Color is important in this listing as PFF ranks them accordingly … starting with blue (elite) to red ( poor starter), and purple (rookie).
And without looking, you can probably guess who finished as the three elite players on the Packers roster – a roster that PFF coincidentally ranks as eighth best in the league.
In all, there are 24 Packers who are rated – 12 on defense and 12 on offense.
One can argue about the pros and cons of every ranking – this one included. However, there are reasons for the rankings and they are explained clearly by PFF’s Sam Monson, the ranking’s author.
Here’s what he had to say:
“The team has almost as many projected blue-chip starters (three, 12.5 percent) as it does below average (four, 16.7 percent), but it is the average players who may dictate the ceiling for this team. Seven projected starters (29.2 percent) grade out as average at this time, and whether those players outperform or underperform that designation will likely determine how good this team becomes.”
Here is the complete list:
Light green (good starter)
Red (poor starter)
Gray (not enough information)
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
From a salary standpoint, the Packers are paying Peppers ($8.5 million this season), Williams ($7.5 million), Burnett ($3.25 million this season after $9.573 million last season) and Jones ($3 million) to perform better than their “yellow” designation. Likewise, the Packers surely consider Raji ($4 million) and Hawk ($3.5 million) to be better than “orange” players.
On the other hand, Lacy ($559,201) should be considered a steal as a “green” player just as Cobb ($812,648), Daniels ($570,000) and Hayward ($690,901) are relative bargains as “light green” players because they still are playing under their rookie contracts.
What do you think, Packers fans? Is the ranking accurate? What would you change?
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