The Packers cut A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones prior to the draft, with Ted Thompson gambling that he'd be able to find a rookie replacement. In nabbing Ryan in the fourth round, Thompson may have accomplished just that.
NFL teams that missed out on a talented 2015 crop of pass rushers could have one final opportunity to land a rookie with the 6-foot-5, 238 pound Caldwell taking steps to make himself eligible for the 2015 Supplemental Draft. The well-traveled Caldwell dominated the Gulf South Conference last year, recording 18.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
With the reigning MVP still residing in Green Bay, the Packers remain the NFC North's best team and a Super Bowl favorite but steady progress is being made in Minnesota, where another strong haul of defensive prospects could make the Vikings surprisingly tough in 2015.
The Green Bay Packers have nine picks for the second consecutive draft and general manager Ted Thompson historically takes advantage of every pick. NFLDraftScout.com eyes options for the Packers with all nine picks.
Representatives from the four clubs included Denver quarterback Gregg Knapp and Tennessee's scout Tim Ruskell, a former general manager. The scouts were on hand to watch Northwestern quarterback Trevor Siemian, a 6-foot-3, 220 pounder who wasn't able to participate in all-star games or the Combine after suffering a torn ACL in November.