By Christopher Wuensch
GREEN BAY PACKERS, LT
Fourth Round, 109th overall
You can’t ask for a better landing spot in the NFL than in Green Bay with the Packers. The euphoric feeling wasn’t lost on Colorado’s David Bakhtiari, who was the first Buffs’ player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
“Can’t believe I get to be in #titletown! What a great organization and fans! Lets get after it,” Tweeted Bakhtiari after the Pack used the 12th pick in the fourth round (109th overall) to select the offensive lineman.
“Can’t wait to start. Green Bay here I come!”
Now all the Packers are asking of one of the smallest left tackles at the NFL Combine is to protect the franchise’s $110 million asset in Aaron Rodgers.
What the 6-4, 300-pound Bakhtiari lacks in size he makes up for with athleticism, strength and a family lineage that stretches into the NFL — older brother Eric played two seasons for the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers.
Whether Bakhtiari starts when Green Bay opens its season on Sept. 8 against those same Niners remains to be seen. The Burlingame, Calif., native steps into a four-way battle at left tackle with Derek Sherrod, possibly Bryan Bulaga, and returning starter (and no lock to keep that title) Marshall Newhouse.
The 21-year-old Bakhtiari’s athleticism, slighter stature and previous experience at right tackle make him a likely candidate to eventually switch to a guard position in the NFL.