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The Book on Packers Sixth-Round Pick Kennard Backman

Kennard Backman

With their third and final sixth-round pick, the Green Bay Packers selected UAB tight end Kennard Backman.

The Packers needed some depth at the tight end position after releasing Brandon Bostick and they may have gotten it with Backman.

Interestingly, Backman was projected to go undrafted, but this isn’t the first time Ted Thompson has drafted someone higher than everyone else felt he should have.

It’s pretty obvious why Backman was likely going to go undrafted until the Packers showed up — there is nothing about him that’s outstanding.

He doesn’t have great size at 6-3, 258.

His stats are pretty underwhelming as well. Backman caught 39 passes for 399 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. His four-year totals at UAB are 96 catches for 979 yards and nine touchdowns.

And this is from a guy whose primary job was to catch the ball.

Yes, that’s correct. Backman is considered an awful blocker.

Frankly, based on what we’ve gathered thus far, we’d be surprised if he even makes the Packers roster.

Here’s the NFL.com scouting report.

Lacks the prototypical measurements teams want from a move tight end and he’s simply not an effective enough blocker to be considered as anything more than an H-­back.

You know this guy has a highlight video, though!

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.



  1. Richard May 2, 2015

    So he’s gonna be awesome, as long as he learns how to catch and block. probably an excellent lacrosse player though. All about that versatility…

  2. ferris May 2, 2015

    Bring back Colt. He may be doped up but has caught a few balls.

  3. Bobby d May 2, 2015

    Teddy’s on fire!

  4. RUPackFan May 2, 2015

    Kinda looks lazy to me. Only twice did I see him actually beat a defender instead of getting tackled or run out of bounds right after the catch (not including end zone plays) and that was a sweet block for the running qb but it wasn’t on the guy who was gunna make it to the qb
    don’t see this guy making the team over guys we’ve already got

  5. Fritz May 2, 2015

    doesn’t have great size… WTF?
    then maybe he can be converted to an ILB?

  6. billybong May 2, 2015

    practice squad or more likely cut….

  7. Fritz May 2, 2015

    for what it is worth, the nfl network released draft “approval ratings” [according to fans, in the words of nfl network; how they polled a representative selection of fans was not made clear]: the results for NFC North were:

    1. 90% approval: Vikes
    2. 82% approval: Lions
    3 78% approval: Packers
    4. 69% approval: Bears [LOL!]

  8. Shawn Neuser May 4, 2015

    I see highlights of him running the seam route. That is a stretch the field type of route. When they talk about “size” they must be referring to height because he has pretty good size at 260. A big dude that can run a little. We’ll see.