Primary: David Bakhtiari – LT
As a fourth-round draft pick in 2013, not much was expected of David Bakhtiari. The Packers were fully committed to switching Bryan Bulaga from right to left tackle and Don Barclay was entrenched on the right side.
Many scouts weren’t sure of Bakhtiari and thought a move inside to guard might be his best option to stick in the NFL.
Then tragedy struck and Bulaga was hurt in the annual Family Night scrimmage. Less than 24 hours after the event, news came out that Bulaga tore his ACL and would miss the rest of the year.
Bakhtiari entered the starting lineup and has been a rock there ever since.
Blindside protectors get much more love these days and it would be hard to argue against Bakhtiari should he keep up this level of play and stay healthy for another five or six years.
Bakhtiari is entering his eighth season and will be only 29 when the season begins. He has not had a major injury and has been one of the highest-rated left tackles in the last four years.
Sadly, it has taken the NFL world too long to catch on to the great work he has done as he has only been to one Pro Bowl and named to one first-team All-Pro.
I have a feeling that’s about to change for him. And we will witness another Hall of Fame career.