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Packers take Colorado T Bakhtiari with 109th pick

Apr. 27, 2013
 

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Colorado lineman David Bakhtiari, left, blocks against UCLA in a game last September. File/Getty Images

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The Green Bay Packers used the first of two fourth-round picks on Colorado tackle David Bakhtiari (109th overall).

A 6-feet-4 ¼, 299 pounds, Bakhtiari was a redshirt junior who has experience in a pro style offense starting the past three seasons including 22 starts at left tackle.

Bakhtiari, who came into Colorado at 245 pounds, played in 34 games at Colorado, starting 33 contests - 22 at left tackle and 11 at right tackle. He finished with a 88.0 percent grade for blocking consistency, the best for any active offensive tackle in the Pac-12. For his efforts, he was a second-team All-Pac 12 Conference offensive lineman in back-to-back seasons.

According to Pro Football Weekly, Bakhtiari shows quickness with hands and feet. Excellent bend, balance and body control, but lacks lacks ideal length and build.

It’s the ninth consecutive draft Packers general manager Ted Thompson has selected at least one offensive lineman.

David Bakhtiari at a glance

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Colorado

Height, weight: 6-feet-4 ¼, 299 pounds

Highlights: Coming out a year early, Bakhtiari has experience in a pro style offense starting the past three seasons including 22 starts at left tackle. Came into Colorado at 245 pounds. Was a selected to the second-team all-Pac 12 Conference team for the second consecutive year. Is considered a versatile lineman with the ability to play either guard or tackle in a quick moving offense. Gets good depth in pass protections while using his long arms to keep defenders off of his jersey.

Strengths: Shows quickness with hands and feet. Excellent bend, balance and body control. Clean shuffle and slide. Works his hips and can seal and reach, as well as run rushers wide. Easily gets on top of linebackers and is efficient climbing a level. Good bloodlines.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal length and build. Grabs, catches and grapples with rushers instead of punching. Anchor and grip strength have room to improve – gets overpowered. Lunges and gets beat leaving his feet. Does not generate power through his hips. Has a 25½-inch vertical jump.

Noteworthy: After redshirting the 2009 season, Bakhtiari began his collegiate career starting 11 games at right tackle earing honorable mention. Ran a 5.09 40-yard dash while showing his quickness in recording a 4.74 20-yard shuttle time. Known for playing with aggression he is considered a punishing blocker, with good pad level for his height…. Older brother Eric played defensive end for the Tennessee Titans (2009) and San Francisco 49ers (2012).

Quote: “I am just excited to get to Green Bay to get the playbook, study it and get ready to work and compete….It’s going to be awesome knowing our team has a great chance to get to the Super Bowl.”

Strengths and weaknesses according to Pro Football Weekly.

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