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5 UDFAs Who Will Make the Green Bay Packers’ 53-Man Roster

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5 UFDAs Who Will Make the Green Bay Packers' 53-Man Roster

Colt Lyerla
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The Green Bay Packers are a team that invests in young players, and each year there are at least one or two undrafted free agents or UDFAs who earn a spot on their 53-man roster. Last year the Packers had three former UDFAs starting for them in Sam Shields, Tramon Williams and John Kuhn, as well as a number of others who played significant roles. Here is a list of five UDFAs who have the potential to make the roster in 2014.

5. ILB Jake Doughty

Jake Doughty
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5. ILB Jake Doughty

Jake Doughty
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The Packers have received plenty of criticism for not selecting an inside linebacker in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Jake Doughty could help fans forget about that if he is able to impress in training camp and earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Doughty is undersized at 6-foot, 220-pounds but he was a two-year starter at inside linebacker in Utah State's 3-4 defense and was second in the nation in tackles last season with 148.

4. OL John Fullington

John Fullington
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4. OL John Fullington

John Fullington
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Fullington is a versatile player who started 43 straight games for Washington State, 27 at guard and 16 at tackle. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder is probably better suited to be a tackle in the NFL but has a better chance to make the roster if he can prove he has the power to play guard for Green Bay. He tied for the most bonus money of any Packers' UDFA and could help fill a need as a backup at guard or tackle.

3. LB Jayrone Elliot

Jayrone Elliot
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3. LB Jayrone Elliot

Jayrone Elliot
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Elliot is one the of Packers' most intriguing UDFAs as he has just one season as a starting outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. During his first three years at Toldeo, he was a backup defensive end in a 4-3. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound linebacker has good size and athleticism for the position and racked up 14 tackles for loss, nine sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior. With a good camp Elliot is a good bet to make the roster.

2. OLB Adrian Hubbard

Adrian Hubbard
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2. OLB Adrian Hubbard

Adrian Hubbard
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Hubbard is among the Packers' most talented UDFAs and expected to be a mid-round draft choice. At 6-foot-6, 257-pounds he is an impressive specimen who started at outside linebacker for the past two seasons in Nick Saban's 3-4 defense at Alabama. During that time, he posted 83 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles. He has pass rush skills and growth potential after just three years of college football. He will be hard to cut.

1. TE Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla
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1. TE Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla
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The Packers signed Lyerla after rookie mini-camp, landing them one of the most talented draft eligible tight ends. Lyerla went undrafted due to past drug issues that got him kicked off the Oregon football team this past season. Yet, as a sophomore in 2012, he caught 25 passes for 392 yards and six touchdowns, averaging an impressive 15.2 yards per reception. If he can stay out of trouble, he has enough talent to earn a roster spot.