season, ESB played in 12 games and started seven of those. During that span, he accumulated 15.6 yards per reception and flashed impressive hands during 2018. The Packers didn’t bring in any WR help during draft and only signed Devin Funchess during free agency, so the door is open for St. Brown to get plenty of targets. His 6-foot-5 height makes him an issue for defensive backs and he has good speed to get downfield. These combinations of traits could help him snap up the deep shots that were meant for MVS last season and actually catch the balls coming his way.