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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Breaking down the roster rankings

By Rob Demovsky

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- On Monday, we concluded our ranking of the entire Green Bay Packers’ roster as it stood at the end of the season.

The rankings were based on 2013 individual performance.

Now, let’s look at some bigger picture trends based on those rankings, subjective as they were.

Average rank for offensive players: 31

Average rank for defensive players: 35.3

Average rank for specialists (kicker, punter, long snapper): 18.7

Average rank for 2013 draft class: 36

Offensive players in the top 20: 13 Defensive players in the top 20: 5 Specialists in the top 20: 2 Rookies in the top 20: 2 Second-year players in the top 20: 2 Upcoming free agents in the top 20: 6 Notes: The offensive and defensive averages reflect where the Packers finished in the rankings on each side of the ball. They ranked third in total yards per game, third in passing yards, seventh in rushing yards and tied for eighth in points. On defense, they ranked 25th in yards allowed, 24th against the pass, 25th against the run and tied for 24th in points allowed. ...The Packers got better performance out of their 2013 draft class than they did from their 2012 class, which had only one player (Daniels) ranked better than 30th. The other second-year player in the top 20 (Boykin) was undrafted. … With six unrestricted free agents among the top 20, there will be some difficult decisions to make, and that group doesn’t even include DT B.J. Raji (who was 27th in the rankings).