From 1 to 89: Starting at 80

For the fifth consecutive year, we rate every member of the Packers' roster in order of importance. We lead off at the bottom of the roster with Kevin Greene's latest projects, a dynamic duo, a player with a familiar last name and some impressive speed.

As we've done in past years, we're counting down the Green Bay Packers' roster, from No. 89 to No. 1.

These rankings are not simply based on skill. Players were ranked on their importance to the team. Skill, a player's position, the depth of his position group, the odds he contributes, salary and draft history all play a part in how a player is ranked. More than the ranking itself, hopefully you will learn a little something about each of the 89 players in the process.

No. 80 (tie): Greene's projects

Kevin Greene's tenure as outside linebackers coach speaks for itself. In 2009, seventh-round pick Brad Jones replaced veteran Aaron Kampman and picked up four sacks. In 2010, undrafted rookie Frank Zombo and midseason addition Erik Walden combined for seven sacks and helped the Packers win the Super Bowl. In 2011, Walden, Zombo and undrafted rookie Vic So'oto combined for five sacks. In 2012, undrafted rookie Dezman Moses had four sacks.

So, even with first-round picks Clay Matthews and Nick Perry and Moses returning, a sixth-round pick used on Nate Palmer and Mike Neal splitting time between linebacker and defensive end, don't rule Andy Mulumba, Jarvis Reed or Donte Savage making a run at a roster spot.

None of the three posted big numbers at second-tier schools. Mulumba had one sack and seven tackles for losses as a senior at Eastern Michigan, Savage had three sacks and seven tackles for losses as a senior at New Mexico State and Reed had one-half sack and eight tackles for losses as a senior at Prairie View A&M.

The potential, however, is there. That's particularly true with Mulumba (6-3, 260), who played some linebacker at Eastern Michigan. He ran a 4.80, had a 36-inch vertical and did 23 reps on the bench at his pro day. Reed ran a 4.64 at his pro day with 24 reps and a 35-inch vertical. Savage ran 4.80 with 24 reps and a 32.5-inch vertical.

"I think they're all fine kids," Greene said. "They listen. You can see they're implementing the fundamentals and techniques that I'm teaching them. They're fine young men and I'm looking forward to them strapping it up and playing."

Mulumba, a native of Montreal who was the No. 2 overall pick of the CFL Draft, received a $5,000 signing bonus. Reed and Savage did not receive any bonus money after earning contracts as tryout players at the rookie camp.

No. 83: Chaz in charge

There's no clear pecking order at safety, giving Chaz Powell a chance.

At Penn State, Powell played safety during his redshirt season of 2007 and receiver as a freshman and sophomore. He was moved to cornerback during spring practice before his junior season but wound up going back to receiver before going back to corner late in the season. Staying at corner for his senior season, he was honorable mention all-Big Ten.

The Packers are searching for a returner, and Powell could be in the mix. As a senior, he averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return with one touchdown, and he's the school career leader in kickoff return yards.

Powell went undrafted in 2012 and spent camp with Oakland. He was signed to the Packers' practice squad in December. Of his many tattoos, one reads, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

Said safeties coach Darren Perry: "He's really athletic but light on snaps, light on playing the safety position and hasn't played a whole lot of football. With that being said, he's young and inexperienced but talented enough to play in this league. Whether he can translate from the classroom to the field is yet to be determined, but ability-wise, it's there. It's how he produces when he gets the opportunities."

No. 84: Return threat

Sederrik Cunningham went undrafted and unsigned in 2012. About a week-and-a-half before the 2013 draft, the Packers gave Cunningham his belated shot at the NFL. In four seasons at Furman, he caught 95 passes for 1,196 yards (12.6-yard average) and seven touchdowns, including 17 catches for 340 yards (20.0 average) as a senior. Maybe more importantly, he's got speed (4.45 in the 40) and averaged 23.5 yards with a touchdown on kickoff returns.

He is the youngest of eight children and went to the same high school (Zephyrhills, Fla.) as Ryan Pickett.

No. 85 and No. 86: Illinois State connection

Matt Brown and Tyrone Walker formed one of the top passing duos in college football during their careers.

Walker is the school's career leader with 250 receptions, 3,565 receiving yards and 32 touchdowns, along with 16 100-yard games. He was all-conference in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Of his 90 catches for 1,319 yards as a senior, he had 10 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff victory over Appalachian State and nine catches for 148 yards and a touchdown in a playoff loss against Eastern Washington.

"I think you've seen some good plays from Myles (White) and Tyrone," Aaron Rodgers said. "I think he each has stepped up given their opportunities."

Brown started the final 45 games of his career, helping Illinois State post four consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1947 through 1950. He is the school's career leader in pass attempts (1,455), completions (927), passing yards (10,591), passing touchdowns (78), completion percentage (63.7), passing yards per game (230.2), total offense yards (10,952) and touchdowns responsible for (87).

Brown got a $5,000 signing bonus; Walker was signed after trying out at the rookie camp.

No. 87: Numbers game

Garth Gerhart is the younger brother of Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, helping Toby become California's all-time rushing leader while at Norco High School.

Garth started 35 games at Arizona State, including 27 games at center, and participated in the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine. He went undrafted in 2012 and spent most of the year on Cleveland's practice squad before joining the Packers' practice squad on Jan. 8. He'll enter training camp behind Evan Dietrich-Smith, Greg Van Roten and even Don Barclay at center, and the Packers made a sizable investment in undrafted rookie Patrick Lewis.

No. 88 and No. 89: Late additions

Safety David Fulton and receiver Terrell Sinkfield were late additions to the offseason roster.

Fulton was a standout at Division II Chowan. Playing cornerback, he intercepted four passes and broke up nine others. His college coach said he allowed three completions all season. He flew under the radar before the draft as he could not get an invite to a pro day.

Northern Iowa's Sinkfield did anything but fly under the radar before the draft by clocking reported 4.19 at Minnesota's pro day. Whether he actually ran that fast is debatable, but Sinkfield got some much-needed publicity after a nondescript career. As a senior, he caught 43 passes for 499 yards and four touchdowns, with a long gain of 32 yards. For his career, he caught 76 passes for 1,097 yards and 10 touchdowns, posting an average of 14.4 yards per reception.

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