Photo of Kennard Backman
Drafted By: Packers
4.75 ?

Draft Analysis:

Backman is a one-dimensional H-back type who may need to earn a roster spot on special teams. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 6'3" Height
  • 258LBS. Weight



Not the biggest target, but well-­built and plays bigger than listed size when catching in traffic. Shows agility in the seam with an ability to adjust to poorly thrown balls. Quality hands and can secure in traffic. Puts head down and churns out as many yards after catch as he can. Solid, four­-year performer.


Upright route runner too easily stymied by contact off snap. Gets no separation out of his rounded breaks. Radar is severely lacking as run blocker. Leaner who will miss or slide off of intended target. Doesn't work into proper position to seal and needs to have tackle help in pass protection.

Draft Projection


Bottom Line

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.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.