Green Bay Packers rookie offensive tackle David Bakhtiari will have a busy day Sunday courtesy of Justin and Aldon Smith of the San Francisco Forty-Niners. Bakhtiari left college a year early to enter the pros but he knew that decision would mean he would have to work very hard to secure a spot on the team as a starter.
“I didn’t leave school early to enter the draft to come and be a backup on the team. That’s not someone’s mentality. Whether it happens or not, that’s left up to the coaches … for me I came in here, wanted to compete and whatever opportunities were given I try and maximize them.”
And maximize them he did. Bakhtiari, a rookie out of Colorado, eventually won the starting left tackle job after Bryan Bulaga injured his knee in a scrimmage in early August.
Two guys that are part of the stingy Forty-Niners defense who plan to make it a tough day for him are the Smith boys. Aldon Smith registered 19.5 sacks last year as a linebacker and presents a threat to Rodgers’ blindside. Justin Smith, a big physical defensive tackle, presents another threat from Rodgers’ left. Justin was able to grab three sacks last year before getting injured.
While these two guys are a pain for even veteran offensive tackles, the one-hundredth-nine pick, Bakhtiari remains confident he can help protect our quarterback.
Bakhtiari won’t need luck tomorrow because luck is for the unprepared.
Enjoy your debut, Packers Nation.
We can’t wait.