|Christian Ringo - Now a Green Bay Packer|
The 2015 NFL draft happened over the weekend, in case you weren't paying attention, and even if you weren't, it was still impossible not to notice. Here is my review of the Packers draft
Round 1: Damarious Randall/DB/Arizona State- The Packers came into this draft with a big need at cornerback. I myself mocked Marcus Peters to the Packers, but he went 18th overall to the Kansas City Chiefs. After watching the rest of the cornerbacks disappear- Trae Waynes, Marcus Peters, Kevin Johnson, and Byron Jones, Thompson selected Randall, a safety from Arizona State. At first glance everyone was like, what? But now that I look at it, this is crafty ole' CIA Ted at it again. Rather than reach for a cornerback he didn't like, Thompson took the best cover safety in the draft, and already stated he is moving back to corner. Randall has extensive experience playing corner, but only played safety last season because the Sun Devils wanted their best defensive back playing safety.
Round 2: Quinton Rollins/CB/Miami (OH) - After the Packers selected Randall in round one, the whole world thought they would take a defensive tackle or linebacker in round two. Wrong. Thompson showed us again why he may very well be the most unpredictable general manager in sports when he selected Rollins. Quinton Rollins has as high of a ceiling of any cornerback we have seen in a long time. The only thing I can think of with this selection is someone back there- Shields, Hayward, Burnett, Clinton-Dix, Hyde, is hurt, seriously hurt, and they aren't telling anyone. Either that or they don't like Casey Hayward anymore.
Round 3: Ty Montgomery/WR/Stanford- At first glance this one is the true shocker of the Packers draft. They spent a third round draft choice on a position they don't need, wide receiver. Still, if you look at this, it's not a bad draft choice. The Packers have been trying to get Cobb off of returns for a while now, and last year's return men were bad, real bad. In fact, the kickoff return man, Dejaun Harris, was so bad he was benched towards the end of the season. The Packers may have bigger things in store for Montgomery, but at the very least he can Devin Hester the league for the next 5-8 years.
Round 4: Jake Ryan/LB/Michigan- The Packers finally realized they could no longer ignore the linebacker position and selected Michigan's Jake Ryan. He may not be the most talented player in the world, but this guy is nothing but football 24/7. That's a good sign. He could be the thumper linebacker in the middle of the 3-4 zone blitz the Packers run.
Round 5: Brett Hundley/QB/UCLA- On Saturday afternoon UCLA's Brett Hundley won the lottery by being drafted by the Packers. Let me put it this way, for 2.5 quarters Hundley plays like a quarterback who should be taken first overall in a runaway. Then one little thing goes wrong, and he falls apart. Next thing you know he has thrown four interceptions in 12 minutes. This is the golden opportunity for Hundley to be coached up, and the Packers can flip him for the world in three years to a quarterback hungry team.
Round 6A: Aaron Ripkowski/FB/Oklahoma- Oh did I nail this one. In my official mock I mocked Ripkowski to the Packers with pick 6A, and here he is. I will blow my own horn now. Thank you. The arrival of Ripkowski could most likely mean the end of fan favorite John Kuhn.
Round 6B: Christian Ringo/DL/Louisiana-Lafayette- Ringo stands only 6'1”, but if you've ever seen his arms, he's about the last dude in the world you want to pick a fight with. Ringo is a hard worker who will line up at defensive end in this scheme.
Round 6C: Kennard Backman/TE/UAB- Backman, who played his college football for a program that is now defunct, will be a project and a longshot to do anything significant this season.