2010 NFL Draft: What's Everyone Saying About Iowa's Bryan Bulaga?

B.Senior Analyst IApril 20, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga of Iowa runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft is only a few days away, which means Iowa's Bryan Bulaga will soon be on his way to New York.

Bulaga, one of the best offensive linemen in the country, was one of only a few players to receive an invitation to attend the draft in person—and he graciously accepted. 

He could be the first Hawkeye to go in the first round since Chad Greenway in 2006.

While at Iowa, Bulaga helped the Hawkeyes win 26 games and earn victories in the Outback and Orange Bowls. His prospects of following in Greenway's first-round footsteps look to be a lock.

The junior left tackle has been mentioned as a possibility for every selection between the No. 4 overall pick to the No. 23 overall pick. Buffalo, Seattle and San Fransisco seem to be the most probable of destinations for the Iowa offensive lineman. 

Since everyone is a draft expert this time of year (myself included), let's see what some of the actual experts are saying about Bulaga.


"His biggest negative would be his biggest positive.  He's only played the position about two-and-a-half seasons. Clearly, his best football is ahead of him."
- Kirk Ferentz, Iowa Football Head Coach

“Some think a right tackle.  He had some struggles against O’Brien Schofield from Wisconsin and Brandon Graham from Michigan. He came off medical issues and finished strong. Had a great bowl game.”
- Mel Kiper, ESPN NFL analyst

"Brian is technically sound and plays with a mean streak. He's ready to step in as a starting right tackle immediately," said McShay. "He should quickly emerge as a physical presence in the running game and develop into an adequate pass-blocker. Brian is worth the value in the first half of the first round."
Todd McShay, ESPN analyst 

"Bulaga has the most variation on grades with people I trust.  On him, he's going to be the most polished guy because of the Iowa program. They have a great history of technicians coming out of there."
Charlie Casserly, former Houston Texans GM

"He boasts the size and the skill to do some damage at the next level."
- Adam Rittenberg, ESPN Big Ten Blogger

"Is Bryan Bulaga the next Robert Gallery?"
- Peter King, Sports Illustrated writer

"He's a mean football player. He's a mean, tough football player."
- Gil Brandt, NFL.com analyst

"He's technically sound. A very good competitor. He's a good athlete. Works very hard at his job and he produces."
- Tom Modrak, Buffalo Bills scout

"Bulaga makes some scouts nervous because he has short arms and was also beaten like a rented mule last season by some of the best pass-rushers in this year's draft (see Graham, Brandon). He could still go as high as No. 5 to Kansas City, but there are clearly pockets of doubters when it comes to the ex-Hawkeye."
- Don Banks, Sports Illustrated

"Besides Okung, Bulaga looks like the draft’s safest offensive tackle prospect and should instantly fill a major void in Seattle."
Wes Bunting, National Football Post

"I once heard Bulaga tore a guy's arm off and ate it because he forgot his lunch at home."
HawkeyeNerd, Hawkeye Lounge Noob