16. Bryan Bulaga (Freddie’s pick)
Of the Packers’ starting quintet along the offensive line, Bryan Bulaga is the only one selected on day one of the draft. Bulaga was a first-round pick in 2010, and he has been a reliable member of the offensive line since, assuming he’s healthy.
Unfortunately for Bulaga, injuries have held him back throughout his career, ranging from a torn ACL to a fractured hip. When healthy however, there’s no doubting his talent. Bulaga can play at left or right tackle, with his most recent work coming on the right-hand side with David Bakhtiari protecting Aaron Rodgers’ blindside.
Bulaga has been unsung hero at times in the trenches, helping open many running lanes for Eddie Lacy while keeping Rodgers upright. You only have to look at last season’s game in Oakland. Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack was coming into the game on the back of a five-sack game the week before.
Bulaga gave up a sack to Mack on a second-effort move, but that was his only success all game long. Bulaga did such a good job that Mack was forced to move to the other side to try and get after Rodgers.
When healthy, Bulaga is a reliable piece to the Packers’ offensive line. Assuming he can avoid injury in 2016, Rodgers will be a happy man.
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