by Zero2Cool on 5/4/2015 12:58:59 PM
First things first. This past week we had the 2015 NFL Draft and it was awesome! Big shout out and thank you to dhazer for the special viewing pleasure, without his contribution, it would have been less visually appealing, if you know what I mean.

It was great to see all the informative input from a good chunk of fans, keep it coming!

As I've maintained throughout the history PackersHome, the site is 100% what YOU the fans make it. If you doubt that, ask yourself how great this place would be if it was me talking to myself? Smile

Thank you and keep it going!!

Here is a link to each of the 2015 Packers Draft players with information on each of them.
1st Round (30th Overall) CB Damarious Randall
2nd Round (62nd Overall) CB Quentin Rollins
3rd Round (94th Overall) Ty Montgomery
4th Round (129th Overall) OLB Jake Ryan
5th Round (147th Overall) QB Brett Hundley, Jr
6th Round (206th Overall) FB Aaron Ripkowski
6th Round (210th Overall) DE Christian Ringo
6th Round (213th Overall) TE Kennard Backman

BTW, you can view the entire Packers draft history from the link on the nav bar Packers > Draft History
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 4:01:42 PM
Kennard Backman | Tight End | Alabama-Birmingham | 6'3" - 243 lbs.

Has made 25 starts at tight end in his first three UAB seasons ... athletic tight end who will be again be counted on heavily in 2013 ... has emerged as one of top tight ends in Conference USA and garnering national attention as well ... enters senior season with 57 career receptions for 580 yards ... named to 2014 Watch List for John Mackey Award.
2013: Started eight games for the Blazers ... ranked fourth on the team in receptions with 28 for 302 yards ... season-high 62 receiving yards (on five receptions) against Northwestern State ... recorded 57 receiving yards against Florida Atlantic, also registering five catches against the Owls ... had touchdown catches in victories over Northwestern State (1 yard) and FIU (7 yards) ... had a career-long 36-yard reception against Florida Atlantic.

2012: Was significant contributor to Blazer offense as he made nine starts at tight and finished with 23 receptions to tie for No. 5 among UAB pass catchers ... totaled 235 yards and four touchdowns ... his four touchdown catches tied for team lead with Jamarcus Nelson ... recorded at least one reception in 9-of-11 games in 2012 ... was a honorable mention All-Conference USA selection ... posted season and career highs in final game of season as he registered five catches for 78 yards at UCF ... also had four receptions for 43 yards against Southeastern Louisiana ... recorded two touchdown catches in road contest at Tulane ... also caught scoring passes against East Carolina and Memphis ... had a career-long 26-yard catch at UCF.

2011: Made immediate impact in his first season at UAB as he played in all 12 contests and started eight of those ... first start was in game two in Conference USA opener vs. Tulane ... registered six catches during season for 43 yards ... notched a season-best two receptions for 20 yards in victory at Memphis ... season-long catch was 18 yards against Memphis ... also excelled in classroom as he was named to Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.

High School: Attended Whitefield Academy in metro-Atlanta area ... a versatile athlete who was standout on both sides of the ball ... two-time all-state performer ... earned second-team honors by Associated Press as a senior tight end ... also listed honorable mention all-state as a defensive lineman by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... finished the 2010 season with 39 receptions for 494 yards and five touchdowns on offense ... on the defensive side, Backman had 73 tackles with seven sacks ... ranked as the No. 36 prospect in Georgia by ... was nominated for U.S. Army All-American Team, one of 21 nominees from state of Georgia ... was a first-team all-state selection as a junior in 2009, earning accolades at tight end by AP and as a defensive lineman by the Journal-Constitution ... also earned all-state honors as a junior by Georgia Sports Writers Association ... registered 33 receptions for 487 yards with three touchdowns as a junior ... coached by Jimmy Fields at Whitefield Academy.

Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1993 at Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Krashenda Backman and Charles Okoli ... major is business.
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 3:53:15 PM
Christian Ringo | Defensive End | Louisiana Lafayette | 6'0" - 272 lbs.

2014 (Senior): Anchored a defensive line that boasted the best rushing defense in the conference while ranking third overall in sacks … ranked seventh in the nation in tackles-for-loss (TFL) with 20.0 and is fifth among defensive linemen … also ranks 12th in the nation in sacks with 11.5 and is seventh among defensive linemen … recorded 45 tackles (38 solo) … tied for the conference lead recovering two fumbles on the season including a 41-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown at Texas State (10/14) … his 5.5 TFL against ULM (11/15) set a new school single-game record and is tied for the most in a game this year … also posted a career-best 2.5 sacks against the Warhawks … named the Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 20 … received LSWA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 17…had at least one sack in five of eight games … started in all 13 games for the Cajuns … notched a season-best eight tackles at ULM … posted four quarterback hurries on the year … recorded a sack in the final minute against Nevada in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (12/20) to set a single-season school record (11.5) and tie the career record (21.0) … led the Sun Belt with 9.5 sacks in conference play … also led the league with 15.5 TFL in conference play averaging almost 2.0 TFL per game (1.94/per game).

2013 (Junior): Preseason first team All-Sun Belt choice on the defensive line. . . hampered by injury throughout the year, missing the Arkansas State (10/22/13) and New Mexico State (11/2/13) games. . . played in 11 contests, making 10 starts. . . made 16 tackles (13 solo) with two TFL and one quarterback sack. . . had thee tackles vs. ULM (11/30/13), adding two TFL (-9) and a six-yard quarterback sack. . . also had three tackles at South Alabama (12/7/13). . . earned third letter.

2012 (Sophomore): Key member of the defensive line, playing in every game with seven starts at defensive tackle. . . made 29 tackles (18 solo) with 10.5 TFL (-51) and a team-high seven sacks (-41). . . forced a pair of fumbles and recovered one. . . ranked second in the Sun Belt in sacks and 11th in TFL. . . had a career-high eight tackles vs. Arkansas State (10/23/12), making 2.5 TFL (-15) and 1.5 sacks (-13). . . had multiple tackles in seven of the last eight games. . . made three tackles with a sack and a forced fumble at ULM (11/3/12). . . also made three tackles with a sack vs. WKU (11/17/12). . . earned second letter.

2011 (Freshman): Saw action in eight games as a reserve on the defensive line and on special teams. . . did not play vs. Oklahoma State, Kent State, Troy and WKU. . . made 19 tackles (eight solo), adding 2.5 tackles for loss (-13 yards) and 1.5 quarterback sacks (-12). . . had two tackles, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss (-4 yards) and shared a QB sack in his first action vs. Nicholls State (9/17). . . came back at FIU the following week to make a career-high six tackles (two solo). . . had a quarterback sack as part of a two-tackle effort vs. Florida Atlantic (10/1). . . added three tackles against both North Texas (10/15) and Arkansas State (11/12). . . recorded two tackles in the New Orleans Bowl.

High School: Second team all-state choice by the Mississippi Coaches Association as a senior at Forest Hill High, playing for coach Mario Lane. . . also named first team All-Metro and second team all-state by the Clarion Ledger. . . posted 64 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior. . . played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic in Mobile. . . four-year starter. . . received all-metro honors as a junior . . . rated two-star prospect by

Personal: Born March 10, 1992 in Jackson, Miss . . . son of Henry and Alethea Ringo. . . has two brothers (Isaiah Williams & Chris Ringo). . . criminal justice major.
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 3:40:53 PM
Aaron Ripkowski | Fullback | Oklahoma | 6'1" - 257 lbs.

2014: named All-Big 12 second team by the league's coaches. Played in all 13 games with nine starts at fullback. 2013: Played in all 13 games. 2012: Played in 12 games with one start. 2011: Saw reserve duty in nine contests.

40-yard dash: 4.71 and 4.69 seconds
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
Short shuttle: 4.33 seconds
3-cone drill: 7.59 seconds

STRENGTHS Outstanding size. Knows he is in to be a hammerhead for Sooners' rushing attack and takes great pride in that. Carries good speed and knee bend to his target. Drops low and explodes into linebackers with his outside shoulder, issuing a jarring, powerful pop. Looks for additional work after making first contact. Also took snaps as an in-line tight end.

WEAKNESSES Will duck his head before contact, briefly losing sight of his target. Leans into his block prematurely at times losing power and leverage. Hands must improve in both sustaining and delivering a punch. Used very sparingly as a pass-catcher and appears to be a one-trick pony.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 7 or priority free agent
BOTTOM LINE Old-school blocking back who will have a hit or two each game that wows the crowd and gets his teammates fired up. He often charges in head-first and with a lowered head, so his success rate can vary greatly from game to game. Lack of pass-catching background hurts his chances.
by Zero2Cool on 5/2/2015 3:27:45 PM
Brett Hundley | Quarterback | UCLA | 6'3" - 223 lbs.

STRENGTHS: Good-sized athlete with ideal height and a thick lower body...not an easy player to tackle and will deliver hits, running with power - stout frame to brush off contact in the pocket and as a ballcarrier...athletic footwork and flexible body control to move like a much smaller athlete...uses his legs effectively to pick up positive yards or move the pocket with natural instincts as a scrambler and the acceleration to erase pursuit angles.
Nice job stepping into his throws with easy arm strength to spin a pretty ball to all levels of the field - able to generate unforced velocity...quick set-up, rhythm and delivery motion...comfortable operating from a clean pocket with an even-keeled, calm demeanor...improved understanding of situational football...nice job selling play fakes and works his mannerisms well...durable and plays through pain (dealt with minor ankle and elbow injuries), starting every game of his career (40 career starts)...mature leader for his age with a gutsy demeanor even if it doesn't appear that way because of his reserved demeanor - voted team captain as a sophomore.

Wants to be great with the football passion and competitive drive needed for the 29-11 record as a starter, becoming the first UCLA quarterback to produce at least nine wins in three straight seasons as a starter...leaves UCLA with the career records for touchdown passes (75), completions (837) and total offense (11,713) - finished second in school history in career passing yards (9,966) and rushing yards by a quarterback (1,747) bloodlines: father (Brett Sr.) played running back at Arizona.

WEAKNESSES: Poor pocket awareness and presence, struggling to decipher and recognize pressures...drops his eyes early and allows defenders to disrupt his tempo, struggling to manage the pocket and stare down the gun barrel, especially with interior pressures...too easily rattled and doesn't play with consistent confidence in the pocket...needs to develop his internal clock, holding the ball too long and allowing the pocket to swallow him up.

Struggles to reset his feet and eyes once moved from initial spot...doesn't show much anticipation at this point in his development, usually waiting for his target to come open before delivering...questionable processing speed with gun-shy tendencies, not challenging tight coverages...too methodical at times and doesn't read blitzes to speed up his process...needs to quicken his eyes and expand his vision...downfield ball placement isn't a strength with most of his completions coming on throws under 10 yards on screens, quick slants and swing passes...poor ball security with 29 career fumble the last three seasons.

COMPARES TO: Randall Cunningham, ex-Eagles: Hundley possesses a combination of size, athleticism, grace and arm strength reminiscent of the former Pro Bowler Cunningham.

IN OUR VIEW: On the surface, Hundley's skill-set seems every bit as tantalizing as Oregon's Marcus Mariota or Florida State's Jameis Winston. However, Hundley needs to improve in the critical subtleties of the quarterback position - pocket presence, reading defenses and ball placement.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang


With dual-threat quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick leading their respective clubs to the Super Bowl the past three years, NFL teams may be growing more comfortable with the idea of highly athletic passers now than ever before. That's music to the ears of Hundley, whose graceful running and deep ball proficiency could earn him a surprisingly high grade come spring.
Coming out of Chandler, Ariz., Hundley was the first UCLA quarterback recruit to earn a five-star rating ( As a senior, he completed 139 of 225 passes for 2,348 yards, 20 touchdowns and two interceptions, while also leading the team in rushing with 856 yards (7.0 avg.) and nine touchdowns.

Hundley redshirted under Rick Neuheisel in 2011 but looked the part of a future blue-chip NFL prospect in guiding the Bruins to the Pac-12 South championship a year later with coach Jim Mora. Hundley threw for a school-record 3,740 passing yards, including 29 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions in his first season.

He followed that up with similar production the next two seasons, watching his completion percentage raise each year and his interceptions drop. Despite leaving with a year of eligibility remaining, Hundley is UCLA's all-time leader with 11,713 total yards and 75 touchdown passes against just 25 interceptions - only five of which came in 2014.

The concern with Hundley is that statistics aside, he appears much the same now as he did two years ago. He still has a tendency to drop his eyes and become a running back once he feels a pass rush rather than remaining poised in the pocket and keeping his passing options open. To achieve success in the NFL, there is no question that he'll need to improve in this area.

Given the steep drop-off in talent following Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota, however, teams could see Hundley as a relative value with plenty of upside to develop. It has been a long time since a Bruins' quarterback has excited scouts. The last UCLA quarterback drafted, in fact, was Cade McNown, whom the Chicago Bears selected in the first round in 1999.
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