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Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga -- A no-brainer of a top pick when the highly regarded left tackle fell to the Packers late in the first round. Bulaga excelled as a three-year starter at Iowa. He is the heir apparent to the aging Chad Clifton at left tackle, perhaps sooner than later.
A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/23 -- Bryan Bulaga, OT, 6-5, 314, Iowa: The first offensive lineman taken by the Packers in the first round since Iowa's Ross Verba in 1997. Verba started at left tackle as a rookie, but Bulaga might have to play the waiting game behind Chad Clifton for a season. - by The Sports Xchange
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09/11/14 - RT Bryan Bulaga practiced in limited fashion Wednesday, the team's first day back on the field since its 36-16, season-opening loss at the Seattle Seahawks last Thursday. Bulaga sustained what was widely reported as a sprained MCL in his left knee in the second quarter and didn't finish the game. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Bulaga's status for potentially playing the home opener against the New York Jets on Sunday will hinge on how he fares in Green Bay's practice in pads Thursday. If Bulaga isn't deemed healthy enough to play Sunday, underachieving 2011 first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod would be in line to make his first pro start.
09/11/14 - RT Bryan Bulaga had a second straight day of limited work in practice Thursday. Bulaga is pushing to play Sunday's game against the New York Jets after a sprained MCL in his left knee knocked him out of the Sept. 4 season opener. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday that Bulaga's status for the upcoming game will hinge on whether he's able to practice Saturday with the team off the field Friday. If Bulaga isn't able to go Sunday, former first-round draft pick Derek Sherrod is penciled in to make his first pro start.
09/05/14 - RT Bryan Bulaga left Thursday's game with a second-quarter knee injury and did not return. Bulaga missed the entire 2013 season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee -- the same knee he hurt Thursday. Bulaga was walking without a noticeable limp after the game, and coach Mike McCarthy said, "The trainer told me: 'We do not fear it's a major injury.'"
09/05/14 - RT Bryan Bulaga suffered an injury to his left knee in the second quarter of the 36-16, season-opening loss at the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night and didn't return to the game. Despite a number of reports that indicated Bulaga sustained a sprained MCL, head coach Mike McCarthy didn't reveal the extent of the injury in his news conference Friday afternoon and left the door open for Bulaga to try to practice next week. "It's not a major injury, we're relieved by that, (but) I really don't have a timeline for you," McCarthy said. The Packers' next game isn't until Sept. 14 against the New York Jets. Bulaga missed the entire 2013 season because of a torn ACL in the same knee.
02/20/14 - After missing the entire season with a torn ACL he sustained in the team's preseason scrimmage in early August, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga is hopeful of being ready for the start of next season but refused to predict when he will be back on the field.
"I can't put a timeline on it. I won't put a timeline on it," Bulaga said after Green Bay's season ended with a 23-20 loss to San Francisco in the wild-card round of the playoffs Jan. 5. "I'm at a little over four months (since having surgery), and everything has gone smooth so far with the rehab, and as of right now, I haven't had any setbacks. We like where we're at right now."
Bulaga revealed he started his rehab work at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., during the season.
While Bulaga was away from the team, rookie David Bakhtiari started every game at left tackle, where Bulaga had been moved from right tackle last offseason before suffering the knee injury.
With the coaches high on Bakhtiari's performance this season, Bulaga may wind up having to go back to right tackle to reclaim a starting job. Don Barclay, a second-year player, was the right tackle this season and had mixed results.
"I haven't even thought about it," said Bulaga, the team's first-round draft pick in 2010. "That's going to have to be something that Coach McCarthy and everybody (in the front office) will have to evaluate. Wherever they need me to play, I'll play. That's not something that's even on my mind currently."
The Packers face a potential logjam with starting-caliber tackles going into their spring and summer workouts. Derek Sherrod, the first-round draft pick in 2011, is healthy again after missing the entire 2012 season because of a broken leg.
McCarthy was noncommittal about how things would shake out for Bulaga, Sherrod and even presumably Barclay at right tackle if the decision is indeed made to stick with Bakhtiari at left tackle.
"Talking to both Derek Sherrod and Bryan Bulaga (in McCarthy's exi