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Packers Draft Recap, Day 3: Green Bay looks long-term with final five picks

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The Packers grabbed one player who they hope will contribute immediately, an athletic quarterback, and a possible successor to John Kuhn.

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On Day 3 of the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers continued to use the existing depth on their roster as an advantage, enabling them to select the best player available. Although they addressed positions of need at inside linebacker and tight end, waiting until the later rounds to do so suggests that they're confident with the players that they already have at those positions. In the 5th round, the Packers took a long-term project at quarterback in Brett Hundley, who will work under Mike McCarthy and try to become the primary backup to Aaron Rodgers.

Out of all the players taken on Day 3, fourth-round pick Jake Ryan is the one that the Packers would like to contribute immediately. Ryan's underrated game speed and coverage ability should be a nice addition to the middle of the defense.

The Packers special teams unit was the worst of the three last season, but almost every one of their picks in this draft has a chance to be utilized by Ron Zook. Ty Montgomery will compete for return duties, as could Damarious Randall. Quinten Rollins is capable of delivering some big time hits and it would be fun to watch him in kick or punt coverage. Because it's yet to be seen if Datone Jones will play up to his potential as a first-round pick, Christian Ringo will be a player to keep an eye on throughout training camp. Defensive line was arguably the most significant need behind cornerback and inside linebacker, so it would be nice to see Ringo provide some competition for Jones. Mike Neal and Jayrone Elliott can play some defensive end in sub packages, but the Packers could use depth at the position behind Jones, who missed three games last season.

The other two 6th-round selections were fullback Aaron Ripkowski and tight end Kennard Backman. Backman will likely have to earn a roster spot on special teams and Ripowski could succeed John Kuhn following the veteran's one-year deal. If there's one area in which the Packers offense can improve, it's in the red zone. This draft just wasn't deep at the tight end position, so the development of Richard Rodgers takes on more importance.