Packers: Re-grading the 2015 draft class six years on

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Oh, what a disaster. OK, enough about the Chicago Bears’ offseason.

Unfortunately, I’m talking about the Green Bay Packers‘ 2015 draft. After a couple of good draft classes in ’13 and ’14, they missed big time in ’15.

Green Bay had eight picks in total. Let’s take a look back.

Packers 2015 draft class

  • Round 1 (30): Damarious Randall, S
  • Round 2 (62): Quinten Rollins, CB
  • Round 3 (94): Ty Montgomery, WR
  • Round 4 (129): Jake Ryan, LB
  • Round 5 (147): Brett Hundley, QB
  • Round 6 (206): Aaron Ripkowski, FB
  • Round 6 (210): Christian Ringo, DE
  • Round 6 (213): Kennard Backman, TE

Final grade: F

After losing Tramon Williams and Davon House in free agency, cornerback was a need entering the draft. The Packers doubled-down by selecting Damarious Randall, a safety they would convert to corner, along with Quinten Rollins.

All we need to say is there’s a reason why the Packers drafted Kevin King in 2017, then selected Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson, while also bringing back Tramon Williams in ’18.

Randall made some big plays in his three-year run in Green Bay, making 10 interceptions with two touchdowns, and 32 pass defenses. But he made far too many mistakes and was traded to the Cleveland Browns for DeShone Kizer with one year remaining on his rookie deal.

Rollins also had a pick-six in his rookie season but struggled throughout his time with the Packers. They tried to convert him to safety but later moved on. Rollins has been out of the league since 2019.

Ty Montgomery was converted to running back when the Packers lost Eddie Lacy and James Starks to injury, and he started well with 457 yards and three touchdowns down the stretch in 2016. But he’d lose playing time to Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams the following season and was eventually traded to the Baltimore Ravens after making a costly fumble against the Los Angeles Rams.

Jake Ryan started 27 games for the Packers but wasn’t the answer at inside linebacker and wasn’t re-signed after his rookie deal.

Brett Hundley was the backup behind Aaron Rodgers for much of his time in Green Bay but did have to start nine games in 2017. Green Bay went 3-6 in that time, with Hundley throwing nine touchdowns with 12 interceptions.

Six years on, no player from the draft class is still on the team. The Packers landed no Pro Bowlers, no star players, and most players from this class were gone after their rookie contract, or before.