Scouting Report: Bryan Bulaga

Written by Josh Squires on April 5, 2010



Bryan Bulaga


Position: OT School: Iowa
Height: 6’5 3/8" Weight: 315 lbs
Class: Junior 40 time: 5.25

Overall Grade:

7.26

Draft Projection:

First Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 6
Speed 8 6.5
Quickness/Agility 10 8.5
Strength/Explosion 10 9
Athletic Ability 8 6.5
Durability 8 6.5
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 9.5
Run Blocking 10 9
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 6 6
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5
Footwork 8 8
Leverage 8 7.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

One of the more athletic offensive linemen in this draft. Excels in pass blocking. Has the ability to push a defender inside to the interior blockers and quickly revert to blitzing line backers. Great with hand placement. Rarely takes his hands outside of the shoulders. Keeps most pass rushers away from the quarterback. Makes pass rushers play his game when they come in. Has long arms (33 1/4″) and knows how to use them. A true technician. May be the most NFL ready offensive tackle in the draft. Played guard in his freshman season.


Weaknesses

Not the strongest top tier offensive linemen in the draft. Average to above average run blocker. Solid at opening lanes but occasionally leaves teammates out to dry by going too far away from the lane. Strong pass rushers that get a shove on him before he can respond also have a shot at going inside after the quarterback. Had some injury/health concerns throughout career.


Analysis

Bulaga is a clear cut 1st round pass blocker. There are very few guys in this draft that can compete with him in that aspect. He’s a solid run blocker however he’s not going to be showing up on highlights in that area too often. Lacks the elite strength but more than makes up for it in athleticism and a great base. Bulaga has had a history of injuries but it’s hard to look past his talent. Playing at Iowa as an offensive linemen is great preparation for the NFL and teams should salivate over his development there. However, he could have reached his potential at this point with the technical preparation from Kirk Ferentz at Iowa. Bulaga also has experience playing OG, allowing him to play 4 positions on the offensive line.


Experience

Two year starter at Iowa and saw action in 5 games at left guard as a freshman.

Awards and Honors

2009: First team All-Big 10. Big-10 Offensive Lineman of the Year. 2nd team AP All-American.
2008: n/a
2007: 1st team freshman All-SEC. Freshman All-American first team by several outlets.

Academics

Communications studies major at Iowa.

Injuries

Missed 3 games in 2009 with thyroid condition. Misses spring practice in 2008 due to offseason shoulder surgery, which he injured during practice in 2007, missing 5 regular season games.

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