Iowa Offensive Tackle Bryan Bulaga

Bryan Bulaga: No. 79, OT, 6-6, 312

A natural bender who fires low out of his stance, Bulaga does a great job gaining initial leverage on his opponents. Showcases good hand placement at the point of attack and consistently stays on his man through the play. Is a physical run blocker who pumps his legs through contact and possesses the body control to stay on blocks and angle defenders away from the ball. But he has a tendency to lunge into blocks off his frame and will get overextended initially off the snap and fall off blocks. Looks natural in the open field and showcases impressive athleticism when asked to reach the second level. Displays the coordination to chip at the line and consistently hits a moving target in space. Possesses great body control in space and is consistently able to break down and hit/seal a moving target from the ball. Bulaga is very patient in pass protection and looks comfortable extending his arms into blocks, consistently getting his hands inside the frames of defenders. He does a nice job locking out at the point of attack while keeping his base down through the play. Very smooth and compact with his footwork, Bulaga displays great awareness off the snap.

Exhibits a quick initial kick-step and has the range to consistently reach the corner. Gets a bit overextend with his footwork on his punch, but he possesses the athleticism to make up for a false step and quickly redirect himself back into the rush lane. Doesn't play long-armed and has a tendency to let defenders get into his frame too easily and create a push on the bull-rush. Missed some time during the 2009 season with a thyroid condition and never quite played up to expectations from a year ago. But he's a technically sound offensive lineman who has the footwork, athleticism and body control to win in the run and pass game at the next level. Looks like a guy who can walk in and start from day one at the left tackle spot.

Grade: 6.9

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