Offensive Line: Bryan Bulaga Staying at Right Tackle

Bryan Bulaga is keeping Aaron Rodgers' right side safe in this photo. He'll keep doing that in the future. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

For anyone who got the bright idea that Bryan Bulaga would move to the left side to replace departing veteran tackle Chad Clifton, you can stop thinking that right now.

As reported by ESPN Milwaukee, coach Mike McCarthy made it clear in his post-draft press conference that Bryan Bulaga will remain the team's right tackle for the foreseeable future. This seems to indicate that Marshall Newhouse and second-year pro Derek Sherrod will fight it out for the starting left tackle position in training camp. McCarthy had this to say about Bulaga:

"I think Bryan is on the verge of being a Pro Bowler at right tackle. I look for him to have that type of season. He looks great. He was here throughout the winter; I don't think he's even left Green Bay for a long period of time. He looks great."

APC took a look at the left tackle competition earlier this offseason, and Aaron Rodgers has publicly shown his support of Newhouse. Considering Sherrod's tough road back from a gruesome injury, my guess is that we'll see Newhouse win the job in the fall.

A few other tackles will be candidates for backup and practice squad positions. Andrew Datko is the first of the Packers' 7th-round draft picks and the only offensive lineman drafted by Ted Thompson this year. Herb Taylor was a free agent signing after Sherrod was injured late last season, but didn't see the field. Chris Campbell spent the year on the practice squad. Don Barclay of West Virginia and Tommie Draheim of San Diego State were signed this weekend as undrafted free agents. It's possible that one of these players will make the active roster and another one or two will spend some time on the practice squad.

One thing is certain, however: you definitely will not be seeing #75 lined up on Rodgers' left.

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