PACKERS 2015  SCHEDULE
Week 1: at Chicago Bears, Sept. 13, noon, FOX

Week 2: vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sept. 20, 7:30, NBC

Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, Sept. 28, 7:30, ESPN (gold)

Week 4: at San Francisco 49ers, Oct. 4, 3:25 p.m., FOX

Week 5: vs. St. Louis Rams, Oct. 11, noon, CBS

Week 6: vs. San Diego Chargers, Oct. 18, 3:25 p.m., CBS*

Week 7: BYE

Week 8: at Denver Broncos, Nov. 1, 7:30, NBC*

Week 9: at Carolina Panthers, Nov. 8, noon, FOX*

Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions, Nov. 15, noon, FOX* (gold)

Week 11: at Minnesota Vikings, Nov. 22, noon, FOX*

Week 12: vs. Chicago Bears, Nov. 26, 7:30, NBC*

Week 13: at Detroit Lions, Dec. 3, 7:25, CBS/NFL*

Week 14: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Dec. 13, 3:25 p.m., FOX*

Week 15: at Oakland Raiders, Dec. 20, 3:05 p.m., FOX*

Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 27, 3:25 p.m., FOX*

Week 17: vs. Minnesota Vikings, Jan. 3, noon, FOX*

* Game time and network subject to change per NFL flexible scheduling -
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Q & A with JOSH FRANCIS

Josh took a moment in between workouts to answer some questions from our Brian Murphy and allow Packer Nation a chance to get to know him.     Q & A  here

PACKERS DRAFT CLASS OF 2015

Name  Pos  College

1/30 -Damarious Randall -DB, Arizona St 
2/62 -Quinten Rollins -CB, Miami (OH) 
3/94 -Ty Montgomery -WR, Stanford 
4/129 -Jake Ryan -OLB, Michigan 
5/147 -Brett Hundley -QB, UCLA 
6/206 -Aaron Ripkowski -FB, Oklahoma 
6/210 -Christian Ringo -DE, UL Lafayette 
6/213 -Kennard Backman -TE, UAB 

FROM ESPN, Demovsky, Kiper, Scouts Inc.

(1) 20 Damarious Randall, S, Arizona St.

What he brings: He is the best pure coverage safety in this draft, and he could split time between free safety and nickel corner in the NFL. He has the quickness to hold up on underneath routes and the deep speed to recover from a missed step. He's a playmaker. His range and effort in run support are very good, but he needs to improve against the run overall.

How he fits: Safety isn't a pressing need, but Green Bay defensive coordinator Dom Capers runs a lot of sub packages and Randall is a tweener safety/corner who projects best at nickelback. He adds much-needed depth to a secondary that lost corners Tramon Williams and Davon House this offseason.

Prospect highlights Video


(2) 62 Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH) 

What he brings: He played only one season of college football -- he was a star point guard for Miami prior to that -- so he lacks ideal experience and recognition skills. He also doesn't have ideal speed for the cornerback position. But he's a natural playmaker with good size and strength to hold up against bigger receivers, and he's very good in run support.

How he fits: The Packers still have Sam Shields, Casey Hayward and nickelback Micah Hyde after losing Tramon Williams and Davon House, but they needed help on the back end. The relatively inexperienced Rollins is a good value here and he's got the tools to excel in the Packers' press-man scheme once he gets acclimated and improves his overall technique. So, taking him when they don't need him to play a substantial role early makes sense.

Prospect highlights Video


(3) 94 Ty Montgomery, Kick Returner/WR, Stanford

What he brings: Montgomery is at his best when he has the ball in his hands regardless if that's after the catch, in the return game or on a carry thanks to his blend of vision, elusiveness and balance in space. His timed top-end speed is just average, and he's not an elite vertical threat who regularly takes the top off the coverage, but he flashes the ability to turn on the jets when he gets a seam as a ball carrier. The biggest area of concern is his hands. He drops passes he should catch and fights the ball too much despite the fact that he has a big hand span.

How he fits: Receiver isn't a pressing need after re-signing Randall Cobb, but Green Bay makes a value pick here and gives Aaron Rodgers yet another weapon by taking Montgomery. 
In addition, Montgomery is a dangerous return man who should give the Packers' kickoff return unit a much-needed boost.

Prospect highlights Video


(4) 129 Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan

What he brings: Ryan is a two-time team captain with a good blend of height, weight and straight-line speed. He's an instinctive run defender who closes well chasing down backs and he limits production after contact as a tackler. While he doesn't change directions well in space, he shows above-average awareness in underneath zones and he's a better pass-rusher than his sack numbers suggest.

Prospect highlights Video


(5) 147 Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA

What he brings: At 6-3 and 225 pounds, Hundley has a sturdy build with above-average arm strength and athleticism to put stress on a defense with his feet. When able to set his feet, he also shows accuracy at all three levels. However, while Hundley has a strong physical skill set, he has a lot of work to do in terms of pocket awareness -- particularly keeping his eyes downfield under pressure -- which will need to be corrected quickly in order for him to succeed in the NFL.

Prospect highlights Video

(6) 206 Aaron Ripkowski, FB, Oklahoma

What he brings: Ripkowski is an effective positional blocker in the run game and flashes the ability to anchor in pass pro, but it's troubling that he lost 17 pounds between weighing in at the East-West Shrine game and his pro day. In addition, he finished his college career with a total of 14 touches, so he's a fairly one-dimensional blocker at this point.

Ripkowski Feature


(6) 210 Christian Ringo, DE, Louisiana-Layafette

What he brings: Ringo has above-average measureables and very good upside. He is raw but has an excellent combination of quickness, strength and agility to work with.

Ringo Media Day
Ringo Player Profile

(6) 213 Kennard Backman, TE, UAB

What he brings: Backman has good strength and quality point of attack skills as an inline blocker. He lacks ideal length and athleticism as a pass catcher but is a reliable short-to-intermediate target.

Backman Junior Highlight film


Mel Kiper's Draft Grade: B

Mel Kiper: I thought the Packers did a good job because they got players I can see helping them right away, and they really didn't have major needs to fill. There was a lot of versatility added. 

Damarious Randall is just the definition of duct tape in the secondary, as he'll be on the field all the time in subpackages and will be called a safety or a cornerback depending on the look. 

Quinten Rollins is just total intrigue, with the potential to be a Pro Bowl talent based on the glimpse we got of him after converting from basketball. 
Ty Montgomery can be used in the passing game and the return game -- and you could even hand the ball off to him.

I waxed about Jake Ryan on the broadcast, and I know Bill Polian really likes him too. If he's at 100 percent, I think you have a future starter at one of the inside linebacker spots -- he has a nose for making plays in the backfield. 

Brett Hundley is a good value that late, a toolsy talent to mold under Aaron Rodgers. 

Aaron Ripkowski could be a favorite someday, as he reminds me a little bit of John Kuhn. 

Hard to knock a draft like this, though I would have liked to see them add some depth along the D-line. (They DD, his name is RINGO! Plus Thornton from last year should make impact.)

DO NOT FORGET about the UDFA's!

Pro-Bowlers and Super Bowl winners like Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, and John Kuhn were undrafted gems for the Packers. So are Sean Richardson, Jayrone Elliott, and Scott Tolzien.

Kurt Warner, Tony Romo, Antonio Gates are also great ones who weren't great enough to have been drafted. The scouts aren't always a brilliant as they would like us to believe.  

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MY FIRST PROJECTED PACKERS 
2015  53-MAN OPENING DAY ROSTER
There will be some difficult decisions to make this summer for coach McCarthy, Dom Capers, and staff.

We know there will be a cast of new guys at inside linebacker. And someone has to fill the shoes vacated by the departures of Tramon Williams and Davon House. 

With that in mind and with the draft and undrafted signings behind us, take a look at what I envision to be the Packers opening-day roster when the Packers take foot on Soldier Field on September 13th.    PROJECTION