Packers sign LB Jordan Tripp : Packers Insider

Packers sign LB Jordan Tripp

December 14, 2016 by  
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Posted by Brian E Murphy, from Packers.com

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Third-year linebacker has 18 tackles in 32 career games

The Green Bay Packers have signed LB Jordan Tripp. The transaction was announced Wednesday by Ted Thompson, Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations.

Tripp, a 6-foot-3, 234-pound third-year player out of the University of Montana, was originally selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round (171st overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

After appearing in 13 games as rookie for the Dolphins, he was released on Sept. 5, 2015. Tripp was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad on Sept. 22, 2015, and then was promoted to the active roster on Oct. 10, 2015, where he started one of 12 games played and totaled seven tackles (five solo) and a team-high seven special teams tackles.

In 2016, he was released by the Jaguars after training camp and spent time on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad and active roster, appearing in seven games with one start before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 3 and then reaching an injury settlement on Dec. 9. Tripp will wear No. 58 for the Packers.

DRAFT PROFILE

DRAFT ANALYSIS:

“He’s really fun to watch. He can really run, sideline to sideline. Last year, we saw some more edge rush from him. He is a very versatile guy. Tripp can be outstanding on special teams.” — Daniel Jeremiah

OVERVIEW

Montana native whose father and grandfather also played for the Grizzlies. Jordan also ran track in high school. Was primarily a special-teams player as a true freshman in 2009 (wore jersey No. 44), tallying 23 tackles, zero for loss and zero sacks in 15 games. In ’10, started 9 of 11 games at strong-side linebacker and was credited with 99-9-3.5 with three pass breakups and an interception return for a touchdown.

In ’11, managed 18-1.5-0 in three starts at SLB before suffering a season-ending torn right labrum injury. Moved to the weak side in ’12 and started all 11 games, notching 95-13.5-5.5 with two pass breakups, an interception, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery touchdown. Started all 13 games at WLB in ’13, registering 100-5.5-2 with two pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble, a blocked kick and a fumble recovery touchdown. Two-time team captain. Wore Montana’s legacy jersey No. 37 his final two seasons. Participated in East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS

Triggers fast downhill vs. the run. Diagnoses quickly and is around the ball a lot. Outstanding motor, intensity and effort. Extremely competitive. Very tough. Outstanding weight-room work ethic. Sculpted with very minimal body fat. Elected team captain. Exceptional character. Emergency long snapper (started all four years). Has a special-teams temperament. Takes the game very seriously. Athleticism was on display at the combine — paced linebackers with a 3.96-second short shuttle, recorded a 6.89-second 3-cone drill and vertical jumped 37 1/2 inches.

WEAKNESSES

Has short flappers and gets stuck on blocks. Can do a better job using his hands to stack and shed. Plays a bit too out of control. Tightness shows up in space trying to break down and secure open-field tackles (misses too many). Wound tight in coverage and not quick to redirect (allows separation).

DRAFT PROJECTION

Rounds 5-6

BOTTOM LINE

A tough, determined, competitive overachiever capable of earning a job as a backup linebacker and special-teams performer.

-Nolan Nawrocki

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