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Packers First 53-Man Roster Prediction

In preparation for the first preseason game of the year this Saturday against the Tennessee Titans, here is the first projection of the 53-man roster. Before every preseason game of the year, I will update any changes based on injuries or players standing out with their playing skills.


  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Matt Flynn
  3. Scott Tolzien


  1. Eddie Lacy
  2. James Starks
  3. DuJuan Harris


  1. John Kuhn


  1. Jordy Nelson
  2. Randall Cobb
  3. Jarret Boykin
  4. Davante Adams
  5. Chris Harper *


  1. Andrew Quarless
  2. Richard Rodgers
  3. Brandon Bostick
  4. Ryan Taylor


  1. David Bakhtiari
  2. Josh Sitton
  3. JC Tretter
  4. T.J. Lang
  5. Bryan Bulaga
  6. Corey Linsley
  7. Lane Taylor
  8. Derek Sherrod


  1. Mike Daniels
  2. B.J. Raji
  3. Datone Jones
  4. Josh Boyd
  5. Khyri Thorton


  1. A.J. Hawk
  2. Brad Jones
  3. Jamari Lattimore
  4. Sam Barrington
  5. Joe Thomas *


  1. Clay Matthews
  2. Julius Peppers
  3. Mike Neal
  4. Nick Perry
  5. Andy Mulumba*
  6. Carl Bradford *


  1. Tramon Williams
  2. Sam Shields
  3. Casey Hayward
  4. Davon House
  5. Jarrett Bush


  1. Morgan Burnett
  2. Micah Hyde *
  3. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
  4. Sean Richardson
  5. Chris Banjo


  1. Mason Crosby
  2. Tim Masthay
  3. Brett Goode


* Chris Harper gets the final receiver spot in this mock 53, but in reality the position is wide open. Myles White, Kevin Dorsey, and Jeff Janis all have a legitimate shot at this spot now that Jared Abbrederis is out for the year. But none of those four have put together solid, consistent performances yet to make them the clear-cut favorites for the 5th receiver spot.

* Joe Thomas might be the surprise of camp so far. The undrafted rookie has turned heads so far in camp and has turned in solid, consistent practices so far. With the lack of depth at the inside linebacker position, Thomas could be this years undrafted rookie surprise for the Packers.

* The Packers could have a battle on their hands for the final two outside linebacker positions. For this mock, I gave it to Andy Mulumba and Carl Bradford. Mulamba gets the selection here because of his experience from last year and Bradford has tons of potential. Don’t be surprised to see Nate Palmer be in contention for one of the final spots on the roster though.

*Micah Hyde will be playing most of his snaps at the safety position, but because of his background in playing corner and the surprising play of some of the other safeties on the Packers team thus far, the Packers can afford to only carry five cornerbacks. With the Packers only carrying five corners and Hydes experience at the position, they can carry more safeties than usual with five. Expect to see Hyde play corner in dime packages and expect to see him, Morgan Burnett, and Clinton-Dixon on the field together at points throughout the season.

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