To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.
On paper, cornerback looks like one of the Packers' deepest position groups. The top four players -- Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, and Micah Hyde -- have all performed well in the past and appear likely to continue. Behind them are many talented options and a trustworthy special teams ace in Jarrett Bush.
Green Bay generally retains between five and six cornerbacks. As Hyde expected to play at least some safety, the APC staff sees the team leaning towards the latter.
Projected Starters: Tramon Williams and Sam Shields
Tramon Williams and Sam Shields were the opening day starters a year ago, and that shouldn't change in 2014. They're (well) paid to handle the responsibilities associated with shutting down the opponent's top receivers, and their track record shows they're up to the task.
Backups: Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Davon House, and Jarrett Bush
As slot corners in a nickel-heavy defense, either Casey Hayward or Micah Hyde will end up as effectively a starting player. Hyde may end up as one anyway if he wins the free safety competition over Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. In any case, both are quality players who provide excellent depth to the position group. Davon House isn't quite in their class, but he's a great option for a player that far down the depth chart. Barring injury, Jarrett Bush shouldn't see the field much outside of special teams, but his experience on that unit earned him our last spot ahead of the talented but raw Goodson.
Released: Jumal Rolle, Antonio Dennard, Demetri Goodson, and Ryan White
With so much depth, it's difficult for any of these players to break onto the final roster. Demetri Goodson has the best chance, but only two APC staffers found a place for him on their 53 projections. If he is released, Goodson will be a strong practice squad candidate. As for the others, there's just too many hurdles to expect them to make the team.