With their sixth-round pick (206th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Aaron Ripkowksi, fullback, Oklahoma.
Scored 5 career touchdowns in 46 games and 17 starts … rushed for 13 yards and had 41 yards receiving … known as a true fullback with tremendous blocking ability.
PRO DAY RESULTS:
4.69 40 yard dash, 2.68 10yd split, 33-inch vertical, 9 foot, 5-inch broad jump, 7.59 3-cone, 4.33 20yd shuttle.
He’s one of the most stereotypical sledgehammer fullbacks in the 2015 draft. He added to his stock by also playing some series at tight end. As a primary blocker, his pass catching will be a work in progress.
Ripowski is a player I scouted for my work with our friends at Cheeseheadtv.com for their draft guide, so I’m familiar with what he brings to the Packers. He’s most likely being groomed to be John Kuhn’s replacement as a lead blocker on running plays. Ripkowski won’t be an immediate threat in the receiving game, but that’s not to say he can’t develop into a sure-handed pass catcher near the goal line or in short yardage situations. The Ripkowski pick also brings additional value to the Packers and reflects Ted Thompson’s active efforts to rebuild the special teams units. I fully expect Ripkowski to contribute immediately as a core special teams player while he grows into Kuhn’s replacement.