NEW YORK, NY (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Packers selected Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga with their 1st-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft Thursday.
Bulaga played left guard in his true freshman year in 2007, and was a starter by mid-season. In 2008, he made the transition to left tackle and started every game at that position for the Hawkeyes. He earned a second team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.
In 2009, Bulaga was listed at No. 3 on Rivals.com′s preseason offensive tackle power ranking. He was also named to the 2009 Outland Trophy watch list. After missing three games with a thyroid condition, Bulaga started all remaining games for the Hawkeyes, including 24–14 win over Georgia Tech in the 2010 Orange Bowl. He was named the Big Ten's 2009 offensive lineman of the year.
According to the NFL.com scouting report, Bulaga is a good, not a great, talent as a left tackle. Like most Iowa linemen he will come into the league with a good understanding of the game as well as the position he plays. He understands angles and blocking schemes and is quick to recognize and adjust to games up front. He is quick to set the edge and knows how to get a good fit with his hands but will struggle when speed rushers transfer that speed into power. He can be inconsistent with his footwork and is not an elite athlete for the position but there is enough there to make an eventual starter at left tackle.
Listen to Bulaga's press conference call below: