Ranking the Roster Nos. 50-55 Snapping

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Ranking the Roster Nos. 50-55 Snapping

GREEN BAY, Wis. For more than a decade, we have ranked every player on the Green Bay Packers roster in advance of the start of training camp. This isnt just a rundown of the best players. Rather, its a not- Christian Vazquez Jersey too-scientific formula that combines talent, salary, importance of the position, depth at the position and, for young players, draft positioning. More than the ranking, we hope you learn a little something about all 89 players scheduled to be with the team for the first practice of training camp on July 27.Part 10 of our series includes the players battling to be long snapper and a rookie offensive tackle. No. 55: OT Rasheed WalkerJersey No. 63; 6-6, 324; rookie; Penn State The Packers selected Rasheed Walker in the seventh round. They werent nece sarily looking to draft another lineman but general manager Brian Gutekunst thought the 32-game starter was too good to pa s up.Walker has great size and above-average athleticism. He wasnt a great player, though, earning only third-team all-conference last year, so it will be up to offensive line coach Luke Butkus to maximize Walkers talents. In PFFs pa s-blocking efficiency, which measures sacks, hits and hurries allowed per pa s-rushing snap, Walker ranked 56th out of 74 tackles in the draft cla s. He allowed four sacks. Moreover, backs gained 1.1 yards before contact on runs to his gap, easily the worst of Sports Info Solutions top 24 tackle prospects.Walkers always been big. Oftentimes, he was deemed too big to play youth football. When he stood in the locker room for the rookie camp, he was wearing size-17 Crocs. When he was 8 or 9, he took up boxing. He didnt fight but he did train.Honestly, I think it helped me a lot with my footwork and my rhythm, he said. Growing up, I was always kind of uncoordinated because my feet were always too big. But when I started boxing, theres certain drills and exercises I was doing that really helped with my footwork and my rhythm.The Packers have drafted nine offensive linemen the past three years. Walker is the only pure offensive tackle in the group, which makes the 22-year-old an interesting developmental prospect at a premium position. No. 54: OT Cole Van LanenJersey No. 78; 6-4, 3-5; first season; WisconsinA sixth-round pick last year out of Wisconsin via neighboring Bay Port High School, Cole Van Lanens rookie experience consisted of one kneeldown snap to close out a late-season Bill Lee Jersey victory over the Vikings.Family Night was a big deal for Van Lanen, having watched the event in person a few times.It was awesome to be able to go into Lambeau with fans and youre the person on the field, not watching it, he said. Its definitely an unbelievable feeling, something kind of indescribable. Im just excited to get in there for a real game, feel the real atmosphere. The atmosphere was awesome tonight, but Im really excited for a game.A fun story last year, Van Lanen could be entering a Alex Verdugo Jersey make-or-break second training camp. There arent many players on the roster with as differing po sibilities for 2022. With David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins rehabbing their ACL injuries, Van Lanen spent the offseason as the No. 1 right tackle. In case of disaster with Bakhtiari, Van Lanen could be in the starting lineup for the opener at Minnesota. Or, Bakhtiari could be back, Yosh Nijman could slide to right tackle and Van Lanen could be knocked off the roster if he struggles through the preseason. No. 52: LS Jack Coco and Steven WirtelCoco: Jersey No. 56; 6-2, 248; rookie; Georgia TechWirtel: Jersey No. 46; 6-4, 228; second season; Iowa StateLooking at the depth charts of the other 15 NFC teams, four of the No. 1 snappers got their chance with the Packers: Carolinas J.J. Jansen, Tampa Bays Zach Triner, San Franciscos Taybor Pepper and Philadelphias Taybor Pepper. So, its not as if the Packers scouts have been bad at finding long snappers. Theyre just bad at keeping them.Green Bay used a seventh-round pick in 2018 on Hunter Bradley. The Packers whacked him at midseason and called Steven Wirtel out of the bullpen. Wirtels claim to fame is being the fastest long snapper in Scouting Combine history.Going into that week, did a little research on it, . I take pride in being a football player at the end of the day. I know my first job is to snap, block and then get down field. For me, I love to just get down there and ultimately just make plays. It something early on throughout the Combine training I felt really good running and just felt like it was something that I can do. You put your mind to it, youd be surprised what you can achieve. So, yeah, its something I take a lot of good pride in and Id like to showcase on the field.Of course, snap accuracy and blocking are the ultimate measuring sticks for a long snapper. Wirtel wasnt awful in his nine games but he wasnt good enough, either. On a late punt in the playoff game against San Francisco, Wirtel was bulldozed straight back. Henry Black should have stayed in to help but didnt. The result was the disastrous blocked punt and touchdown.The Packers didnt use any of their four seventh-round picks on a snapper but they did add undrafted rookie Jack Coco. Cocos story is pretty interesting. A walk-on at Georgia Tech, he snapped on Boston Red Sox Jersey field goals (but not punts) from 2018 through 2020. In 2021, he was put on scholarship and focused only on tight end.The predraft proce s for me was being able to do as many things as po sible, . I used to play offensive line, so I was really good when I transferred to tight end as a blocking fullback-type position. I had good hands, too, but I was more of a blocking back in college. At pro day, I was doing whatever I could po sibly do Tony Conigliaro Jersey to get anyones attention. It just happened that long snapping was that ticket.A sistant special teams coach Byron Storer saw Cocos film from pro day. He was intrigued and gave him a call a week later. Storer made him jump through some hoops to get a tryout opportunity at the rookie camp. That was enough to get Coco a spot on the offseason roster. I feel like all the drills that theyre putting me through, its a lot of chaos but its chaos needed to get better with the job, he said. No. 51: TE Dominique DafneyJersey No. 49; 6-2, 243; second season; Indiana StateEvery season brings a great story. In 2020, it was Dominique Dafney.At Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, Dafney was an all-state receiver. He spent 2016 at Iowa Western Community College, where he did not see any action, before transferring to Iowa for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Not seeing much playing time on offense, he relocated to Indiana State.His senior year was going nowhere fast until he was moved to wildcat quarterback at the end of the season. In the final game of his collegiate caree
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