The Forgotten Class – 2015 NFL Draft

The Forgotten Class – 2015 NFL Draft
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Remarkably, after three years since the 2015 NFL Draft every Packer selection from that year have either been traded, remain on the IR list or have been released. 

It has been the worst year of selection for the Packers in recent memory, but where did it all go so wrong? 

Damarious Randall – Cornerback

Damarious Randall was selected 30th overall in the 2015 Draft. His talent was never questionable in honesty, what with him being a top ranked safety in the NCAA leading his team in tackles (106), interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (4). 

The Packers however, elected to play him as a corner rather than safety, the position he dominated in collegiate football. Despite playing relatively well for the Packers in his short stint with the team, he is rumoured to have been a nightmare in the locker room. Thus, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for back-up QB, DeShone Kizer, as well as exchanging fourth and fifth-round picks respectively. 

Quinten Rollins – Cornerback

Quinten Rollins played just one-year of collegiate football for the Miami Redhawks, within which he recorded 72 tackles and 7 interceptions. For this he was awarded the MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award. 

The Packers selected Rollins with the 62nd overall pick in the draft. However, his career has been riddled with injuries, even from the start, when he missed three weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury. 

In an effort to save Quinten’s career they attempted to shift him to safety as well as pursuing a role as a punt returner on the team. However, in a preseason fixture against the Chiefs, Rollins sprained his hamstring once more. He was subsequently released shortly thereafter. 

Ty Montgomery II – Running Back

After capturing the Pac-12 Championship twice at the University of Stanford, Montgomery was drafted initially as a wide receiver, however switched to running back for the 2016 season. 

Montgomery was utilised as a dual-threat running back through his time in Wisconsin, however, he was also a successful return specialist. Unfortunately, for Montgomery, he fumbled the ball in a crucial game against the Rams this past Sunday in a pivotal spot in the game. 

As a result, the Packers off-loaded him to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. 

Jake Ryan – Linebacker 

Jake Ryan was selected 129th overall. He’s best known for his tackling abilities, producing 206 total tackles in 43 games. 

On the other hand, he has often suffered with injuries, his latest being a torn ACL which eradicated his hopes of playing a role in the 2018 season. 

Brett Hundley – Quarterback

Brett Hundley was selected 147th overall after being the school’s career leader in total offence and touchdowns passes.

He was able to obtain 15 appearances for the Packers across two years, when Aaron Rodgers was sidelined due to injury. Within those he obtained a total pass completion percentage of 59.8, throwing 9 touchdowns  but conceding 13 interceptions in the process. 

He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on August 29th for a sixth-round pick in the 2019 Draft. 

Aaron Ripkowski – Fullback

Ripkowski was selected in the sixth-round of the draft and was blessed by learning from veteran fullback and 3x Pro Bowler, John Kuhn. 

After Kuhn refrained from re-signing with the team, Ripkowski became the starter and gained even more snaps with injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Starks. 

Despite amassing 163 yards on just 39 carries, as well as notching 3 total touchdowns, Aaron Ripkowski was released on September 1st, 2018. He remains a free agent. 

Christian Ringo – Defensive Tackle

Ringo was selected 210th overall but failed to contribute to the team, playing on the practice squad until September 5th, 2017 when he was released. The Bengals claimed him off waivers but he has since bounced around the league. 

Kennard Backman – Tight End

Kennard Backman was selected in the seventh round of the draft and only participated in seven games, primarily on special teams. He too has bounced around the league, having featured on both the Patriots and Lions’ practice squads. He remains a free agent

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