Green Bay Packers: Thoughts on the First 3 Rounds of the Draft

Bob FoxContributor IMay 2, 2015

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson talks about the team's first round draft choice Bryan Bulaga during an NFL Draft event at Lambeau Field Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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On the first two nights of the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers have selected two defensive backs and also a wide receiver/kickoff returner.

On Thursday night, the Packers selected defensive back Damarious Randall of Arizona State. While that was a very surprising move to many, including myself, that selection has grown on me.

I wrote about how the Packers kept things close to the vest and under the radar when they made that pick in stealth fashion.

The reason the pick was so surprising is that Randall played safety for the Sun Devils. But the 5'11", 196-pound Randall has the size and speed of a cornerback, and that is where the Packers intend to use him.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Randall had a nice workout, as he ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and also excelled in both the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle.

In the second round, the Packers decided to bring aboard another defensive back when they selected Quinten Rollins of MiamiΒ of Ohio. I've had my eye on Rollins for quite some time.

Quinten Rollins
Quinten RollinsJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

In fact, I had the Packers selecting him in my final mock draft. The 5'11", 195-pound Rollins reminds me a lot of former Packer Tramon Williams.

Both are about the same size. Both ran the same time in the 40. And both have exceptional skills in reacting quickly to passes thrown in their area.

Rollins had seven interceptions in the only year he played college football. Before then, he was the starting point guard for the basketball team.

NFL scout Chris Landry gave me his take on Rollins.

"The one guy that I want people to remember just for the future is Quinten Rollins of Miami of Ohio," Landry said. "He played one year of football. He was the starting point guard of Miami of Ohio's basketball team.

"This guy has got really natural instinctive qualities, even though he doesn't know what he's doing. This guy is going to end up being an outstanding corner at the next level. And I think you are going to get him at real good value in the second round.

"If he would have played like a couple or more years, we would be talking about a top-15 or top-20 pick."

That's pretty high praise.

In the third round, the Packers selected wide receiver/kick returner Ty Montgomery of Stanford. I've had my eye on Montgomery as well for some time.

I had the Packers selecting Montgomery in my second-to-last mock draft.

In his career as a member of the Cardinal, the 6'0", 221-pound Montgomery had 172 catches for 2,125 yards and 15 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

Montgomery has a similar build to former Packer Sterling Sharpe. He's a very tough runner, and he used that skill to rush for 303 yards the past two years with three touchdowns.

But the area in which Montgomery really excels is kick returning.

Ty Montgomery
Ty MontgomeryJohn David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Montgomery averaged 27.4 yards per return on kickoffs in his careerΒ at Stanford and had three touchdowns.

Last season he also returned punts, and he brought two of them back for touchdowns. He also had a whopping 19.8-yard average on returns.

General manager Ted Thompson talked about the selections of Rollins and Montgomery to the media.

"Quite frankly, we kind of set a plan here," Thompson said. "It's a simple plan, but we wanted to make sure we got football players. We think we got a couple more tonight."

So, what does this all mean for the Packers moving forward?

For one, it means the Packers are serious about replenishing the talent and depth in the secondary.

It also means that with all three selections the Packers definitely want to improve their special teams play in 2015, a year afterΒ finishing 32nd in the league based on the data put together by Rick Gosselin of TheΒ Dallas Morning News.

Finally, it also means that the Packers must be very happy with the second-year progress of Carl Bradford at inside linebacker, a point that Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel made recently.

I believe the Packers will address the depth at inside linebacker in the final day of draft. Perhaps they can select someone like Jake Ryan of Michigan, who can play both inside and outside linebacker.

But it certainly appears that the Packers are satisfied that Bradford has a real chance to break out in his second year at inside linebacker, similar to what Sam Barrington did last year.


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