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Three Course Meal

Three Course Meal

Hi, Lounge. There was been a considerable amount of bargaining as to what the Green Bay could have done in the first round. Alex argued that Bryan Bulaga may have not been the impact playmaker Green Bay had hoped for at no. 23.

Though I don’t necessarily think he’s wrong, I’ve decided to prepare a three course meal draft-style as to how Brian Bulaga could have a substantial impact in 2010.

1.) “The Hot Wings” I think we can all agree Bulaga was essentially a value pick. The level of talent in offensive tackles dropped off considerably after Bulaga. People may argue differently, but there have been far more doubters of Indian’s Rodger Saffold and USC’s Charles Brown. Both are still on the board after round one and who is to say either would be available at 56. In which case, Thompson is probably relying on yet another middle to late round pick to be the franchise left tackle of the future. This does not prove his immediate value, but does give you a glimpse as to the limits of developing future players.

2.) “The Brats and Burgers” The O-line carousel has been a topic of criticism the past two off-seasons. If Clifton goes down in 2010 (which could plausibly happen multiple times), Green Bay has hedged any risk of moving another lineman over to LT and yet another Lineman to fill that player’s spot. And that isn’t even considering, Bulaga is likely an upgrade over Green Bay’s current back-up. Further, Bulaga has exceptional run-blocking skills for a tackle, which makes him more versatile as to positions he could fill in for this year and beyond. No, that does not necesarily make him Mike Wahle and an eventual guard, but possibly a franchise left tackle who doesn’t fit the stereotype of poor run-blocking.

3. “Post Dinner Whiskey-Dews” (Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like: Mountain Dew and Whiskey) Taking a dependable lineman was long over-due as the 50 plus sacks on Rodgers in 2010 indicated. No, Bulaga does not have break-away speed, but his ability to spread the field may be overlooked because his position virtually has no statistics. Fans and organizational insiders alike have dreamed as to what Rodgers would be capable of with more time to throw. No, Green Bay does not have someone who can spread the field a la CJ Spiller, but they do have 2 pro-bowl caliber receivers, and a future All-Pro tight end whose stats have been adversely affected by QB pressure.

A more detailed analysis of Buluga in relation to who else was available may have been impossible given the dozen players who could have been drafted at any spot between picks 20-40, which is further complicated when you consider Green Bay could have traded back or ahead. Feel free to comment which players might have provided more immediate and/or long-term value.

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FITZCORE1252's picture

Nice piece, I think the following relates...

From Coach:

"Bryan will line up at left tackle behind Chad Clifton. He will take those reps. Important for him to train there. Lang will line up behind Tauscher at right tackle."

That is great news. They have a plan for these guys, and I love it! Not gonna be moving them around, let them perfect one position behind two of the best in the biz. I feel much better.



For the record - I would rather we went Jerry Hughes 1st and Charles Brown (or even Saffold if Brown weren't there) 2nd, then Bulaga & Neal. I think that is MUCH better use of the 1st two picks. But we got who we got, let's ride...

Asshalo's picture

Yeah, Hughes was definitely the next logical pick.

I almost think they could have picked Burnett in the 2nd and then picked Neal in the 3rd (in which case GB didn't trade it's fourth round pick). Then again, a lot of D-linemen went in the 2nd, so I don't fault scouting for pulling the trigger.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Yeah, by all accounts, it sounds like Neal was HIGHLY likely to be around in the 3rd (no way to really know though). So they probably jumped the gun, but if he turns out to be a keeper, so-be-it.

Asshalo's picture

Oh definitely. I immediately thought there could have been about a dozen reaches by teams in the 2nd but "reaching" won't really matter if the player turns out to be good. Past reaches by Ted in the 2nd and 3rd: Greg Jennings, J. Finley, Nick Collins.

Stan's picture

Gotta agree Fitz, to hear McCarthy say Bulaga would be at LT and Lang at RT is music to my ears. I had a horrible feeling they were going to slot Bulaga in at guard or some other combination. Hopefully lessons learned and we can get better from it.

Asshalo's picture

They got big shoes to fill, as Tauscher may be one of the most popular linemen since old bag of donuts and of all time. TJ Lang is pretty funny on facebook though. I have faith.

Brady Augustine's picture

This pick was exciting to me though it is not exciting by virtue of the position. I am one of those who is mulling over what Rodgers would do with 20 or so less sacks - ie. more chances to throw, and more time to throw in general. I think we dodged a bullet last season but also A-Rod learned to get rid of the ball quicker. Now if we can shore up the line, our high powered passing game will shine and our running game looks better to me as well. Thanks for the post!

Asshalo's picture

Thanks for the comment, Brady. Glad you stopped by.

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