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Packers 2020 90-Man Roster Ranking, 5-1: For the first time, there’s a new name on top

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Since APC started this exercise, Aaron Rodgers has always held the top spot. That is, until 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 last week-plus, we have revealed the rankings ten at a time. Today we conclude the rankings with the top five.


#5: DT Kenny Clark

Highest ranking: 3
Lowest ranking: 6

Clark enters the fifth and final year of his rookie contract in 2020 coming off back-to-back six-sack seasons. Clark’s 2019 campaign finally earned him his a well-deserved first Pro Bowl appearance, as he finished second among all interior defensive linemen in quarterback pressures (according to Pro Football Focus). Also according to PFF, Clark is one of the NFL’s top 50 players right now, joining two other Packers in our top five.

Clark also rarely leaves the field, posting his excellent production in 2019 while taking the field for a whopping 869 defensive snaps. Described as the league’s prototypical modern nose tackle by Pro Football Focus, extending Clark’s contract remains one of the Packers’ biggest financial priorities this summer.

#4: WR Davante Adams

Highest ranking: 1
Lowest ranking: 9

Joining Clark in the PFF top 50 list is Adams, who somehow finished three yards short of 1,000 for a second time in his career in 2019. However, this time Adams missed four games due to injury, which caused him to fall short, and he posted the second-highest yards per game of his career en route to a third straight Pro Bowl appearance. Adding to his tremendous stat line was his playoff performance, as Adams caught 17 passes for 298 yards and two scores in the Packers’ two postseason games. He also crossed the century mark in seven of his 13 games in 2019, playoffs included.

A route-running nightmare for defensive backs, Adams is able to create separation early on with his feet rather than relying on pure speed. Furthermore, his rapport with Aaron Rodgers is clearly evident — simply watch his film from the divisional playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks to see him in his full glory.

#3: QB Aaron Rodgers

Highest ranking: 1
Lowest ranking: 6

That’s correct — Aaron Rodgers is not number one on our countdown. Predictably, this is the first time this has happened, though he did earn half of the #1 votes. However, overall the voting puts him in third place this year, in part because of his gradually dwindling efficiency.

While Rodgers is still one of the best throwers of the football in the NFL, he had one of the poorest seasons statistically of his career in 2019, in most cases matched only by the 2015 campaign. That year saw his numbers largely fall apart after teams adjusted to his weakened receiving corps, while a young and unproven group of wideouts again affected his performance in 2019.

Rodgers and Packers fans alike are counting on a resurgence in 2020 thanks to better familiarity with Matt LaFleur’s offense, as a second offseason to absorb it should help the overall efficiency of the unit. He caught lightning in a bottle late in the 2016 season, but outside of the nine-game stretch late that year, he has simply not been the constant MVP-caliber player he was from 2009 to 2014. So while he’s still a tremendous football player, he slips two spots in this year’s countdown.

#2: EDGE Za’Darius Smith

Highest ranking: 1
Lowest ranking: 4

Smith might be criminally underrated by the broader NFL media, but not by Acme Packing Company’s writers. Falling a single point short of tying for the #1 spot, Smith deserves any accolades that come his way after his tremendous 2019 season. In his first year with the Packers, Smith made the Pro Bowl after recording 13.5 sacks in the regular season (plus two more in the playoffs).

Already the straw that stirs the drink for the Packers’ defense, Smith was on the field for 84 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2019, a career high by almost 200 plays. In that time, only one player in the NFL recorded more quarterback pressures than Smith’s 66, according to Sports Info Solutions. His efforts helped the Packers finish third in the NFL in overall defensive pressure rate, a significant upgrade from their 15th-place ranking the year before his (and Preston Smith’s) arrival.

When he signed a four-year, $66 million contract last March, the numbers seemed staggering for a man with just 16 starts in four NFL seasons. Z has already proved that he is worth every penny of that deal.

#1: LT David Bakhtiari

Highest ranking: 1
Lowest ranking: 4

Finally, coming in at the top spot is Bakhtiari, making it a pair of former fourth-round draft picks in the top two. Bakh is simply the best pass-blocking tackle in football, but like Smith he still gets overlooked by many in the media. He does have one first-team All-Pro and two second-team honors to his name, and he will readily tell you that that gives him three All-Pro honors against just two Pro Bowl appearances.

As Bakhtiari has progressed in the NFL, he has become more of an effective run-blocker, but it is his pass protection that will always be his greatest strength. Equally adept against speed and power rushers, his skills made him PFF’s 42nd-best player and the top left tackle on their top 50 list. This year, it is Rodgers’ most important protector who takes the top spot away from him on our 90-man countdown.


Here’s the complete 90-man ranking, including total points. This was calculated by awarding a first-ranked player 90 points, second-ranked player 89, etc., then totaling up the points over all six submissions for a maximum possible total of 540.

2020 Packers’ 90-Man Roster Ranking

Rank Alphabetical TOTAL Highest Rank Lowest Rank
Rank Alphabetical TOTAL Highest Rank Lowest Rank
1 Bakhtiari, David 531 1 4
2 Smith, Za'Darius 530 1 4
3 Rodgers, Aaron 528 1 6
4 Adams, Davante 524 1 9
5 Clark, Kenny 520 3 6
6 Alexander, Jaire 505 5 9
7 Smith, Preston 504 4 10
8 Jones, Aaron 495 5 14
9 Jenkins, Elgton 492 8 10
10 Linsley, Corey 485 8 12
11 Amos, Adrian 484 8 12
12 Savage, Darnell 471 11 13
T-13 Lazard, Allen 452 11 23
T-13 Sullivan, Chandon 452 7 24
15 Kirksey, Christian 441 12 18
16 Funchess, Devin 428 14 28
17 Wagner, Rick 421 15 38
T-18 Lewis, Marcedes 417 15 29
T-18 Lowry, Dean 417 19 29
20 King, Kevin 413 14 42
21 Williams, Jamaal 410 21 25
22 Sternberger, Jace 408 15 30
23 Taylor, Lane 407 20 31
24 Crosby, Mason 406 10 66
25 Turner, Billy 405 16 38
26 Ervin, Tyler 396 16 32
27 Patrick, Lucas 381 23 32
28 Dillon, A.J. 375 16 37
T-29 Gary, Rashan 372 23 42
T-29 Greene, Raven 372 17 56
31 St. Brown, Equanimeous 369 24 34
32 Valdes-Scantling, Marquez 346 28 39
33 Love, Jordan 332 30 50
34 Lancaster, Tyler 324 28 50
35 Keke, Kingsley 315 33 49
36 Kumerow, Jake 313 26 47
37 Deguara, Josiah 311 32 45
38 Tonyan, Robert 302 34 45
39 Redmond, Will 289 34 67
40 Burks, Oren 288 30 53
41 Runyan, Jon 285 36 58
42 Hester, Treyvon 284 31 54
T-43 Bolton, Curtis 283 35 64
T-43 Summers, Ty 283 39 46
45 Hollman, Ka'Dar 280 26 69
46 Begelton, Reggie 274 30 57
47 Martin, Kamal 273 40 51
48 Scott, JK 267 33 72
49 Jackson, Josh 260 33 69
50 Samuels, Stanford 257 37 56
51 Light, Alex 253 42 61
52 Hanson, Jake 237 47 58
53 Bradley, Hunter 230 40 59
54 Adams, Montravius 222 38 80
55 Nijman, Yosh 205 48 62
56 Baylis, Evan 200 44 67
57 Scott, Vernon 196 50 72
T-58 Garvin, Jonathan 191 54 66
T-58 Madison, Cole 191 51 66
60 Boyle, Tim 183 55 89
T-61 Scott, Delontae 174 54 75
T-61 Williams, Tim 174 45 90
63 Dequoy, Marc-Antoine 169 41 75
64 Taylor, Patrick 164 51 78
65 Roberts, Greg 153 60 73
66 Bruffy, Travis 150 55 73
67 Willis, Gerald 148 49 89
T-68 Ento, Kabion 141 55 77
T-68 Looney, James 141 59 74
70 Stepaniak, Simon 134 60 79
71 Ramsey, Randy 131 61 78
72 Barnes, Krys 125 47 84
73 Sunderland, Will 121 63 77
74 Williams, Dexter 106 57 85
75 Galeai, Tipa 92 65 82
76 Stewart, Darrell 87 69 83
T-77 Conway, Cody 84 67 86
T-77 Johnson, Zack 84 68 84
79 Shepherd, Darrius 82 61 90
80 Taylor, Malik 79 70 83
T-81 Black, Henry 78 72 83
T-81 Crockett, Demarea 78 68 87
83 Previlon, Will 75 75 86
84 Davis, Jamal 70 71 86
85 Leglue, John 65 78 90
86 Jones, Jordan 52 70 90
87 Morton, Jalen 46 72 88
88 Amos, DaShaun 43 81 88
89 Griffin, Frankie 23 84 90
90 Wellman, Elijah 16 87 89