Annual 89-to-1 Roster Countdown: 45-49

Among the players highlighted in Part 6 of our annual analysis is a former early draft pick who will be on the roster bubble.

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
45 Abbrederis, JaredWR6-1 195 23RWisconsin
46 Sherrod, Derek T6-6 321 254Mississippi State
47 Worthy, JerelDE6-2 304 243Michigan State
48 Bush, JarrettCB6-0 200 309Utah State
49 Mulumba, AndyOLB6-3 260 242Eastern Michigan

Abbrederis: The former Wisconsin standout probably enters training camp as the favorite to be the fifth receiver. He’s not fast (4.50 in the 40-yard dash), he’s not explosive (30.5-inch vertical leap) and he’s not strong (just four reps on the 225-pound bench press). Of the 33 receivers who were drafted, Abbrederis checked in 22nd in the 40, 32nd in the vertical and 33rd on the bench. However, he left Wisconsin tied for the school record with 202 receptions and second with 3,140 receiving yards. He also boasts career averages of 25.8 yards on kickoff returns and 10.7 yards on punt returns, which gives him a sizable edge over the other challengers. “I played with Jared and know what we’re getting — the type of kid he is, the type of worker he is, the type of teammate he is,” quarterback Scott Tolzien said. “I’m lucky enough to have played with Jared and know what you’re going to get, day in and day out. I think guys are already realizing what a special player he is.” He might make a nice living as a third-down, move-the-chains slot receiver.

Sherrod: Through no fault of his own, Sherrod is on his way to becoming one of the bigger busts in recent Packers draft history. The team’s first-round pick in 2011, Sherrod has played offense in six career games encompassing 121 snaps. Five games and 115 of the snaps came as a rookie before he sustained a broken leg at Kansas City. He missed the rest of that season, all of 2012 and most of 2013 due to complications from the injury. Because of the lockout in 2011 and the injury, he finally went through the offseason program for the first time. “Derek Sherrod looks really good,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “I’d just say this, this is as strong as I’ve ever seen him. The time going through the injury, he’s definitely done a great job in the strength and conditioning part of it. Really it’s the padded work that he needs. He looks more natural, he feels more comfortable on the left side, so he’ll continue to compete over there for reps and opportunities.” Sherrod spent the offseason as the No. 2 left tackle. With David Bakhtiari having locked down that position for the foreseeable future, what exactly is Sherrod’s future in Green Bay other than bleak?

Worthy: Worthy is heading toward bust status, as well. As a rookie second-round pick in 2012, Worthy was one of the regular defensive tackles in pass-rushing situations. Of the eight defensive linemen that year, Worthy had the second-most snaps as a pass rusher but finished with only 2.5 sacks and five quarterback hits. Big Ryan Pickett had as many quarterback hits as Worthy, by the coaches’ count, and Worthy ranked 27th out of 31 3-4 defensive ends in ProFootballFocus.com’s pass-rushing productivity stat. He tore his ACL in the season finale and missed most of 2013. Worthy returned for the Week 12 game against Minnesota but performed badly against the run, then played just two snaps apiece in Week 17 and the playoffs. So, what is Worthy’s future? B.J. Raji, Mike Daniels, Datone Jones and Khyri Thornton are locks to make the roster, and Worthy also will enter camp behind Josh Boyd and Letroy Guion. With Daniels, Jones, Julius Peppers, Mike Neal and Nick Perry as possibilities as interior rushers and his problems against the run, Worthy very well might not make the team. That he didn’t practice this offseason certainly didn’t help his chances.

Bush: Bush is coming off his best season in the NFL, even while missing four of the first six games with an injured hamstring. Green Bay probably wouldn’t have made the playoffs had he not had the game of his life against Atlanta, with a fourth-down pass breakup on a pass to Tony Gonzalez and then the clinching interception. According to ProFootballFocus.com, he allowed a lowly 53.5 passer rating last year with a long reception of just 15 yards. Then again, with the game on the line against San Francisco in the playoffs, he blew containment on a blitz and let Colin Kaepernick run the Niners into position for the winning field goal. He’s a leader and Mr. Energy; no player on the team goes harder at practice than Bush. His seven tackles on special teams gave him 99 for his career. Bush, who turned 30 in May, is entering his final season under contract.

Mulumba: It will be interesting to see what kind of jump Mulumba makes between Year 1 and Year 2. Mulumba, who was born in Congo and grew up in Montreal, was a hand-on-the-ground defensive end with just 4.5 career sacks at Eastern Michigan. He was the second overall pick of the CFL Draft but took Green Bay’s offer, which included a $5,000 signing bonus, as an undrafted free agent. From the first day the pads came on at training camp last summer, Mulumba showed his physicality, which is why he was ahead of sixth-round pick Nate Palmer on the depth chart. He showed plenty of heart by limping through the playoff game on a bum knee. He finished the season with 34 tackles, one sack and two quarterback hits in 14 games (three starts). Among the outside linebackers, only Nick Perry (8.90) beat Mulumba’s 8.94 snaps per tackle. He’ll have to beat out undrafted rookies Jay Elliott and Adrian Hubbard.


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