The Countdown: Roster Rankings

In Part 7 of our second-annual roster countdown, we list T.J. Lang, C.J. Wilson, Matt Flynn and two tight ends as we continue with Nos. 41-45.

With training camp 12 days away, we're starting to close in on the start of football season. The Packers have 82 players on their roster, not including the suspended Johnny Jolly. The limit is 80, but the three 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: 41

T.J. Lang: Offseason wrist surgery took away practically any chance for Lang to unseat veteran starter Mark Tauscher. That's OK. Last year at this time, the Packers had two gigantic question marks at right tackle with Allen Barbre and Breno Giacomini. Now, they've got Tauscher, who almost single-handedly changed the dynamic on offense last year, and Lang, who at least wasn't steamrolled when lining up at left tackle last year against Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware. What a dramatic turn of events. Lang played everywhere but center last year as a rookie fourth-round pick. This year, he'll play mostly right tackle while being the main backup to right guard Josh Sitton.

In case you missed ...

Part 7 (41 through 45)

Part 6 (46 through 50)

Part 5 (51 through 55)

Part 4 (56 through 60)

Part 3 (61 through 65)

Part 2 (66 through 71)

Part 1 (long shots) .

Packer Report Ranking: 42

Andrew Quarless: Quarless, the first of the Packers' fifth-round draft picks, faces a tough training camp battle as he squares off against veterans Donald Lee and Spencer Havner for the two backup spots behind Jermichael Finley. The Packers know what they have in Lee, both on the field and in the locker room, and Havner. Quarless isn't nearly as smooth as Finley but has the potential to be a solid receiver-blocker combo. That would be a welcome combination for an offense that prides itself on being able to move the ball through the air and on the ground and likes to use Finley flexed out as a receiver. Quarless will need to play special teams.

Packer Report Ranking: 43

Matt Flynn: It's hard to rank a quarterback who's taken only a handful of meaningful snaps in his professional career and hopefully won't take any in 2010. Nor is he even working as a holder on kicks, since the coaches prefer to use one of the punters. Flynn guided LSU to a national championship and has grown, both physically and mentally, in Green Bay. Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements unequivocally said Flynn has the goods to be a starter. Just seems to have a feel for the game.

Packer Report Ranking: 44

C.J. Wilson: Wilson is one of the big beneficiaries in Jolly's indefinite suspension, since he would have been battling Jarius Wynn and Justin Harrell for one or two spots. Working in Wilson's favor is the Packers desperately need to upgrade their interior pass rush. Only Cullen Jenkins provided any rush from their linemen last season, and Wilson tallied 10.5 sacks as a junior at East Carolina and 27 in his four-year career.

Packer Report Ranking: 45

— Spencer Havner: Moving Havner from linebacker to tight end was nothing less than inspired. With no future at linebacker, the Packers hoped Havner could fit in as the third tight end while being a core player on special teams. Havner did much more than that. Including the playoffs, he turned five of his nine catches into touchdowns. Four of those scores came against playoff teams. Not surprisingly, he became a better blocker as the season progressed. Plus, he ranked third on the team with 20 tackles on special teams.

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