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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2015 Pre-Draft Coverage
Packers need to hit at ILB some time in the Draft,
early or late. Unless Carl Bradford picks up the position and blossoms into the stud I expected him to be as a rookie last year.
ILB Rankings
CBS Sports

Rank    Player                 Pos. Rank    School                     Class          Ht.       Wt.        Proj. Round

37 -Eric Kendricks              1                   UCLA                      rSr            6-0     232        1-2 
57 -Paul Dawson                 2                   TCU                        Sr              6-0     235        2 
74 -Denzel Perryman          3                   Miami (Fla.)            Sr              5-11   236        2-3 
91 -Benardrick McKinney  4                   Mississippi State   rJr            6-4      246        3 
128 -Stephone Anthony     5                   Clemson                Sr              6-3      243        4 
148 -Ramik Wilson             6                   Georgia                  Sr              6-2      237        4-5 
161 -Ben Heeney                7                   Kansas                   Sr              6-0      231        5 
164 -Bryce Hager               8                   Baylor                     rSr             6-1     234         5 
196 -Taiwan Jones             9                   Michigan State      Sr              6-3      245         5-6 
216 -Hayes Pullard            10                 USC                         rSr            6-0      240         6 
224 -Trey DePriest (inj)     11                 Alabama                 Sr              6-0      254         6-7 
261 -AJ Tarpley                 12                 Stanford                  rSr            6-0      233         7-FA 
277 -Jeff Luc                      13                 Cincinnati               rSr            6-0      263         7-FA 
316 -Amarlo Herrera          14                Georgia                   Sr              6-1      244         7-FA 
328 -Zach Vigil                   15                 Utah State              rSr             6-2     238         7-FA 
347 -Damien Wilson          16                 Minnesota              Sr               6-0     245         7-FA 
356 -Terrance Plummer    17                 UCF                        Sr               5-11    235         –– 
362 -David Mayo                18                 Texas State            rSr             6-1     242          –– 
377 -Curtis Grant               19                Ohio State              Sr               6-3      240         –– 
388 -John Timu                  20                Washington           Sr               6-0      241         –– 
403 -Steve Edmond           21                Texas                      Sr               6-3     253         –– 
424 -Quayshawn Nealy     22                Georgia Tech         rSr              6-0     237         –– 
447 -A.J. Johnson             23                Tennessee              Sr               6-2     242         –– 
467 -Quinton Alston         24                 Iowa                        Sr               6-1     232          –– 
487 -Michael Taylor          25                 Florida                   rSr              5-11    227         –– 


Green Bay Packers  #30 
Eric Kendricks

The Packers may have been a dropped onside kick from playing in the Super Bowl, but allowing 157 rushing yards to Marshawn Lynch in the NFC Championship didn't help. 

It also was not a one-game issue, as the Packers finished the regular season ranked 23rd in the league in run defense and have since released linebackers AJ Hawk and Brad Jones. 

Kendricks lacks the bulk of a traditional 3-4 inside linebacker but his instincts, speed and ball-skills could be the quick fix GM Ted Thompson is looking for.



Strengths & Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Like big brother Mychal (Eagles), Eric is instinctive, aggressive and a more explosive hitter than his frame suggests. Closes quickly and with force. Light on his feet. Has good agility, flexibility and balance, especially as a pass rusher. Has the quickness and fluidity to be effective in coverage. 

WEAKNESSES: Compact, powerful frame but lacks ideal length. Relies on agility to avoid blockers, rarely taking them on and shedding. Scheme allowed him to run unimpeded to the ball. Highly aggressive, which can work against him. 


Compares To: Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks -- Too small for some schemes but Kendricks' instincts, physicality and improved awareness in coverage make him a true three-down defender with the potential to earn Pro Bowl recognition in the right defense. 


--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang 



Player Overview
Between Eric, older brother Mychal (California, Philadelphia Eagles) and father, Marvin (former UCLA and CFL running back), the Kendricks' have been terrorizing Pac-12 opponents for decades. 

Eric Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012, his first full season as starter for the Bruins. Voted a team captain last year, Kendricks again led the team in tackles (106) despite the fact that he missed two games and was limited in a variety of others due to lingering shoulder and ankle issues


Kendricks capped off his spectacular career by earning the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, leading the country with 101 solo tackles among 149 total stops. 


Critics can quibble about the talent surrounding him at UCLA, but Kendricks is a football magnet with his instinctive read-react quickness and relentless motor to finish. 
He lacks a "wow" skill set but routinely shows up at the ball and is a highly underrated prospect, worthy of top 50 consideration. 
ERIC KENDRICKS tops the list -per CBS Sports
Packers sign ILB  JOSH FRANCIS
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers have gone a different route to add to their depth at inside linebacker, announcing the signing of Josh Francis, who most recently played for the Wichita Falls Nighthawks of the Indoor Football League. In 2014, Francis was on the roster of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

Francis began his college football career at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania before playing his final two years at West Virginia. He had 54 tackles, including a team-high 15 for a loss, with 4.5 sacks as a senior in 2012 when he was a Big 12 honorable mention selection by the media.

Francis, 6-foot and 238 pounds, will be recognized as a first-year player with the Packers. He previously had a tryout with the Lions in their rookie minicamp in May 2013.

Green Bay recently released veteran inside linebackers A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones already this offseason, making an already weak position now lack any depth. 

Before signing Francis, the Packers' only inside linebackers under contract for next season were Sam Barrington and Carl Bradford.

At 6-0, 238, Josh is almost identical in size to Eric KendricksPaul Dawson, and Mike Hull, three highly-rated ILBs in this 2015 Draft, as well as 2010 ILB Navorro Bowman and 2012 draftee Bobby Wagner of the Seahawks. So size is NOT an issue, whatsoever.

Josh can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/iamROADCLOSED

Packer fans, give him a heartfelt welcome. He's a good dude and has some legit ability. Remember the paths that guys like Kurt Warner, London Fletcher, Sam Mills, and James Harrison took. Not everyone makes it big right away.

FLASHBACK

03/24/13 - 2013 West Virginia Pro Day: 

Josh Francis, OLB (5-11 3/4, 228) 

- Francis is a really good athlete that will find himself in demand in the latter stages of the draft or as a high-priority undrafted free agent. 
The linebacker clocked in at 4.77 and 4.72 seconds for the 40-yard dash. He measured a 10-foot-5 in the broad jump and pumped out 25 strength lifts. 
He’s the kind of athlete that will make a good special teams player. 

- Gil Brandt, NFL.com 
BULAGA staying, reaches 5-year deal
COBB staying put, reaches 4-year deal for $40 Million
HOUSE leaves for Jacksonville

BARCLAY, RICARDSON, and BANJO tendered
BOYKIN & DuJUAN HARRIS not

The Packers kept their 2 high-priority free agents today and yesterday with Bryan Bulaga and Randall Cobb choosing to stay in Green Bay, for less money than offered elsewhere, apparently.

But Davon House received an offer from Jacksonville that he couldn't refuse, so he's been lost to the Jaguars.

That might increase the chances that the Packers will pay the price to keep Tramon Williams as Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson probably do not want to lose two veteran starting-quality cornerbacks at the same time, especially with how Sam Shields missed some time last year with a non-contact knee injury.

Jarrett Boykin only caught three passes last season, with the rookie
Davante Adams taking hold of the #3 WR spot.

Jared Abbrederis was expected to be a factor too, but he tore his ACL
before preseason started. The third rookie WR from last year, Jeff Janis,
might be a factor too this year. So they felt that Boykin was expendable
and they may be right.

Still, look for the Packers to draft at least one WR, probably a speed guy
who can help at kick return, where DuJuan Harris bogged things down
last year. Harris was not tendered, so it seems his days as a Packer
might be over. 


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Q & A with JOSH FRANCIS
Ted Thompson doesn't wait for the draft to bolster his team. Thompson recently signed Josh Francis, inside linebacker from West Virginia by way of Wichita Falls & Winnipeg of the Indoor and CFL leagues.

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
NEW MOCK April 19