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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #23 Green Bay

Green Bay looks to bounce back after a tough playoff loss in the first round to the Arizona Cardinals. Optimism reigns supreme though. QB Aaron Rodgers has become the QB many in Green Bay they thought he could be. The Packers look to keep pace in the tough NFC North with Minnesota. To do so, they must find better ways to protect Rodgers and fortify a weak secondary.

And with the 23rd pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers select,

OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa


Are you as suprised as I am he fell this low? I am. Other teams had other needs not just at OT, but elsewhere. Thats what happens in a draft so far..a player goes undrafted and falls because teams adress their needs with the best available player on their draft board.

I found this interesting read on Bulaga from the Green Bay Press Gazette written just after the scouting combine. In the article, the writer sings praises for Bulaga, but is not happy that the secret is out on this prospect the Packers would fall under the radar..

Any small hopes the Green Bay Packers might have had for Iowa left tackle Bryan Bulaga being on the board when they select at No. 23 overall in this year’s draft probably have been shot at the NFL scouting combine this week.

Bulaga likely will be among the top 20 picks, and a good chance a little higher, now that teams know his arm length and have had a chance to confirm his health status.

Though Bulaga is impressive on videotape, some teams were slightly concerned he might have short arms similar to former Iowa left tackle Robert Gallery, who was the second pick overall by Oakland in the 2004 draft. Gallery, whose arm length was only 32 inches, ended up a major bust at tackle in part because his short arms made it difficult for him to keep his hands on pass rushers and now plays guard.

Bulaga, though, had his arms measured at 33¼ inches Thursday at the combine. Though not long, that’s considered long enough.

FFToolBox offered this scouting report on Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga is the latest in a long line of talented offensive linemen from the University of Iowa. Bulaga began his career at left guard where he started five of the seven games he played in as a freshmen. As a sophomore, he took over at left tackle, starting all 13 of Iowa’s games last season. Bulaga has started all five games he’s appeared in this season. He missed three games early in the year, but it shouldn’t effect his draft status because he was ill, not injured. Bulaga has very quick feet for a big offensive lineman and uses his long arms to ride speed rushers right out of plays. He is not as strong as fellow Big ten linemen Joe Thomas or Jake Long, but he’s still very young and has time to develop. Bulaga’s run blocking has also improved steadily over the last two seasons. He is no longer satisfied just blocking the man in front of him, he moves on to the next level and tries to get a block on a linebacker as well. The best fit for Bulaga would be on a zone blocking team in the NFL, because of his familiarity with the system. Bulaga and his fellow offensive linemen played an outstanding game against Georgia Tech to end the season

The NFL’s newest guest list..

23. Green Bay Packers- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the Philadelphia Eagles


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