The Green Bay Packers drafted Bryan Bulaga in 2010 with the idea that the Marian Central graduate would be their left tackle.
It took a while, but that now will happen. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Bulaga, who grew up in Crystal Lake, will move from right tackle to the left side for the 2013 season.
Right guard Josh Sitton, who has played next to Bulaga for his three NFL seasons, also will switch sides. Left guard T.J. Lang will move to the right side and Marshall Newhouse, last year’s left tackle, will compete with two other players for the right tackle job.
Bulaga played three seasons at Iowa, the last two at left tackle, before the Packers selected him 23rd overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. Veteran Chad Clifton was leaning toward retirement at that time, but reconsidered and returned to Green Bay. Four games into his rookie season, Bulaga grabbed the right tackle job and has been the regular starter there ever since.
Bulaga (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) suffered a small fracture in his left hip in Week 9 and missed the rest of the season. Bulaga, assured by medical personnel he should not experience long-term problems, now has a new position.