Packers conclude draft by selecting DL Ringo, TE Backman

The Packers' final draft selection on Saturday was UAB product Kennard Backman (left), a tight end who had 39 receptions last season. A few picks earlier, Green Bay added stout defensive lineman Christian Ringo, of Louisiana-Lafayette.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Ted Thompson had a busy 20 minutes, making three selections in a span of eight picks to conclude the sixth round.

After beginning with fullback Aaron Ripkowski (No. 206), the Green Bay Packers drafted defensive lineman Christian Ringo at No. 210 and tight end Kennard Backman at No. 213.

Ringo, listed at 6-feet tall and 298 pounds out of Louisiana-Layfayette, was a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection. He had 11.5 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Thompson said Ringo will play defensive end in the Packers’ base scheme.

Backman, at 6-2 and 258 pounds, had a team-high 39 receptions for 399 yards and three touchdowns as a senior. He’ll join a Green Bay tight end group that is led by Richard Rodgers and Andrew Quarless.


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