Knowing that least a handful of Packers make the NFL’s Top 100 list each year, let’s examine some of the names that may find their way onto the list this summer. Where is A.J. Hawk, you ask? The criteria used in constructing this list puts equal weight on the player’s importance to the team versus his overall level of talent. Hawk certainly plays an important role on defense but is as ordinary as they come at inside linebacker.
15. James Jones
The Packers’ No.3 WR barely cracks the list after turning in his best season as a pro in 2012.
14. Casey Hayward
Hayward quickly became an asset in Green Bay as a rookie and looks to follow the footsteps of interception artist Charles Woodson.
13. Sam Shields
Shields is one of the team’s fastest players and is probably next in line for a contract extension but will need to show better consistency in order to cash in.
12. Brad Jones
Jones takes this spot on the list ahead of Hawk thanks to ultimate versatility and an excellent 2012 season behind him.
11. Morgan Burnett
We’re yet to see Darren Sharper or Nick Collins-like play out of Burnett but the fourth-year safety has been quietly productive in a talented secondary since being drafted.
10. Josh Sitton
Sitton is said to be the better of Green Bay’s guards but ranks behind Lang on this list due to being less versatile and coming off a ho-hum season.
9. Jermichael Finley
Like him or not, Finley changes the way defenses game plan for the Packers.
8. Tramon Williams
Williams has not played well over the past two seasons but plays a very important position (matched up against No.1 WRs) and is as good as Darrelle Revis when he has it.
7. B.J. Raji
Like Williams, Raji hasn’t shown much lately but plays a crucial position in the Packers’ 3-4 defense with limited rest in between snaps.
6. T.J. Lang
The surprise of the list; this former fourth-rounder may not be the most talented lineman but his flexibility to move to tackle or center has been invaluable over the past five seasons.
5. Jordy Nelson
Nelson proved that he could handle the No.1 WR spot in Greg Jennings’ extended absence last season and now will retain the role that he earned.
4. Randall Cobb
Cobb is every bit as important as Nelson on offense and also brings big-play potential on special teams (that may be coming to an end as his value rises as a receiver).
3. Bryan Bulaga
The fourth-year tackle is simply the Packers’ most talented offensive lineman and protector of their most valuable asset.
2. Clay Matthews
Matthews’ value to the team is obvious every time he reinjures his hamstring and the pass rush becomes nonexistent.
1. Aaron Rodgers
Who else could possibly be No.1 except for the NFL’s highest paid player and MVP of two years ago?