David Bakhtiari is aiming for his fifth All-Pro selection in a row.
He’s been a starter since his rookie season, only missing six games in his NFL career. He rarely misses time and is also consistently one of the best left tackles in the NFL.
But the Packers’ star pass-protector is now entering a contract year.
Bakhtiari’s 2019 season was just like the previous three. Dominant. For half a decade, Bakhtiari has consistently been one of the NFL’s best pass-protectors and this was no different in 2019.
According to ESPN, Bakhtiari had a pass block win rate of 96 percent, the highest of all tackles last season.
He was named a second-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowler. It’s the fourth year in a row Bakhtiari has been an All-Pro.
Odds of making roster: 100 percent
Bakhtiari is the best left tackle in football. He’s arguably the most important player on the team not named Aaron Rodgers.
What to expect in 2020?
First of all, hopefully we can expect to see a contract extension in the near future. Bakhtiari is a free agent following the 2020 season. If a deal isn’t agreed before then, I have no doubt the Packers will use the franchise tag to keep him. But working out a long-term deal should be the priority before then.
On the field, Bakhtiari has been consistently one of the best pass-protectors in football for a while now. And there’s no reason why that will change in 2020. According to Pro Football Focus, Bakhtiari has the best pass blocking grade from 2015 to 2019. That’s half a decade of dominance from the Packers’ left tackle.
Bakhtiari is one of Ted Thompson’s all-time best draft picks (fourth round, 2013) and he continues to slow down some of the league’s best pass rushers. At 28 years old, he’s in the prime of his career.
Bakhtiari will be aiming for a fifth-straight All-Pro selection in 2020. There’s no reason to believe he won’t achieve that this season.