The 2015 NFL Draft finally arrived and is now over, which means the Green Bay Packers have made all of their selections and we know who will be joining the team in training camp and hopefully helping bring another Lombardi Trophy to Titletown.
Our team at ALLGBP.com has done a fantastic job in breaking down each of these players. Be sure to check out each player’s profile (click on the player name) and get to know the newest Packers.
Let’s take a look at this year’s full slate of draft picks:
32st overall – Damarious Randall S/CB, Arizona State
This selection elicited a giant huh? response and a lot of confused looks among Packers fans. Originall listed as just a safety, the piuck made little sense with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix having been selected the year before. But then word came that he is a very good cover safety and played CB before the coaches moved him to safety where he could have a bigger impact from play to play. Will be a big special teams contributor. Initial plan is to line him up as a CB in camp and see how he does from there. If they move him back to safety, that would mean Micah Hyde would be moved back to CB.
62nd overall – Quinten Rollins, CB, Fresno St.
Rollins was a sleeper CB on my board and continues the trend of the Packers drafting secondary players who once Rollins played only one season of College football, but took to it quickly and even earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Rollins shows excellent ball skills and will be a key special-teamer.
94th overall – Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
Mike McCarthy wasn’t kidding when he said he was going to improve special teams. Montgomery was one of the top punt and kickoff returners in college and brings a physical presence to the Packers WR corps. Had a monster junior year and did not live up to those expectations as a senior. Battled some injuries, with some rumors circulating he wasn’t always willing to play through the discomfort.
129th overall – Jake Ryan, LB Michigan
Finally! Packers nation exhales as the Packers address what was widely viewed as their position of greatest need, inside linebacker. Ryan is the right size and has played both outside and inside in a 4-3, but wIll project inside for the Packers. Described as a guy who is passionate about football, loves contact, calls signals, on-field leader. Another top special teamer. Consistent player who will always be assignment sure. Sounds like AJ Hawk.
147th overall — Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA
The Packers thought Hundley was such an outstanding value, they swapped fifth round picks withe the Patriots and gave them their seventh round pick to move up 19 spots and nab the UCLA signal caller. Hundley has been described as “having all the tools,” but needs to improve his throwing accuracy and decision-making.
206th overall — Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma
Noooooooooooo say the Kuuuuuuuuuuuhn fans. Despite the supposed death of the fullback in the BFL, the Packers are one of the few teams keeping the position relevant. Ripkowski is a massive guy who will punish linebackers as a lead blocker. Unlike Kuhn, the receiving skills aren’t there right now, but that’s not to say he can’t work on that. Will probably sit on the practice squad during what could be Kuhn’s final season with the Packers.
210th overall (compensatory) – Christian Ringo, DT, Louisiana – Lafayette
Who? Ted does it again, selecting a name completely off of most peoples’ draft radars. Ringo appears to be an undersized Mike Daniels type DT who has had unusually good success as a pass rusher from the inside. Good first step, uses his hands well and plays to the whistle. May switch to DE in a 3-4 and also has long snapping skills. A real long shot.
213th overall (compensatory) – Kennard Backman, TE, UAB
Backman is an undersized tight end most likely destined for H-back and special teams duties. Has decent speed and if he improves his route running, could earn himself some snaps after parking a few years on the practice squad.
Round 7 pick was included in the trade with the Patriots.
Stay tuned this afternoon for the list of UDFAs that sign with the Packers.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.