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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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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
08/28/13 - T Bryan Bulaga (knee) was placed on reserve/injured by the Packers Tuesday.
08/07/13 - T Bryan Bulaga is likely out for the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, although he is seeking a second opinion from famed Florida surgeon James Andrews.
01/16/13 - RT Bryan Bulaga expects to be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Bulaga sustained a season-ending hip fracture in the Nov. 4 win over Arizona and has started rehab work.
12/05/12 - RT Bryan Bulaga talked to reporters Wednesday for the first time since he went on season-ending injured reserve because of a hip injury sustained in the Nov. 4 win over Arizona.
Bulaga cleared the air about the nature of his injury after reports were circulated he suffered a dislocated hip similar to the injury that ended former star running back Bo Jackson's pro football career in the early 1990s.
"It was just a small fracture in the hip socket, in the joint," Bulaga said. "It wasn't a dislocation. It wasn't a Bo Jackson injury. It was a fracture. I visited the specialist (Tuesday), and everything's looking good as of right now. We're on track to a full recovery."
Bulaga added the injury was severe enough that Green Bay's medical staff "made a smart decision" to not give him an opportunity to try to return to the field before the end of the season. He won't need surgery.
While not knowing a prognosis for when he could be cleared for football activities in the offseason, Bulaga said the goal is to be ready to play in the 2013 season opener.
"I think it's definitely attainable from the way I'm feeling now and the report we got back (Tuesday)," he said. "It's just a matter of making sure we're taking care of it and progressing properly."