David Bakhtiari … where he ranks
In a post published by our own Josh McPeak this past January, he put forth some statistics to consider about Bakhtiari when we think about what he brings to this unit.
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Here’s what McPeak had to say:
"Bakhtari started all 16 games for the Packers as a rookie in 2013. When he announced he was leaving the University of Colorado as a red-shirt junior, it came as quiet a surprise to many. Even though he managed to make the second-team all-Pac 12 as the left tackle, the Buffalos were a terrible team, finishing 1-11. In 17 starts during his rookie campaign PFF has Bakhtiari responsible for 10 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, 5 quarterback hits and 13 penalties. The 2013 NFL campaign was plagued by injuries for the Packers and the durable Bakhtiari took advantage of the situation. David Bakhtiari would again start all 16 games as the Packers’ left tackle during the 2014 season. His season would be vastly improved on an offensive line that only allowed Aaron Rodgers to be sacked 28 times. He would improve in every category, allowing only 6 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, 18 quarterback hurries and only 9 penalties. Bakhtiari played in 95.8 percent of the offensive snaps on the season – 623 of those snaps were spent solely pass blocking for a an All-Pro quarterback who threw for 4,381 yard, 38 touchdowns to only 5 interceptions – a season good enough to land Bakhtiari as an alternate on the NFC Pro Bowl roster."
Should he stay healthy, Bakhtiari will be the Packers starting left tackle for as long as he is able to play.
Ted Thompson loves those mid-level draft choices … especially when picking offensive linemen. Bakhtiari was a fourth-rounder back in 2013 and is another of those gems who has been solid for the Green Bay Packers.