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Monday mailbag: What Jake Ryan means for Clay Matthews

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With the NFL draft in the rear-view mirror, we have a better idea what the 2015 Green Bay Packers will look like.

So in this rare Monday edition of the mailbag, we'll discuss:

  • Whether the addition of fourth-round pick Jake Ryan will allow Clay Matthews to return to outside linebacker full time.

  • Sean Richardson's possible expanded role on defense.

  • What Brett Hundley means for Scott Tolzien's future.

  • The best, worst picks from this draft.

  • Grades for past drafts.

As always, you can submit questions for future mailbags via Twitter using the hashtag #PackersMail.

Demovsky: Coach Mike McCarthy said after the draft that Matthews has been meeting with both the inside and outside linebacker groups since the offseason program began on April 20. That's not likely to change now. If it was not clear at the time, it has become clear now that McCarthy and Dom Capers loved the idea of using Matthews in both spots. And it makes sense to utilize your most dynamic defensive player in a variety of ways. If Ryan shows he can play right away, then Matthews could play more on the outside. But there's certainly no urgency to play him right away. The way things look now, Matthews' role will be similar at the start of this season to what it was at the end of last year.

Demovsky: That's very possible. When the Packers matched the Oakland Raiders' $2.55 million restricted free agent offer sheet, they told Richardson that they would like to get him more involved in the defense. Last year, his only regular role was in the seldom-used "Big Okie" package -- a variation of the base 3-4 defense in which Richardson replaced one of the starting cornerbacks in order to give the Packers a better run-stopping unit. At 6-foot-2 and 216 pounds, Richardson certainly has the size to play close to the line of scrimmage like a linebacker.

Demovsky: Not for 2015. It would be a major surprise if Hundley were able to come in this season and be the No. 2 quarterback. There's just too much to learn and not enough time to do it. The Packers like Tolzien's progress and fully expect him to be Aaron Rodgers' backup this season. Now, if Tolzien doesn't perform well, it's a different story. But the Packers did not draft Hundley in the fifth round to bump Tolzien out of the way this season. They will almost certainly keep three quarterbacks again this season.

Demovsky: I know this: the Packers' scouts were ecstatic with the first two picks – defensive backs Damarious Randall (first round) and Quinten Rollins (second round). They think they landed a couple of the best coverage players in the draft. The biggest surprise of the lot would have to be the fullback, Aaron Ripkowski of Oklahoma, in the sixth round. There was no indication the Packers planned to move on from John Kuhn, who is coming off a Pro Bowl season and was re-signed last month. Perhaps they think Ripkowski can become a core special teams player like Kuhn was earlier in his career.

Demovsky: That's a great question, given how we always say it takes a year or three to judge a draft. All three of those drafts have one thing in college: little impact from the first-round pick. The 2011 first-rounder, Derek Sherrod, is already gone, while Nick Perry (2012) and Datone Jones (2013) haven't been full-time starters. If not for second-round pick Randall Cobb, the only remaining player from the 2011 draft, it would be a total washout. But one Pro Bowl player isn't enough to save an entire class, so it's safe to give that draft a D. The 2012 draft looks only slightly better thanks to second-round pick Casey Hayward and fourth-rounder Mike Daniels, so we'll go C-minus there. The 2013 draft looks like it's clearly the best of those three (even if that's not saying much) with second-rounder Eddie Lacy, fourth-rounder David Bakhtiari, fifth-rounders Micah Hyde and Josh Boyd plus seventh-rounder Sam Barrington. That's a solid B. I wonder what we'll think of the 2015 draft in a year or three.