Early Projections for Packers' Final 53-Man Roster

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Early Projections for Packers' Final 53-Man Roster
Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

I know. Trying to predict a final roster before Organized Team Activities (OTAs), mini-camps and training camp is usually fruitless. Count me as one of the observers who enjoys training camp and the preseason.

I like to see players who were not even drafted make the team. It seems to happen every year under coach Mike McCarthy and his staff.

Examples include cornerback Sam Shields and punter Tim Masthay in 2010, safety M.D. Jennings in 2011 and offensive lineman Don Barclay, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin and outside linebacker Dezman Moses last year.

Another thing that usually occurs under coach McCarthy and his coaching staff is the growth players in their second and third year start to have on the football field. Those players are stronger, more assignment-sure and used to the daily regimen of life in the NFL.

All that being said, I'm going to try to project the Packers' final 53-man roster this summer as the team breaks training camp and heads into the 2013 regular season.

There will be a number of very difficult cuts, but that is because Ted Thompson has put together a very deep roster, especially in certain position-areas.

I'll give an explanation for each position.

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