Green Bay Packers: 4 Most Overrated Players Currently on the Roster
The Green Bay Packers' roster, like every other roster in the league, is filled with players who are overrated, underrated and perfectly rated. With so many stars on the Packers roster and the success that the team has had, fans' expectations are extremely high in Titletown.
Some players on the team exceed expectations on the way to helping the Packers break countless regular-season records. Others failed to do so and assisted in the Packers' early playoff exit against the New York Giants in the playoffs.
The players featured made this list because they failed to live up to the expectations placed on them coming into the 2011 season.
From a huge Pro Bowl snub in 2010 to a completely undeserving selection in 2011, B.J. Raji failed to live up to the huge expectations put on him in 2011 after he jumped onto the national scene with his NFC championship Game interception, returned for a touchdown.
Raji was expected to destroy opposing centers and draw double and triple teams to contain his massive size, opening up rushing lanes for the rest of the Packers' front seven. He struggled to win his one-on-one matchups and get to the quarterback.
The Packers need Raji to return to his 2010 self next season to have success and get back to the Super Bowl.
With the return of a renewed Raji, the Packers would have a much easier time filling their holes at the outside linebacker and defensive line positions.
Many fans thought Vic So'oto would be the 2011 version of James Starks and save the Packers season by suddenly providing them with an improvement in a much-needed area.
It never happened and most likely never will in the form of Vic So'oto.
A long shot to make the team in training camp, So'oto earned a spot on the team with a solid preseason performance against the Arizona Cardinals.
So'oto was hurt early on and then a healthy scratch in many more games. Seeing the field in limited action, So'oto came up with seven tackles.
While the folklore of Vic So'oto is fun and exciting, it's nothing more than that, and So'oto is nothing more than a special teams player.
Another player with big expectations, Mike Neal was so highly touted by the Packers this offseason that they allowed Cullen Jenkins to walk in free agency.
Neal failed to live up to the hype as he struggled to stay healthy early on and seemed invisible when he was on the field.
Much like B.J. Raji, the Packers heavily needed help in the pass-rush department, and Neal failed to deliver.
Neal needs to get healthy in order to come back next season and have a chance to make an impact. Otherwise, he could be looking at becoming the next Justin Harrell.
Coming into this season, Jermichael Finley had high hopes to become the league's best tight end. He was overshadowed by two young tight ends in Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham throughout the season.
The inclusion of Finley on this list is not to say he had a terrible year (he actually had quite a good year), but rather that he failed to be the player he and everybody else hoped he would.
Finley had his best year as a pro, catching 55 passes for 767 receiving yards and eight touchdowns—both career-highs. One of the biggest disappointments in Finley's year was the number of dropped passes that bounced right off or through the hands of Finley.
With all the talent and athleticism in the world, Finley has every chance to become one of, if not, the best tight end in the league. It would sure help if Finley was catching passes from Aaron Rodgers next season as well.