Annual 89-to-1 Roster Countdown: 70 to 79

Part 2 of our annual series leads off with Colt Lyerla, the incredibly athletic undrafted rookie tight end, and includes two more tight ends, two offensive linemen and two defensive backs.

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.

RankPlayerPos.HtWtAgeYrSchool
70Colt LyerlaTE6-424721ROregon
71LaDarius Perkins RB 5-7 195 23RMississippi State   
72John Fullington T 6-5 300 23RWashington State 
73Aaron Adams T 6-5 303 251Eastern Kentucky 
74Tanner Miller S 6-1 211 22RIowa 
75 Jake Stoneburner TE 6-3 249 242Ohio State 
76 Mike Pennel DT 6-4 332 23RColorado State-Pueblo 
77Charles Clay S 5-10 204 23RHawai'i 
78 Justin Perillo TE6-3 250 23RMaine 
79Jeremy VujnovichT6-5 300 23RLouisiana College 

This part of the list is a testament to the depth on the roster. It wouldn’t be a shocking upset if any of those players made the Final 53.

Lyerla: Lyerla might not be the best undrafted rookie to set foot in Green Bay but he’s certainly the most-talked-about UDFA, with his series of off-the-field issues and ultimate departure from Oregon. He’s incredibly athletic — his 4.61 in the 40-yard dash would have ranked third among the drafted tight ends and his 39-inch vertical jump would have been first — but wasn’t all that productive. He caught 34 passes in 28 career games, though 11 of those went for touchdowns. Lyerla had a relatively quiet series of offseason practices, but it’s hard to make too much of an analysis during a period that’s mostly dedicated to learning. He could just as easily play 20 or 30 snaps per game as a rookie as be just another name on the waiver wire in late August.

Perkins: There isn’t room for two players of Perkins’ physical dimensions on the roster, so he’ll have to have a big camp to beat out DuJuan Harris. Don’t count him out, though. He finished his career at Mississippi State ranked second in school history with 4,253 all-purpose yards, including 2,554 rushing yards (4.8 average) and an impressive 68 receptions for 714 yards (10.5 average). He also shared the kickoff-returning duties during his first three seasons.

Fullington: Fullington was considered a late-round draft prospect after starting for three-and-a-half seasons at Washington State. He started games at right guard and right tackle as a senior and left guard and left tackle as a junior. He had a predraft visit with the Packers, who, like most teams, covet that kind of versatility. The NFL’s lead scout, Dave-Te’ Thomas, compared Fullington’s lateral movement skills to those of All-Pro Logan Mankins.

Adams: He’s not going to break onto the roster this year but with Bryan Bulaga entering his final season under contract, the Packers might want to keep Adams stashed on the practice squad. He was first-team all-conference at Eastern Kentucky in 2011 and 2012, then spent training camp last summer with Cleveland before joining the Packers’ practice squad after the final cutdown.

Miller: Miller started the final three seasons at Iowa. He had three-interception seasons as a sophomore and senior, including a 99-yard pick-six in 2011. He was honorable mention all-Big Ten as a senior. At pro day, he ran in 4.59 with a 35.5-inch vertical. Top pick HaHa Clinton-Dix ran in 4.58 with a 33-inch vertical.

Stoneburner: An undrafted rookie last year, Stoneburner opened the season on the practice squad before a midseason promotion. He played in nine games and recorded one tackle on special teams and no catches on offense. At Ohio State, he caught 53 passes for 714 yards and 13 touchdowns for his career, including 37 passes for 445 yards and nine scores as a senior.

Pennel: Pennel, an undrafted rookie, spent 2013 as a 363-pound defensive tackle. He had a big year with three forced fumbles, three sacks and six tackles for losses. He played for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College in 2010 and 2011, earning All-American accolades in 2011, then transferred to Arizona State. He played in only five games there before getting bounced from the program for off-the-field issues. He was down to 332 pounds for the Scouting Combine; that’s where the Packers are listing him at, as well. He’s an intriguing long-range prospect if he can show some maturity.

Clay: Clay was signed from the crop of rookie tryouts and has a chance to stick on special teams. As a senior at Hawaii, he started six games at safety, finishing with 69 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses, four passes defensed and one forced fumble. He was named the Warriors' special teams player of the year. (No special teams statistics were available from the athletic communications staff.) Clay began his collegiate career as a wide receiver at SMU. He also played receiver for Hawaii in 2011, with two receptions on offense and 15 tackles and three forced fumbles on special teams. He ran in 4.42 with a 37.5-inch vertical at pro day.

Perillo: The undrafted rookie from Maine has a shot to emerge at a wide-open position group. He was a third-team All-American after a senior season in which he caught 39 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. For his career, he caught 128 passes for 1,318 yards and 15 scores. In 2009, he was selected Delaware’s basketball player of the year.

Vujnovich: Vujnovich was a two-time all-conference lineman at Division III Louisiana College. He went undrafted in 2013 and participated in the Packers’ rookie camp. His college coach, Dennis Dunn, told The Advertiser that Vujnovich declined a contract offer at that point to work for one of Halliburton’s plants in Louisiana. He signed with Green Bay at the end of the 2013 season. That the Packers gave him a second chance says something about his potential.


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