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The Book on Packers Sixth-Round Pick Aaron Ripkowski

Aaron Ripkowski

In the sixth round of the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers selected Oklahoma fullback Aaron Ripkowski.

You know, the fill their pressing need for multiple fullbacks.

Seriously, we knew the Packers were interested in Ripkowski because they had him in for a pre-draft visit. He was considered by a lot of people to be the top fullback in the draft, although he wasn’t the first one selected. That guy was Alabama’s Jalston Fowler, who went to Tennessee in round four. Rutgers’ Michael Burton also went ahead of Ripkowski — to Detroit in round five.

At any rate, the Packers likely have their current or future replacement for John Kuhn.

We say current, because why would any NFL team keep two fullbacks on their roster? Of course, we should point out that the Packers actually kept three fullbacks for multiple years. They just like to defy logic like that.

At any rate, Ripkowski is 6-1, 257 and he certainly isn’t going to wow you with his stats.

He had just six carries for 13 yards and three touchdowns in 2014. He added seven receptions for 38 yards and another touchdown.

Ripkowski can hit some fools though. That’s obviously why he’s in Green Bay.

That, and we have to think, his name. Aaron Ripkowski was born to play fullback for the Green Bay Packers. So now you’ll be able to chant “Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip!” after the Packers release “Kuuuuuuuuuuuhn!”

That’s what’s really important here. That the Packers have a big, white fullback whose name you can yell twice per game.

Here’s the NFL.com scouting report.

Old-school blocking back who will have a hit or two each game that wows the crowd and gets his teammates fired up. He often charges in head-first and with a lowered head, so his success rate can vary greatly from game to game. Lack of pass-catching background hurts his chances.

Here’s a video of probably every play Ripkowski ever made at Oklahoma.

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Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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10 Comments

  1. Richard May 2, 2015

    Classic Thompson. Makes me want to break the TV. Then the Colts go grab and ILB one pick later

  2. Richard May 2, 2015

    Bryce Hager was still on the board to. He could’ve probably been starting for this defense sooner than later

  3. Cheese May 2, 2015

    I think Ted is trying to make this the most pointless draft ever. A fullback? Is Kuhn even signed to the roster right now? Not like we need his two plays a game that go for -1 to 1 yard gains just so the crowd can oooo his name. So that means we will use this guy literally never unless it’s special teams. This whole draft has been back ups, conversion projects, and special teams players.

    1. Fritz May 2, 2015

      why don’t you become a vike-queens fan… then you can ooooh and ahhhh over the fabulous talent that was picked twenty spots up from TT each round!

  4. sloth May 2, 2015

    I guess this is part of the focus on special teams. Bye bye Kuhn

    1. Phatgzus May 2, 2015

      May help with short-yardage/goalline situations as well.

      1. Shawn Neuser May 3, 2015

        Exactly. Kuhn has been useless in such situations the last couple years. Say hello to Lacy behind Ripkowski on the goal line.

  5. billybong May 2, 2015

    Riiiiiiiip!!!!! Thank god that draft is over…least excited I’ve ever been for a Packer draft, the rest of the division had some nice drafts so this could be a nice tight fight this year….now Teddy does his best work….UDFA’s!!!!!! hahaha….cant wait for the excitement….i still say he’s going get spikes….

  6. Richard Crainium May 3, 2015

    You don’t know shit from peanut butter billabong…

  7. Big Gay Clay May 4, 2015

    Remember how we couldn’t score in the redzone last year? Does the NFC championship ring a bell? We had numerous chances but couldn’t get it done. This pick makes sense.