As the NFL draft ends and camp opens for the new rookies, the talks about who will make the team and who will be cut. For the Green Bay Packers, the decision of who stays and who goes will not be easy. In my opinion, the players taken in the first five rounds are locks to make the Packers’ roster. Those players include Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Khyri Thornton, Richard Rodgers, Carl Bradford, Corey Linsley, and Jared Abbrederis.
For Demetri Goodson and Jeff Janis, who were taken in the sixth and seventh rounds respectively, I believe that they should be favored to make the team. Current Packers cornerbacks Tramon Williams and Davon House are entering contract years, so Goodson could be kept to provide more depth, or to play on special teams.
For Janis, the road to make the team is similar. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are also entering contract years and both will be looking to get big money after this season. If Janis can show what he can do during the preseason, he might just earn a roster spot.
More than likely, the last few roster spots on the Packers will come down to a handful of undrafted free agents. One player that I have heard good things about is linebacker Adrian Hubbard. Hubbard started all but one game the last two years at Alabama, and had 10 sacks. The Packers need more linebacker depth, and Hubbard would be a nice addition if he made the team.
Another undrafted free agent that will have to work to make the final Packers’ roster is former Oregon tight end Colt Lyeria. Talent wise, Lyeria had the ability to be drafted in the first few rounds of the NFL draft. But, after Lyeria was kicked off the team after being charged with possession of cocaine, his chances of being drafted went right down the drain. Standing at 6-foot-4, Lyeria does have some upside, but the off the field issues are the big thing standing in his way from making the cut.
Of the other undrafted free agents, some names to watch are linebackers Jake Doughty and Joe Thomas. As I have said before, the Packers need more depth at inside linebacker. Doughty was the defensive MVP of the Poinsettia Bowl last year and had 148 tackles last season. Thomas had 116 tackles at South Carolina State and was the MEAC defensive player of the year. The Packers have a need at inside linebacker, and these two could help that need.
For all of the new rookies, getting signed or drafted was the first part of their dream. For them to complete part two, all of them need to show how they can help the team.