Draft prospect: Bryan Bulaga


Sixth in a series analyzing potential draft picks for the Raiders, who select No. 8 in the first round in nine days:

College: Iowa

Position: Offensive tackle

Height, weight: 6-6, 314 pounds

Why it’s Bulaga: Perfect for a team in need of an instant starter, Bulaga may have more polish than any tackle in the draft. He’s tough, can get to the second level in zone concepts and extremely smart. Development has shown a nice curve _ the All-Big Ten freshman team, second-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore and Big Ten Lineman of the Year (as well as All-Big Ten) as a junior before opting for the draft. Much less anxiety in taking Bulaga as opposed to Anthony Davis (Rutgers) and Bruce Campbell (Maryland), whose production and/or interest has waned but have a bigger upside. In final college game, Bulaga effectively controlled Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan, who will be a first-round pick at defensive end.

Why it’s not Bulaga: Seems strange to look at the Raiders’ best offensive lineman as a potential reason not to take Bulaga, but in 2004, Robert Gallery was the No. 2 overall pick as an offensive tackle prospect analysts were likening to Jonathan Ogden and Tony Boselli. Gallery wasn’t helped by switching positions early on (left guard to right tackle to left tackle) as well as changing line coaches and philosophies, but the bottom line is he became a guard instead of a tackle. The Raiders need tackles more than they need guards, and don’t want one at No. 8. In some circles, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has the same sort of rep Cal’s Jeff Tedford does with quarterbacks (pre-Aaron Rodgers) _ terrific college players who aren’t necessarily great pros. Bulaga’s arms measure 33 inches _ five inches less than top prospect Russell Okung. Gallery’s struggles at tackle were later attributed to arms being too short for the position. Bulaga missed three games with a thyroid condition but finished strong.

Quotable: “Coach (Kirk) Ferentz really breeds his guys to be tough, physical and smart. I think those are three words that are up in our offensive line room. Anytime you’ve got a guy like that, you’re going to get a good offensive lineman.”

NOTE: I’ll be away from the computer until late this afternoon but hope get the NFL schedule posted or other breaking news posted if it happens in my absence. If not, I’m sure someone out there will post it in the comments, anyway . . .


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Hitler book, weapons, ammo found in Hutaree militia raids

    By The Associated Press
    April 12, 2010, 7:40PM

    Federal agents investigating what they describe as a Christian militia bent on violence against police seized suspected crack cocaine and steroids, weapons, gas masks and a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches during raids of members’ homes last month, according to search warrant records.

  • YoungAmerican

    Apparently LT Jammal Brown wants a trade. Apparently some “West Coast teams” are interested, according to him.

    Considering the Saints won a Superbowl with Jermon Bushrod taking his place, they might be willing to deal him. He also might be a safer pickup than Gaither, in light of the concerns about his work ethic.

  • aig


    Man, I am doing my best to stay away from online poker. I have a bad Asian gambling blood in me. My money says in Denver.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    well do you think denver will deal b.marshall to us

  • aig

    I doubt Denver would be that stupid to give us a legit WR that will kill them.

  • Seymour Bush

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 13th, 2010 at 2:55 pm
    Kell –

    These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read:

    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

    2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

    4. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation.

    5. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

    With regards to these statements most will agree:

    1) No one is trying to legislate the poor into prosperity. What they are simply legislating is a balanced societal system so that a caste system as in India never exists.

    2 and 3) are self evident. However children go to public school without paying for it. Is that a bad thing? Are the rich better off without that? What about a disabled child? Would that then be even worse if that disabled child attended school?

    4) Is kind of a ridiculous statement. The only time half the people did not work was when the unfettered capitalistic systems crumbled in the 1930’s. And that was not even near 50%.

    5) Of course you can. In fact the more wealth is distributed, the more EVERYONE has instead of just a few and the more an economy expands. Every time the Republicans horde money, the economy goes into collapse mode. It’s an economic given.

  • BoJacks

    Seachickens are pretty wary of choosing an end in the 1st b/c they keep getting burned by it

  • Chaos

    Sup Biotches?

  • fat kidd

    An unnamed team has offered the Raiders a second-round pick this year and a first-round pick next year in exchange for the Raiders’ No. 8 overall pick. (Well, the team has a name, but mystery team, which I am convinced is lurking in Dallas’ neighborhood.This hypothetical would give the Raiders the 27th pick, their 2nd rounder, the 39th overall, and Dallas’ pick at 59.

  • Vinous

    Raiderrockstar: I will go with Trent Williams

  • Vinous

    Raiderrockstar: There is no caste system in America. That system is cultural not economical and we are totally opposite of that in culture.

    Everyone should pay taxes…there is danger in having 5% of the nation paying 80% of the taxes…who runs the government…it is like the King makers in old England. It is dangerous. We already depend on the top 5% earners to support our government.

    Think about it… taxes do make for power, but they never really work to make economic equilibrium. 40% do not pay income taxes in this nation. Has that worked? Are we better for that? Those that do not earn more than the median income, are in that segment because of education or other deficiencies. There has been studies, showing higher intelligence is correlated well with income.

  • Vinous

    One other thing you do not get it seems is that there is not a finite amount of wealth…the pie gets bigger, and there is more of the pie distributed. The pie can get much smaller because of lack of economic growth. Economic growth is achieved by specialization, and higher productivity. Who are the ones you would like to incent to create more innovation and productivity? The bottom 40% or the more wealthy 60%? Which of those segments are most likely to make for a bigger pie? Which of those are likely to shrink the pie, by poor investment?

  • chaos.. who u calin a biotch ?

  • The Big Banana

    Marshall traded to Miami for 2 2nd round picks. Signs $47.5 million contract with $24 million guaranteed.