Packers: David Bakhtiari third in PFF tackle rankings for 2020

Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, David Bakhtiari (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

David Bakhtiari is one of the NFL’s highest-ranked tackles by PFF.

Key to the Green Bay Packers‘ offensive success over the years has been left tackle David Bakhtiari, the team’s starting left tackle since entering the league in 2013.

Consistently, Bakhtiari is one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL. Entering the new season, Bakhtiari is again expected to be one of the top pass-protectors in football.

Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus has ranked the top 25 offensive tackles in the NFL ahead of the 2020 season. Bakhtiari is third in the rankings behind Mitchell Schwartz of the Kansas City Chiefs and Ryan Ramczyk of the New Orleans Saints.

Former Packer Bryan Bulaga is also in the Top 25 rankings — he’s 21st in the list.

The Packers made the decision not to re-sign Bulaga this offseason. While he was still a free agent, Green Bay showed its intent to move on by signing former Detroit Lions tackle Ricky Wagner. It wasn’t long before Bulaga was also signed, joining the Los Angeles Chargers.

While the Packers no longer have the same dominant tackle duo that they’ve been lucky to enjoy watching dominate over the past six seasons, Bakhtiari is still on the roster. As long as that’s the case, Green Bay will have one of the best pass-protectors in the NFL starting each week.

It’s not surprising that Bakhtiari is near the top of the rankings. His record speaks for itself. Since 2016, Bakhtiari has been an All-Pro each season (once a first-team All-Pro, three times a second-team All-Pro), and twice a Pro Bowler (in 2016 and 2019).

But after losing Bulaga this offseason, who is still a great tackle when healthy, the Packers can’t afford to also lose Bakhtiari next spring. The All-Pro tackle is entering a contract year.

That said, for at least one of more season, Green Bay’s left tackle is one of the best in the league.