On the Bubble – LaDarius Gunter (6-2, 201), Demetri Goodson (5-11, 197), Herb Waters (6-0, 188), Lenzy Pipkins (6-0, 196), Josh Hawkins (5-10, 189)
With the Packers likely to keep just five or six cornerbacks on their final roster, the competition for the last remaining spots should be crowded.
At first glance, Gunter would seem to have the best odds for a roster spot among this group, but while his efforts last year were admirable, his lack of speed and athleticism were severely exposed on the field.
Having said this, he’s still a tough competitor that recorded 12 pass defensed last season. He’s a physical press player and provides depth at the position.
Goodson enters his fourth season on the PUP list, and at 28 years old, his time is running out to make an impression to coaches. After missing a lot of 2015 with a hamstring injury, Goodson’s 2016 season ended with a knee injury he’s still struggling to recover from.
After being undrafted rookies last year, both Waters and Hawkins are back again in camp looking to step up their games in year two. Waters converted to defensive back after playing wide receiver in Miami, and showed a lot of growth on the practice squad. He’s garnered a lot of praise from coaches and he could be one of the surprises on the final roster.
Hawkins also had a strong camp last year and even made the 53-man roster. However, he rarely saw the field and was only activated in five games, primarily playing on special teams.
Pipkins could push both Waters and Hawkins for a roster spot. As an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State, he comes to camp with three seasons of experience as a starter. He also has good speed (4.46) and is a solid tackler.
His ball skills could use improvement, but his ability to be physical and make plays near the line of scrimmage could get him some snaps as a nickel or dime defensive back.