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March

Ranking the Packers 2010 Roster: Players 10-1

In part three of this series ranking Green Bay’s roster, we look at the top ten list for Green Bay Packers players. You can find parts one and two here:

Ranking the Packers 2010 Roster: Players 67-30

Ranking the Packers 2010 Roster: Players 29-11

10. DE Cullen Jenkins: His injury woes sometimes overshadow how good of a football player he is, but Jenkins is one of the better 3-4 defensive ends in the NFL.

Equally solid against the pass and the run, Jenkins has the versatility to play several positions along the defensive line. This past season, he played both defensive end and on the inside during passing downs, and was effective in both situations.

That package of talents will make Jenkins a wanted man once free agency starts. At 30 years old however, the Packers might not be willing to pay Jenkins what it takes to keep him in Green Bay.

9. TE Jermichael Finley: In a matter of two short years, Finley transformed himself from a immature rookie to the NFL’s most feared tight end.

While injuries have kept him from completing a full season, no tight end can make claim to the athletic package that Finley possesses. That skill set could see him shoot up this list in the coming years.

He needs to stay healthy and put together a complete season, but the sky is the limit for Finley in the Packers’ offense.

8. S Nick Collins: His pick-six in the Super Bowl put him momentarily in the spotlight, but Collins is one of the NFL’s most underrated safeties.

While not a monster around the line of scrimmage like Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu, Collins does his best work manning the back of Green Bay’s defense. In that role, Collins has 17 interceptions over the past three seasons and could probably have 5-10 more if he had better hands.

Overall, his range and play recognition have gotten better every season he’s been in the league.

7. NT B.J. Raji: For the better part of his first year and a half in the NFL, Raji wasn’t living up to his 9th overall selection in 2009. An ankle injury during his rookie season was one of the primary causes for his early struggles.

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March

Ranking the Packers 2010 Roster: Players 29-11

In part two of this three part series ranking Green Bay’s roster, we look at the middle group of Packers. You can find part one here:   Ranking the Packers 2010 Roster: Players 67-30

Some are role players and others may be on the brink of cracking the top 10, but each is an important cog to the Packers’ machine.

Without players 29-11, the Packers simply don’t win the Super Bowl and probably have a hard time cracking .500.

29. QB Matt Flynn: A former seventh round pick, Flynn has progressed into a solid backup with a possible starting future. Of course, that won’t be in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers in town, but he should be on the roster in 2011.

28. DE Mike Neal: Last year’s second round pick proved he has talent with his early defensive showing. An injury cost him the rest of his season, but the future is bright for Neal as Cullen Jenkins probable replacement.

27. FB John Kuhn: Once an afterthought, Kuhn turned himself into a local hero with his inspired play out of the backfield. Chances are the free agent fullback will be back in Green Bay next season.

26. S Morgan Burnett: The rookie safety showed some flashes during his brief four game stint before getting injured. Burnett will need to battle Peprah for the starting spot, but he has to be the early favorite to take it back next year.

25. RB Brandon Jackson: While he failed as the lead back when Grant went down, Jackson is still underrated as a third down back. It’s doubtful that any team will see him as a 300-carry option and he should be back in Green Bay.

24. WR James Jones: He’s never been a star in the Packers offense, but Jones plays a part and usually plays it well. His big drops are a concern, but Green Bay should be interested in re-signing the talented receiver.

23. G Daryn Colledge: Of the Packers five starting offensive linemen in 2010, Colledge was arguably the worst of the bunch. And while he’s been a reliable starter at left guard, it’s probable that he won’t be back next season.

22. LB Nick Barnett: Lost for the season for the second time in three years, injuries have become an issue for the former Pro Bowler. A.J. Hawk and Desmond Bishop have jumped Barnett on the depth chart as well, and he might have played his last game for the Packers.