The Countdown: Roster Rankings

In Part 3 of our second-annual player rankings, from No. 61 to No. 65, we focus on a first-round bust, two offensive linemen and two running backs.

With training camp 18 days away, we're in the throes of the dogs days of summer. The Packers have 83 players on their roster. The limit is 80, but the four unsigned draft picks don't count until they're officially under contract, and restricted free agent safety Atari Bigby doesn't count until he signs his tender.

Like we did last year, we're ranking 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 and potential.

Packer Report Ranking: 61

Justin Harrell: In three seasons, the first-round bust has played in 13 of a possible 48 regular-season games. He hasn't started since the NFC playoff game against Seattle on Jan. 12, 2008. He didn't play at all last season. So, let's say that Harrell's bad back is miraculously feeling good and he's in fine form after playing in four preseason games. Then what? Do the Packers dare risk a roster spot — and, as a byproduct, lose a player they might like — for someone whose back could act up in Week 2 or Week 4 or Week 6? The one thing in Harrell's favor is his contract. His base salary is merely $650,000, according to salary data provided by a league source.

Packer Report Ranking: 62

Evan Dietrich-Smith: With Scott Wells entrenched at center, Josh Sitton locked in at right guard and — presumably — a solid player emerging from Jason Spitz vs. Daryn Colledge at left guard, Dietrich-Smith has little chance of holding a key role on the offensive line. However, Dietrich-Smith, an undrafted free agent last year, is seen as the possible center of the future.

Packer Report Ranking: 63

Breno Giacomini: For a coaching staff that values versatility from its reserve offensive linemen, Giacomini enters his third season as only a right tackle. With Mark Tauscher back in the lineup, Giacomini's best-case scenario is that he beats out T.J. Lang to be the backup so he can maintain a roster spot. In two seasons, Giacomini hasn't participated in a snap from scrimmage and has played in only one game (a kneel-down as a rookie).

Packer Report Ranking: 64

Quinn Porter: Porter, the former cheerleading stuntman, rushed for 2,788 yards (5.5-yard average), caught 68 passes (13.0 yards per catch) and scored 36 combined touchdowns at Division II Stillman. More importantly for his chances of making the roster as a rookie, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior. Unless they keep four running backs, he'll have to beat out sixth-round pick James Starks.

Packer Report Ranking: 65

Kregg Lumpkin: An undrafted rookie in 2008 from Georgia Tech, Lumpkin was a training camp and preseason sensation who performed well in an early-season game against Detroit. A hamstring injury ended his 2008 after three games — the latest injury for the former prep phenom who was beset by injuries in college. The Lumpkin of 2009 wasn't nearly as productive as the Lumpkin of 2008 and spent the year on the practice squad. If Lumpkin recaptures that spring in his step and can contribute on the special-teams coverage and blocking units, the powerful 228-pounder has a chance to beat out Starks.


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