Over the next few weeks, we will break down each position on the Green Bay Packers' 2015 roster in detail, discussing each player and making our predictions for the final 53-man roster.
After examining the returning players and newcomers at the offensive tackle position, we are ready to go on the record with our predictions for the players who will enter the 2015 regular season on the 53-man roster. These predictions were made by the APC writing staff as a whole, with nine writers submitting their individual projections and being compiled into a single master ranking.
The offensive tackle position for the Packers is a pretty easy one to predict. Two quality starters in David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga return (one a little richer), while backup Don Barclay serves as the primary backup for both. Outside of the those three, the Packers have two rookies in Arizona's Fabbians Ebbele and Villanova's Vince Kowalski, followed by 2014 practice squad player Jeremy Vujnovich on the 90-man roster. As we see it, none of the three young-guns will be able to make a big enough impact to convince the Packers to carry four offensive tackles this upcoming season. It will also be difficult for them considering players at the guard spot can fill in at the tackle position if needed.
Starters: Bryan Bulaga, David Bakhtiari
The Packers have two durable offensive linemen protecting Aaron Rodgers on the outside in Bakhtiari and Bulaga. On the entire offensive line, Bulaga, 26, was the only player to miss a game in 2014 (Week 2 against the Jets). Bulaga played in just nine total games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons combined because of injuries.
In his first two seasons as a pro, Bakhtiari has started every contest (32 games).
Both men helped the Packers form one of the best units in the league, one that only allowed Rodgers to be sacked 28 times last season.
Backup: Don Barclay
Don Barclay unfortunately missed all of the 2014 season after tearing his ACL in training camp last August. Barclay participated in Green Bay's offseason program and looks to be ready come training camp. He provides valuable versatility for the Packers coming off the bench by being able to play both guard positions and right tackle.