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Ranking The Green Bay Packers’ Roster From No. 1 To 53

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at September 5, 2021

The Green Bay Packers settled on their 53-man roster last week.

On paper, it appears to be a championship-level roster. Whether the Packers can become a championship team for the first time since 2010, though, remains to be seen.

Here, I rank the roster from No. 1 to 53 in order of importance. A player’s overall ability is the greatest factor in the ranking, but things such as depth at the position weigh heavily, as well.

For example, if the Packers don’t have a quality backup at a position, the starter’s value increases. If Green Bay is extremely deep in an area, the starter’s worth isn’t as great.

1. Aaron Rodgers, QB — Won third MVP in 2020, then said he wouldn’t play for the Packers again during a tumultuous offseason. Rodgers eventually returned, but this is expected to be his last season in Green Bay. Can he lead the Packers to their first Super Bowl appearance in 11 years?

2. Davante Adams, WR — Leads NFL in receiving touchdowns with 58 since 2016. That’s 11 more than any player in football. Entering the final year of his four-year, $58 million contract and his future with team is uncertain.

3. Elgton Jenkins, OL — Became the first Green Bay lineman to start a game at guard, center and tackle in the same season since 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Now, he’ll play left tackle until David Bakhtiari (ACL) returns.

4. Jaire Alexander, CB — Highest-graded cornerback in football last season by Pro Football Focus. Had six games allowing 10, or fewer, yards.

5. Za’Darius Smith, OLB — Posted the most sacks ever (26.0) by a player in his first two seasons with the Packers. Battling a back injury, though, and is questionable for season-opener.

6. Aaron Jones, RB — Ranks second in the NFL over the last two seasons with 30 total touchdowns. His career average is a whopping 5.17 yards per carry.

7. Kenny Clark, NT — One of the NFL’s dominant nose tackles was rewarded with four-year, $70 million deal last season. Coming off an injury-plagued season, though, in which he missed 3 ½ games and his numbers dipped.

8. Darnell Savage, S — Had four interceptions in the final six games of 2020 and flashed the ability to become a perennial Pro Bowler.

9. Josh Myers, C — Second round draft pick will be the starting center from Day 1. Has huge shoes to fill stepping in for Pro Bowler Corey Linsley.

10. Adrian Amos, S — According to Pro Football Focus, had the top coverage grade by a safety last season. Was also PFF’s second-highest rated safety overall.

11. Billy Turner, RT — Versatile player who can line up anywhere but center, but is best suited for right tackle.

12. Rashan Gary, OLB — Took a major jump in Year 2, finishing second on the team in sacks (5.0). Seems poised for a breakout season.

13. Robert Tonyan, TE — Broke franchise record for touchdowns by a tight end (11) last season and ranked second on the team with 52 receptions.

14. Mason Crosby, K — Franchise’s all-time leading scorer has made 42 of 44 field goals the last two years (95.5%) and was 20 for 20 in 2020.

15. Preston Smith, OLB — Sacks plummeted from 12.0 in 2019 to 4.0 last year, then took a pay cut to return. Dropped weight this offseason and seems motivated to return to past form.

16. Krys Barnes, ILB — Undrafted player in 2020 was a major surprise and finished second on the team in tackles as a rookie. He’ll wear the defensive headset and run the show.

17. Kevin King, CB — Mediocre cornerback was torched for a pair of touchdowns by Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady in NFC Championship Game. Returned on a one-year contract and is now trying to salvage his career.

18. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR — Led the NFL in yards per catch last season (20.9), but must end pattern of costly drops. Entering a contract year.

19. Lucas Patrick, OG — Tough, physical player who held up well in first year as a starting guard.

20. De’Vondre Campbell, ILB — Had 99 tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a forced fumble with Arizona last year. Should be an upgrade from the departed Christian Kirksey.

21. Dean Lowry, DE — One of the team’s highest-paid players has just 3.0 sacks in last two seasons.

22. Royce Newman, OG — Fourth round draft pick appears to have won a starting guard spot in training camp. He’ll be tested early against some terrific defensive lines.

23. Allen Lazard, WR — Big, strong, tough player who will always be limited by a lack of speed. Best blocker among wide receiver group.

24. Eric Stokes, CB — First round draft choice has rare athleticism, speed (4.29) and could overtake Kevin King at some point soon.

25. AJ Dillon, RB — Had just 46 carries as a rookie, but will have expanded role after departure of Jamaal Williams.

26. Chandon Sullivan, CB — Played 729 snaps as No. 3 corner last season. Was mediocre, at best, though, and will have to keep battling for his job.

27. Kingsley Keke, DE — Up-and-comer, finished tied for third on the team with 4.0 sacks last year.

28. Jordan Love, QB — First round draft pick in 2020 is the likely starter in 2022. Showed tremendous growth this preseason, but Packers hope they won’t need him until next fall.

29. Amari Rodgers, WR — Quick, powerful slot receiver who should give offense a weapon it’s been lacking. He’ll also begin the year as Green Bay’s No. 1 punt returner.

30. Randall Cobb, WR — Aging, injury prone player was brought back to Green Bay after quarterback Aaron Rodgers demanded his return.

31. Josiah Deguara, TE — Flashed early in 2020, but played in just two games due to a knee injury. Could be an interesting chess piece for creative offensive coaches to use.

32. Dennis Kelly, OT — Offers depth for a line that’s in flux until LT David Bakhtiari returns. Kelly started all 17 games and logged 1,099 snaps at right tackle last season for Tennessee.

33. TJ Slaton, NT — Fifth round draft pick this season was initially viewed as a developmental player. After an impressive summer, though, he could be a surprise contributor.

34. Jon Runyan, OG — Played 160 solid snaps as a rookie. Opens the year as the No. 3 guard.

35. Henry Black, S — Steadily improved during his rookie season and could take substantial jump in 2021.

36. Malik Taylor, WR — Above average special teams player who flashed potential this summer to become a bigger part of the passing game.

37. Kylin Hill, RB — Led Southeastern Conference in rushing yards per game in 2019, before a rough 2020 campaign. He’ll begin the year as Green Bay’s No. 1 kick returner.

38. Marcedes Lewis, TE — Offers little in the passing game, but remains one of the best blockers on the team.

39. Corey Bojorquez, P — Came in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams last week. Career average (45.0) and net (41.8) are both higher than departed JK Scott.

40. Ty Summers, ILB — Led the Packers and tied for sixth in the NFL with 12.0 special teams tackles last season.

41. Yosh Nijman, OT — Enormous man (6-7, 315) whose primary role has been on special teams. Could open the year as the No. 3 tackle based on health of others.

42. Oren Burks, ILB — Former third round pick has failed time and again to win a job at inside linebacker, but is a key special teams performer.

43. Tyler Lancaster, DE — Terrific effort player will always be limited by mediocre athleticism.

44. Vernon Scott, S — Seventh round draft pick in 2020 played in 15 games as a rookie and made his mark on special teams.

45. Hunter Bradley, LS — Has been more down than up his first three seasons in this role. If Bradley’s struggles continue, he’s a top candidate to be released.

46. Jonathan Garvin, OLB — Played in first eight games last year, then was a healthy scratch the last 10 games. Could see action early if Za’Darius Smith is out.

47. Isaac Yiadom, CB — Was acquired in a trade for Josh Jackson late in training camp. Should be a factor on special teams immediately.

48. Dominique Dafney, TE — Intriguing prospect who was elevated to the active roster late in 2020 and caught one touchdown.

49. Jack Heflin, DE — Undrafted free agent made play after play all summer and earned spot on the roster.

50. Isaiah McDuffie, ILB — Undersized, sixth round draft pick was fifth in the country in tackles (107) while at Boston College last year.

51. Jake Hanson, C — Spent most of 2020 on the injured reserve list with a hip injury. Struggled in the preseason and has a lot to prove.

52. Chauncey Rivers, OLB — Waived by Baltimore Aug. 4, signed by Green Bay the following day and shocked many by making the final 53.

53. Shemar Jean-Charles, CB — Developmental player who broke up 27 passes during his last two seasons at Appalachian State.

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