It's the dog days of summer, but the start of training camp is only 22 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 are signed.
With that said, we continue 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 68th
— Evan Dietrich-Smith, G: Dietrich-Smith (6-foot-2, 305 pounds) was signed as an undrafted free agent after starting 44 games at Idaho State. He was a four-time honorable mention on the all-Big Sky team, including at left tackle his final two seasons. He might have gained more attention had the Bengals won more than a combined four games during those two seasons. He also started at left guard and right guard for the Bengals, and has seen snaps at right guard and center in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers lauded Dietrich-Smith's "demeanor." He was the second-team right guard when rookie fourth-round pick T.J. Lang swung from right guard to right tackle. He received a $3,000 signing bonus.
— Carson Butler, TE: Butler (6-4, 255) was signed as an undrafted free agent after a strange career at Michigan. He appeared in 29 games over two-and-a-half seasons at tight end, including 20 catches for 246 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore and 19 catches for 166 yards and one touchdown as a freshman. But with new coach Rich Rodriguez moving the Wolverines to a spread offense, Butler had no role and was moved to defense midway through last season. He played three games at defensive end, then turned pro with a year of eligibility remaining. He has an intriguing competition of size and athletic ability to challenge No. 3 tight end Tory Humphrey. Butler was sidelined for the minicamp with a sprained knee, but when healthy, he was splitting reps with Humphrey and the other tight end hopefuls with the third unit. He received a $6,000 signing bonus, which was second-highest among the undrafteds.
— Evan Moore, TE: One of the guys Butler will be battling is Moore (6-foot-6, 247). Moore joined the Packers in May 2008 after spending three weeks with the Saints as an undrafted free agent. He injured a knee during the preseason game at San Francisco and spent the year on injured reserve. Moore was a wide receiver at Stanford, where he tallied 103 catches for 1,555 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons. With that background, Moore provides an intriguing target in the passing game as a tight end. But is he big enough and strong enough to block after gaining 10 pounds last year?
— Jake Allen, WR: Lost in the middle of the Justin Beaver hoopla last year was Allen (6-4, 196), a Division III star who actually got to stick around Green Bay. Allen, an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi College who caught 61 passes for 1,254 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, spent the year on the practice squad and came back this spring 6 pounds heaver and much more sure of what he was doing. The suspect hands that bedeviled him last summer were gone, but he has an uphill battle with the next two guys on this list being the best among four undrafted receivers added in May.
— Kole Heckendorf, WR: Heckendorf (6-2, 191) will be the feel-good story of training camp. The native of Mosinee, Wis., and a lifelong Packers fan is one of Wisconsin's all-time high school stars. He caught a state-record and nation-leading 116 passes as a junior and added 63 receptions for 1,257 yards and a state-record 19 touchdowns as a senior. He holds Wisconsin career records with 235 receptions, 3,831 yards and 36 touchdowns. That was good enough to get him to North Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision school. He led the Bison in receiving all four seasons, posting 178 catches for 2,732 yards and 17 touchdowns. Even battling turf toe for most of last season, he had 41 catches, 744 yards, a 15.3-yard average and four touchdowns. Because of his intelligence, he's been learning all of the Packers' receiver positions. He was a standout of the offseason practices, showing good hands, as-advertised speed and a surprising feel for the professional game. He's at the head of the undrafted receiver class, and will join Allen and Brett Swain in the battle to unseat No. 5 receiver Ruvell Martin. He received a $4,000 signing bonus.
— Jamarko Simmons, WR: Simmons (6-2, 231) seemed like the favorite among the four undrafted receivers to win a roster spot, but Heckendorf's play and a back injury that sidelined Simmons for the last week of OTAs and the minicamp put him behind. His college production is undeniable. He broke several of Greg Jennings' Western Michigan records, including 104 receptions for 1,276 yards as a senior. Among his 260 career catches came big games against the likes of Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia and Florida State. He torched Illinois' Vontae Davis — a first-round pick by the Dolphins — early last season. He's unusually heavy for a receiver of his height, but he's not soft and the Packers' coaches are happy with where he's at. He's a big guy with strong hands and intriguing potential. He received a $2,000 signing bonus.
— Cyril Obiozor, OLB: Obiozor (6-4, 267), who was brought in for a pre-draft workout, was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Mike Sherman's Texas A&M. He started the final 28 games of his collegiate career at defensive end for the Aggies, and he posted 45 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and three sacks as a senior. He lined up as the No. 3 left outside linebacker behind Aaron Kampman and Brady Poppinga. With his size and ability to run, he's got a shot to make it as the final linebacker on the roster and special-teams performer. His signing bonus of $6,500 was the most among the undrafted rookies, which speaks to the Packers' fondness for his potential.
— Joe Porter, CB: Porter (5-10, 203) was an undrafted free agent in New Orleans in 2007 who was signed to the Packers' practice squad in November 2007. He spent the first 12 games of 2008 on the practice squad before being promoted. He played in one game, at Chicago in Week 16, and exited with a concussion. He lacks ideal size but, as a record-setting sprinter at Rutgers, he's one of the fastest players on the team. His route to the roster requires rookie sixth-round pick Brandon Underwood to struggle and combo defensive back Jarrett Bush to not make the team.
— Anthony Toribio, NT: Toribio (6-1, 304) failed to make the Dolphins' roster as an undrafted rookie out of Carson-Newman last summer and was signed to the Packers' practice squad in November. He didn't play during a two-game promotion to the active roster. He spent the offseason workouts as the No. 3 nose tackle behind starter Ryan Pickett and his backup, starting end B.J. Raji. He lacks the requisite size to play in a 3-4 defense, wasn't exactly a stud at a Division II school and the roster numbers are working against him.
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