No team in the NFL places a premium on home-grown talent quite like the Green Bay Packers, who have never shown a hint of interest in pursuing high-priced free agents in recent years.
Only four players on the current roster (Jared Cook, Letroy Guion, Lerentee McCray and Julius Peppers), in fact, have logged a significant amount of service time with other organizations.
It is because of this philosophy—and an excellent track record of drafting college prospects—that this storied franchise finds itself with a treasure trove of young athletes with the type of upside that can keep the boys from Packers News in Super Bowl contention for years to come.
A rundown of Green Bay’s young guns ages 25 and under reveals an intriguing group comprised of well-established veteran starters along with fledgling components that are on the precipice of earning more prominent roles.
It would be overly optimistic to expect each one of these players to reach—or even surpass—their respective projections, but injuries and other unforeseen developments have a way of presenting ancillary team members with opportunities to stake their claim and increase their value to the team.
The following includes a list of young veterans ranked according to their current standing on the team, as well as factoring in their varying levels of versatility, consistency and upside.
Those looking for Randall Cobb in this lineup may be disappointed, but the fact that the Kentucky product turns 26 before the start of the season was reason enough to exclude him in favor of teammates of a more recent vintage.
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