Annual 89-to-1 Roster Countdown: 80 to 89

Part 1 of our annual series includes a key defender on a team that played for the national championship. More than just a ranking of the 89 players on the roster, maybe you'll learn a little something.

For the sixth year, Packer Report takes a bottom-to-top look at the Green Bay Packers’ roster. This list doesn't necessarily rank the players from best to worst, but we take into account the players’ importance on the roster and other factors such as contracts and potential.

80 Ryan White CB5-10 197 22RAuburn 
81Garth Gerhart C 6-1 310 251Arizona State 
82Antonio Dennard CB 5-11189 241Langston 
83Shaun Lewis LB5-11 226 22ROklahoma State 
84 Carlos GrayDE6-2 313 21RNorth Carolina State
85 Luther Robinson DE6-3 301 23RMiami
86 Jordan McCray G6-3 322 22RCentral Florida 
87 Andrew Tiller G6-4 324 252Syracuse 
88 Chase Rettig QB6-2 215 22RBoston College 
89Gillett, Alex WR6-1214231Eastern Michigan 

White: White, an undrafted rookie, played cornerback, safety and the dime position during his senior season at Auburn, finishing the year with 53 tackles, one interception (of Johnny Manziel) and six passes defensed. He lined up at cornerback for the Packers. He’s an excellent athlete, having gotten a shot at quarterback as a freshman. He ran in 4.51 with a 34-inch vertical at pro day.

Gerhart: An undrafted free agent in 2012, Gerhart spent most of his rookie season with Cleveland. He joined Green Bay’s practice squad for the 2012 postseason and spent all of 2013 on the Packers’ practice squad, as well. He spent the offseason as the No. 2 center but isn’t expected to hold off rookie fifth-rounder Corey Linsley. At Arizona State, he started 35 games at the interior positions. Gerhart is the brother of running back Toby Gerhart, who plays for Jacksonville.

Dennard: Dennard went undrafted out of Langston, an NAIA school in Oklahoma, in 2012. He had a predraft visit with the Packers that year but signed with Jacksonville. He was signed to Green Bay’s practice squad in December, and spent at least part of the offseason trying to catch the ball with a club cast on his right hand. His father, Johnnie Thomas, played in the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League.

Lewis: Lewis, an undrafted rookie after four outstanding seasons at Oklahoma State, didn’t sign with Green Bay after trying out at the rookie camp but did join the team on June 10. He started the final 45 games of his career and earned all-Big 12 accolades all four seasons. There’s an obvious hole at inside linebacker but his lack of size (5-11, 226) and speed (4.90 at pro day) might stand in his way.

Gray: A backup defensive tackle for NC State as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, Gray was one of the strange names on the list of 102 underclassmen who entered this year’s draft. He went undrafted after a season of 23 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Robinson: Robinson played only three seasons at Miami, sitting out 2011 with what the school called a “lower extremity injury.” He did not apply for a medical redshirt so his career ended in 2013. He played in 13 games, making one of his three career starts, and tallied 24 tackles. He was signed after trying out at the rookie camp.

McCray: McCray, an undrafted rookie, was a two-year starter at UCF. He played left guard as a senior, when he was a first-team all-All-American Conference choice, and played both guard spots as a junior, when he was an honorable mention on the all-Conference USA squad. His twin brother, Justin, was UCF’s other starting guard and also a first-team all-conference choice. He signed with Tennessee.

Tiller: Tiller was a sixth-round pick by New Orleans in 2012. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve and was with San Diego’s practice squad for part of 2013 before signing with Green Bay’s practice squad in November. When he arrived at Syracuse, Tiller weighed a whopping 408 pounds due to inactivity stemming from ankle surgery. He blossomed into a two-year starter and was first-team all-Big East guard as a senior.

Rettig: Rettig, an undrafted free agent, started the final 45 games of his career. He’s one of four quarterbacks in Boston College history to top 8,000 passing yards. He also ranks fourth with 52 touchdown passes, including a career-high four against eventual national champion Florida State in 2013. He threw for 3,070 yards as a junior but fell to 1,995 yards as a senior as Boston College featured the nation’s top runner, Andre Williams.

Gillett: Gillett was an undrafted rookie last season who failed to make the team out of training camp but was signed to the practice squad in November. At Eastern Michigan, Gillett threw for 4,448 yards and 35 touchdowns and rushed for 2,433 yards and 14 more scores while starting 30 games at quarterback. However, he was benched as a senior after the team started 0-3 and was moved to wide receiver. All 14 of his receptions came in the final four games of the season. As is the case for most of the players on this list, he’s stuck behind a wealth of talent on the depth chart.

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