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PACKERS FOOTBALL FRIDAY: ’15 Rosterdamus 1.0

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Now that the Packers have drafted their 2015 class, signed college free agents and invited hopefuls to tryouts, we have a pretty good idea of the team’s plans for it’s 90 man roster.  While that’s fine and there are several position battles that excite me, it’s never too early to guess the 53 men we’ll take to Chicago.

This team has a special feel to it.  I don’t want to make any bold declarations or predictions about the season but the word is “special”.

Quarterbacks (3)

Aaron Rodgers – 12
Brett Hundley – 7
Scott Tolzien – 16

Running Backs (4)

Eddie Lacy – 27
James Starks – 44
John Crockett – 38
John Kuhn – 30

Wide Receivers (6)

Jordy Nelson – 87
Randall Cobb – 18
Davante Adams – 17
Jared Abbrederis – 84
Jeff Janis – 83
Ty Montgomery – 88

Tight Ends (4)

Richard Rodgers – 89
Andrew Quarless – 81
Kennard Backman – 86
Justin Perillo – 80
Offensive Linemen (7)

David Bakhtiari – 69
Josh Sitton – 71
Corey Linsley – 63
TJ Lang – 70
Bryan Bulaga – 75
Don Barclay – 67
JC Tretter – 73

Defensive Linemen (7)

Mike Daniels – 76
BJ Raji – 90
Datone Jones – 95
Letroy Guion – 98
Khyri Thornton -94
Josh Boyd – 93
Mike Pennel – 64

Elephant Ends (3)

Julius Peppers – 56
Nick Perry – 53
Mike Neal – 96

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2015 Draft Class NFL Player Comps

Often the easiest way to explain a draft pick to a fan is to compare a player (favorably or not) to a current NFL player.  You can take a look at how I pegged last year’s class here. As I said last year comparisons aren’t always perfect, and often they are a “poor man’s version” or a “rich man’s version” of that player.  The fact is that all these players are unique, and bring unique skill sets to the league.

By rules it seems like my comparisons are optimistic.  I often select the prototype for the playing style that I see from that player. Sometimes it leads me to compare Carl Bradford to Lamarr Woodley (whoops, maybe) and sometimes it leads me to trumpet Corey Linsley as a stronger version of Scott Wells (spot-on, maybe).

Round 1- Damarious Randall: Tyrann Mathieu, DB, Arizona Cardinals

Damarious Randall and Tyrann Mathieu

Damarious Randall, though not as famous as “The Honey Badger” is actually bigger and faster than Mathieu. Like THB, Randall is very versatile

The selection of Randall was met with a lot of confusion by Packers fans and analysts alike.  Why on earth would the Packers select a free safety with two selections in a row? HaHa Clinton-Dix certainly worked out last year and projects as a Pro Bowl caliber safety.  It certainly didn’t seem to make a lot of sense at the time and inspired a “Ted’s gonna Ted” tweet out of this writer.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma, 206

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Analysis (Mike Wendlandt): 

A 2nd team All-Big 12 selection, Ripkowksi is as traditionas you will find at fullback. A hard nosed blocker who seeks out contact and drives through his target. Great size at 6’1” and 257 lbs, he can also be an in-line tight end. Not much impact as a receiver, but he did score four times in 2014. Ran well at Pro Day (4.69) and reminds me of Vonta Leach. Biggest weakness remains that he sometimes tries to hard for the “wow” hit on a block and whiffs.

I feel that the value was low for this pick. He seems more like a undrafted player to me.

Team fit (Ross Uglem): Ripkowski immediately becomes the heir apparent to fan favorite John Kuhn.  He’s absolutely a better run blocker than Kuhn right now, but also doesn’t provide anything close to what Kuhn does as a pass blocker or a pass catcher.

I had been hoping the Packers would move to more of an H-Back position when Kuhn rode off into the sunset, maybe with a player along the lines of a Nick O’Leary from Florida state.  It appears that the team is going to move forward and refuse to let the true fullback position die.

The nice thing about the dying-off of the fullback position is that if you still use one it’s really easy to get a good one very late, which the Packers have appeared to do here.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Ty Montgomery, WR/KR, Stanford, 94

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Analysis (Matt Bove) : Ted Thompson may have been content giving the special teams coordinator role to Ron Zook, which was very underwhelming in my opinion, but he certainly has made a concentrated effort to improve it through this draft. All three of his top picks should be instant special teams players.

Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery will be an instant upgrade at kick returner where DuJuan Harris was abysmal last season. Montgomery has much work to do as a receiver, but he can be an instant contributor as a returner. He’s Stanford all-time leading kick returner and an All-American there.

As you would imagine, Montgomery is at his bets with the ball in his hands. He’s not an elite speed burner, but has enough to hit the home run play. His ball skills are what he needs to improve on the most. He displayed terrible hands at Stanford last season and is not really a strong route runner.

The value is questionable to me, as I think Montgomery could have been had at least a round later. However, if Mike McCarthy can find some creative ways to use him offensively, and he can have some big returns on special teams the he can make an impact right away.

Team fit (Ross Uglem): Perfect.  This is the kind of pick that you make when you’re trying to win the Super Bowl.  I know that sounds weird but while Randall and Rollins might be picks for the future Montgomery is a pick for now.  While he does add depth to the receiving corps, Montgomery’s biggest contribution to the Packers will undoubtedly be on special teams.

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BREAKING: Green Bay Packers select Quentin Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio), 62

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Analysis (Matt Bove): You can never have enough cornerbacks in the NFL today, and Ted Thompson is certainly proving that so far in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Quinten Rollins only has one year of playing college football after starring on the hardwood for Miami (OH), but he showed a ton in that one year winning the MAC defensive player of the year after picking off seven passes. The thing you like about Rollins and first-round pick Demarious Randle are how green they both still are. They have their best football in front of them and Thompson is trusting Joe Whitt to bring it out of them.

>Rollins doesn’t have top end speed for a corner (4.57 40-yard dash), but he seems to be a natural playmaker. His ball skills and run support are the two areas in which he shined at Miami (OH). He was quick to locate passes and has the size, strength and jumping ability to break up contested passes.

Rollins is willing to set the edge in the run game and has the strength to work through clutter and get off blocks. He’s going to need to work on his technique and his instincts should come as he gets more experience. Whitt should be able to help with those things.

Team fit (Ross Uglem): Well this is fun, isn’t it? Ted Thompson continues his acquisition of talent with little regard for team need or public opinion.  Rollins is another defensive back that is at least 5’10” and can play wherever Joe Whitt and Dom Capers want him.

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Ross’s 2015 Packers Draft Preview

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Good Draft Morning Everybody!

For those of you who’ve been following along all draft season this is all old hat, but if you haven’t, here’s my 7 round mock draft and Packers-centric previews for every position. Go Pack Go!

 

 

2015 7 Round Mock Draft

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Tight Ends

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Inside Linebackers

Outside Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Draft coverage starts at 7 PM Lambeau time tonight, stay tuned to PackersTalk.com and the Packers Talk Radio network for all of your draft coverage including instant analysis and draft podcasts!

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Ross Uglem is a writer at PackersTalk.com. You can follow Ross on twitter at RossUglem

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2015 NFL Draft: Packers Position Preview: S

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Going into the 2015 season it was pretty obvious that the Packers had to address two main needs on defense.  Inside linebacker and safety.  Some argued that Morgan Burnett was sufficient as one of the starters, but the safety position opposite him certainly needed to be addressed.  As it turns out, both inside linebackers needed to be replaced as well.

Unfortunately for the fans that were excited about the inside linebackers both CJ Mosley (stud) and Ryan Shazier (we’ll see) were gone before the Packers drafted at 21.  The Packers chose to select Davante Adams in the second round over Chris Borland (freaking stud).  They were, however, able to select a safety.  HaHa Clinton-Dix was widely regarded as the top safety in the draft leading up to Thursday night. In part because of the rise of inside linebackers and the Jets reaching taking Calvin Pryor he fell to the Packers.

The team was able to select the best player at their #1 position of need without using anything more than the 21st overall pick.  Clinton-Dix was solid all season long but flashed his superstar potential in the NFC Championship game.

Class Strength: 3/10

Woof.  Yet another reason that I’m excited that HHCD was selected last year.  I really don’t like this class.  Even it’s premier player, Landon Collins (also of Alabama) might be shoe-horned into a strong safety role.  There’s nothing wrong with that, but in today’s passing leage, the elite cover safety is more valuable than the thumper/run support safety.  From what I can tell Collins is the only safety prospect that will even sniff the first round, compared to last season when 4 safeties were gone in the first 30 picks.

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