Now that the Green Bay Packers have wrapped up the 2017 NFL Draft and rookie minicamp, the team has finalized its 90-man roster heading into the start of OTAs. The Acme Packing Company writing staff has ranked the players in terms of the players’ overall talent levels and likelihoods to make an impact in Green Bay. We will present the single compiled ranking set to you over the next two weeks.
Continuing with the pre-season evaluation of the Packers 90-man roster, we look at the players along the cusp of the 53-man roster. While the rankings do not take a final roster into account, it is a decent guide. These are interesting players who will be in for some serious struggles. These will be the players giving some of the necessary depth and special teams players for this team.
#60: OLB Reggie Gilbert
Gilbert spent last year on the practice squad. He joined the Packers in 2016 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Arizona. Gilbert had a very good camp last year and could very well push for playing time on a rotational level. A large frame makes him a suitable to play on the left side, the Nick Perry role. A year more in the Packers system should leave him well prepared for a run at playing time.
#59: CB Demetri Goodson
Goodson might be in trouble this season. The addition of Kevin King and the lack of production in key moments last year might be too much. He finally had a chance to get starting time last year. With the considerable injuries last year, Goodson saw more playing time and managed ten tackles and one pass defensed. The defensive backfield is getting crowded.
#58: WR Jeff Janis
This is the emotionally charged name in this little section of the list. Janis is exciting with his measurables, but he has shown some difficulty mastering the route tree of a precise NFL offense. On a team where receivers must make their living by being exactly where Aaron Rodgers expects them to be. The additions of DeAngelo Yancey and Malachi Dupre makes Janis a possible cut.
#57: P Jacob Schum
Schum got the job in a rather odd set of circumstances last season. The Packers added Justin Vogel for competition. Schum did not do particularly well in terms of punts inside the 20 or net average. Not likely Vogel is a huge step up, or even likely to win a competition, but Schum is below average generally thinking.
#56: OL Geoff Gray
Gray is one of the greatest stories of the non-Draft off-season. A guard out of the University of Manitoba, he is an interesting story on a team looking to bring in depth on an offensive line. Gray might get the Kyle Murphy treatment and spend a year getting ready for this level of play. Packers added a number of guards to this roster and the competition will be strong.
#55: ILB Jordan Tripp
Tripp joined the team part way through last year. He was mostly a special teams player and gives some flexibility in that regard. The Packers are Tripp’s fourth team in a very young career. He played outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense and then an inside linebacker in 3-4. He is not going to push for any time that is not special teams time.
#54: DT Brian Price
Price is another of the players who spent last year on the practice squad and returns trying to make the active roster. He is a big body who can be a possible rotational player upfront. Price only started 13 total games in his time as a UTSA Road Runner. Still, there is not as much competition along the defensive line as in some places.
#53: CB Josh Hawkins
Hawkins was on the 53-man roster last year and available for 11 games. He did not manage any statistics during the season and just one tackle in the play offs. Hawkins has 4.4 speed and good leaping ability. He sits in a defensive backfield looking to improve through increased competition. Hawkins has to overcome being the shortest corner back on the roster.
#52: OL Kofi Amichia
Amichia had trouble keeping his weight up in college. He was a left tackle at USF, but looks to play inside with the Packers. Amichia has to get his weight up and keep it up to have a chance of sticking on the roster. He played between 300 and 280 pounds in recent years. He was a good pass blocker, but had difficulty against strength. If he makes this team it will likely be on a practice squad so he can spend a year building strength.
#51: WR Malachi Dupre
Dupre is maybe the most exciting seventh round draft pick this season. Dupre does not have great speed, but showed great explosiveness. Dupre is 6’2” and his combine numbers were similar to Jordy Nelson and Geronimo Allison. Dupre will have to push Allison to get a spot on this team. Check here for a detailed analysis of his chances at making the roster in 2017.