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Oates: Bulaga looks right on left side

May 24, 2010 by  
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May 25, 2010 ~By Tom Oates, Madison.com

~The Green Bay Packers’ draft class has been debated, graded and, at long last, observed on the practice field.

In the end, though, the grade given to general manager Ted Thompson’s latest rookie group will be determined by only one thing:

Can first-round pick Bryan Bulaga be the left tackle on offense for the next decade?

“Bryan Bulaga will play tackle in this league, I don’t have any question about that,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “If we had any question about that, he probably wouldn’t be here in Green Bay."

If Bulaga can handle the line’s most difficult and important position once veteran Chad Clifton runs out of gas, Thompson will get high marks for his draft.

Should Bulaga fail on the left side and yet have a long career at right tackle, Thompson will get a passing grade but not much more than that. And if Bulaga falls on his facemask, the draft will be judged a bust no matter what the other draftees do.

Early returns indicate Bulaga, an All-Big Ten Conference player at Iowa who was downgraded by some NFL teams for having short arms and suspect feet, has what it takes to be Clifton’s eventual replacement on quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side.

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