It’s the dog days of summer, but the start of training camp is only 23 days away. At this point, the Packers have 83 players on their roster. The limit is 80, but the draft picks don’t count until they’re signed. With the Packers officially at 80 players, the team will have to make a corresponding roster move when fullback Quinn Johnson
, linebacker Clay Matthews
III and defensive lineman B.J. Raji
With that said, today we begin to rank the players from No. 1 to No. 83. This list doesn’t necessarily list the players from best to worst, but we take into account the players’ importance on the roster and other factors such as contracts (Justin Harrell) and potential (Jamon Meredith).
Packer Report Ranking: Tied for 77th
— Andrew Hartline, G: Hartline (6-foot-5, 297 pounds), an undrafted free agent, started all 52 games at Mid-American Conference powerhouse Central Michigan, tying him for the second-longest streak in Bowl Championship Subdivision history. He was first-team all-MAC at left tackle last season and a second-team choice as a junior. He started at right tackle as a freshman and sophomore. He played in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game in January. During offseason practices, he became the Packers’ second-string left guard after the team released Nevin McCaskill.
— Dane Randolph, T: Randolph (6-5, 300) was signed after a successful tryout at the Packers’ rookie camp. He’s a definite project with the requisite size and strength and surprising athleticism, but he only started seven games as a senior after opening all 13 games as a junior. Inconsistency was an issue, his college coaches have said. He spent the offseason as the third-team right tackle, and would fall to fourth for training camp with the return of Breno Giacomini.
— Devin Frischknecht, TE: Frischknect (6-3, 258) started eight games in two seasons at Washington State after playing for two seasons at a junior college. Finished with 35 catches for 412 yards and four touchdowns for the Cougars. He was signed by the Packers in mid-June and rotated with the third team with holdovers Tory Humphrey and Evan Moore.
— JaRon Harris, WR: Harris (6-0, 193), a nephew of all-world receiver Jerry Rice and the son of a former Vikings draft choice, was a three-year starter at South Dakota State and signed as an undrafted free agent. As a senior, he tallied 70 catches for 966 yards and 11 touchdowns to win first-team all-Missouri Valley Conference honors. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a freshman but hasn’t been given that chance with the Packers. He’s got some talent but is simply stuck at the Packers’ deepest position.
— Patrick Williams, WR: Williams (6-1, 204) was one of four receivers signed as undrafted free agents. He started eight games as a senior and 20 during his four years at Colorado. Posted career highs with 30 catches, 322 yards and two touchdowns last year. His inconsistent hands during offseason practices and depth at the position make him a possibility to be cut before training camp.
— Dean Muhtadi, NT: Muhtadi (6-3, 295) was signed after a successful tryout at the Packers’ rookie camp. He started his career at Division III Christopher Newport before spending two seasons at Maryland. He started three games with 2.5 sacks as a senior. Very strong and intelligent. He was the third-string nose tackle behind starter Ryan Pickett and holdover Anthony Toribio during the offseason. With Pickett and B.J. Raji the likely nose tackles once the regular season begins, Muhtadi is a long shot.
— Trevor Ford, CB: Ford (6-0, 188) also was signed after the rookie camp. He began his career at Florida State before spending his final two seasons at Troy. He started 13 games and broke up six passes as a senior. The Packers already have a bunch of young corners, making Ford a possibility to be released before training camp.
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