Watching the North: Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers used the 2015 to add depth to their 12-4 NFC North championship squad. The Packers had 8 picks in this years draft including three in the sixth round that they used to land some intriguing players both on offense and defense.
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2015 Draft: Impact Players
The Packers improved their ability to cover the pass in 2015 by spending their top two pick on the defensive secondary.
Damarious Randall FS– In today’s pass oriented NFL, having talent at safety is a must. Randall was considered the best cover safety in the draft. Mike Mayock of NFL.com calls him a “safety with cover corner skills.” Randall will make it difficult for any team to go deep on the Packers this season.
Quinten Rollins CB – The MAC defensive player of the year reminds you a little bit of Ziggy Ansah in regard to his playing experience. Rollins was a point guard for the Miami Ohio RedHawks when he decided to use his last semester of eligibility to try his hand at football, a sport he hadn’t played since highschool. Rollins was a quick study grabbing seven interceptions on his way to MAC defensive player of the year honors. He is a raw talent but could become a solid cover corner for the pack this season.
Jake Ryan OLB – The University of Michigan product had some trouble staying on the field at Michigan because of injury which hurt his draft status. That said he is a talented player with the versatility to play both inside and out. The Packers like his versatility and could start for them this season.
The Packers took a page out of their own book when they drafted quarterback Brett Hundley in the fifth round. The Packers moved up in the fifth round to grab Hundley who they could be grooming as their quarterback of the future. Hundley was originally projected to go much sooner than this but slid inexplicable into the fifth round..right into the Packers waiting arms.
Sound familiar…it should.
The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers under similar circumstances. Although Rodgers was still a first round selection he nearly fell into the second before the Packers drafted him as the heir apparent to Brett Favre. After a couple of years as Favre’s understudy, Rodgers went on to become a two-time NFL MVP ans Superbowl champion.
The Packers are hoping they can use the same formula to develop Brett Hundley into a franchise quarterback.