Ranking the Top 15 Players on the Packers

090911_Randall-Cobb_400Knowing 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?

About Mike Davidsen

Mike Davidsen grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance. Mike has been a Packers season ticket holder all of his life and just recently became a shareholder. Mike joined GPN in May 2010 and specializes in draft analysis.

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Ranking the Top 15 Players on the Packers — 2 Comments

  1. I’m sorry Mike but I have to disagree with Lang. He was horrible last season giving up 12 sacks. I don’t care how versatile a guy is when the best football player in the NFL is getting the snot knocked out of him 12 times because of you. I hope it was because of the elbow and he comes back to 2011 form. If not, his spot needs to go to the best player whether it’s Lang or not.

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