4. Lenzy Pipkins, Cornerback
Lenzy Pipkins didn’t play much until the end of last season. Coming out of Oklahoma State he didn’t have the credentials NFL teams look for. With tons of work to do, defensive backs coach Joe Whitt Jr. developed Pipkins into a more polished product. He then conquered the odds by making the 53 man roster as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Pipkins didn’t play his first snaps until Week 6 of last season, but registered six tackles in his NFL debut. He also saw significant action in Weeks 16 and 17. Thanks to already being eliminated from playoff contention, the Packers were able to showcase players who didn’t get much playing time otherwise.
“(The Packers) know what type of ability I can really bring and what type of potential I can have because I haven’t reached my ceiling,” Pipkins told reporters in March. He believes he possesses the versatility to play both inside and outside cornerback.
Pipkins has his work cut out for him going into next season, as the Packers’ secondary is stacked with talent after a busy offseason. Nonetheless, he’ll have plenty of chances to prove his worth during training camp and pre-season, especially since most players take the biggest leap from year one to year two.