2. Kendall Donnerson
Outside linebacker appears to be the Packers’ biggest positional weakness heading into this season. The perceived lack of depth has led to much hubbub, of course, about Khalil Mack.
Kyler Fackrell and Vince Biegel, both selected in the top half of the draft, have hardly made any noise in camp at all. They’ll still make the team, in all likelihood. But behind Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Reggie Gilbert, there’s opportunity for a sixth edge rusher to make the team and potentially contribute, both this year and down the road.
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From Erik Walden to Frank Zombo to Jayrone Elliott to Gilbert, the Packers have a track record of successful undrafted edge rushers. Kendall Donnerson should not be overlooked due to his seventh-round status.
Donnerson is an athletic wonder, weighing nearly 250 pounds and boasting an absurd relative athletic score. He put up good numbers at Southeast Missouri State, but nothing amazing given the level of competition.
Donnerson exceeded expectations in Week 1 of the preseason against the Titans. He forced a fumble and looked solid both against the run and as a pass-rusher.
Of course, after spending his college days at a Division II school, Donnerson is extremely raw. He has a long ways to go in learning the game and developing pass-rushing moves. That seems to make him an ideal fit for the practice squad.
But Donnerson can make an impact on special teams right away with his athleticism, and he already has more upside than a player such as Fackrell. If he builds upon his progress from Week 1 to impress once again against the Steelers, he’ll start building a strong case for why he deserves to be on the active roster.