Packers: Why UDFA Kentrell Brice Can Make the 53-Man Roster

When it comes to the NFL draft, few teams do it better than the Green Bay Packers. But the draft is not the only area where the Packers excel — another is rookie free agency.

Nearly every season, one or two undrafted players earns their way onto the Packers final 53-man roster. Many more make the practice squad and are eventually promoted. Ladarius Gunter, Alonzo Harris and Josh Walker all made the team out of training camp last year as rookie free agents and this season, safety Kentrell Brice has a chance to be next in line.

Brice, who is 5-11, 205 pounds and runs a 4.44 forty, was viewed by many as a draftable player. He did get some recognition as a junior and overall, he was a productive college player. Over the last two seasons, he had 146 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and seven tackles for loss.

Brice is an interesting player. He is quick and explosive and he’s a sure tackler. He blitzes well and shows pretty good instincts in the run game. In coverage, he shows decent range and offers a physical presence.

The video shown above is a highlight reel of Brice’s junior season for Louisiana Tech.  He makes some eye-popping plays and really flashes as a blizter.

Here is another video (below), this one shows Brice against the Oklahoma Sooners and shows him play-by-play, which is a much better way to find out about him as a player. You see Brice around the line of scrimmage a lot and he makes some nice plays in the run game. He also has one big hit, but also shows a few missteps.

Brice isn’t a perfect player by any means, but he brings some nice qualities to the table and has tremendous potential on special teams. Another thing working in his favor is the Packers lack of depth at safety.

After Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, there is Micah Hyde, who also doubles as a cornerback and Chris Banjo. The Packers normally keep around 10 defensive backs — last year it was 11, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see 10 this year.

Brice could see some intense competition in the secondary, especially from fellow undrafted free agents Josh Hawkins and Makinton Dorleant. In the end, it may well come down to who does the most on special teams and with what he can do, it might be the ideal scenario for Brice to make the 53.

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