The Green Bay Packers addressed a major need with their first round NFL Draft pick, Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga, a corn fed Iowa offensive lineman, is just the monster Green Bay needs protecting Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay also drafted an offensive tackle, Marshall Newhouse from TCU to further address the issues with the offensive line.
Green Bay Packers first NFL Draft pick and 23rd overall Bryan Bulaga.
Bryan Bulaga the offensive tackle that cut his teeth handling defensive lineman in the Big Ten playing for Iowa, experienced a cataclysmic drop on the NFL Draft board for one reason. He has short arms. Bulaga, a lineman that possibly was the fastest and most sure footed lineman coming into the NFL, dropped to 23rd because some NFL scout pencil pushers believe a couple inches of reach makes him less valuable.
For Bulaga, being a touted as an Iowa lineman, he has to do away with thoughts of another highly touted Iowa lineman Robert Gallery. Gallery has not been considered a success in Oakland since his arrival. Bulaga will be starting for Green Bay at the very least within the first six games of the NFL season but don’t be surprised if Bulaga is on the field to start Green Bay’s first NFL game of 2010.
Green Bay Packers second NFL Draft pick and 56th overall Mike Neal.
Mike Neal a defensive tackle from Purdue is the second Big Ten lineman in a row drafted by Green Bay. Neal did not receive high marks in the stamina department, which could mean Neal’s only hope of making the team is as a specialist. Neal will play sparingly in his first NFL season unless a defensive lineman goes down for Green Bay.
Green Bay Packers third NFL Draft pick and 71st overall Morgan Burnett.
Morgan Burnett the strong safety from Georgia Tech actually has an opportunity to make the opening day starting line up for the 2010 NFL season. Burnett is the prototypical strong safety, a nose for the ball and quick reaction time, are essential for a strong safety and Burnett has all the attributes. Burnett will make an immediate impact as a rookie and could start in the secondary for Green Bay in the 2010 NFL season.
Green Bay Packers fourth NFL Draft pick and 154th overall Andrew Quarless.
Andrew Quarless the tight end from Penn State had some off the field issues but nothing more than most college students suffer from. College is a place to make mistakes and Quarless did make some mistakes and Green Bay is a great place to go and isolate a player that has had problems. Quarless could be the best tight end in Green Bay’s recent history. Quarless will play for Green Bay in the 2010 NFL season and impact the team.
Green Bay Packers fifth NFL Draft pick and 169th overall Marshall Newhouse.
Marshall Newhouse the offensive tackle from TCU faced plenty of huge defensive lines in the Mountain West Conference and that may not have completely prepared him for life in the NFL but it couldn’t hurt. Newhouse will learn from the bench in the 2010 NFL season and probably see some time on the field late in the season.
Green Packers sixth NFL Draft pick and 193rd overall James Starks.
James Starks a running back hailing from Buffalo is an unknown quantity. In a few years time will tell if Green Bay’s scouts were out to lunch or they had the other NFL scouts for lunch with this pick. Starks will definitely make the special teams for Green Bay but if he at least plays a few downs a game at the running back position the draft pick will be successful. Starks will play at least on special teams in the 2010 NFL season.
Green Packers seventh NFL Draft pick and 230th overall CJ Wilson.
CJ Wilson a defensive end coming out of East Carolina could make Green Bay’s NFL Draft worthwhile if he makes the opening weekend lineup to start the NFL season. CJ Wilson will make the 2010 Green Bay roster to start the NFL season but he will see little action his first year.
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