Iowa OT Bulaga measures up

The Day 1 measurables are in, and for offensive tackles, the number you want to keep your eye on is 33. It’s rare to have a starting tackle in the NFL with an arm length below 33 inches. At or above is considered good because at that length, pass rushers can’t gain as much leverage.

The one tackle in this draft that many scouts and analysts eagerly awaited for his official arm length measurement was Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga.

“The only question I have on him is his arm length,” said NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock earlier this week. “We all remember a few years ago when the kid from Iowa, Robert Gallery, went really early to Oakland. He had 32-inch arms, struggled on the outside, had to kick him on the inside. So Bulaga looks like he’s got short arms. We haven’t measured him yet. This week it will be interesting to see whether or not he’s 33 inches or more.”

The waiting is over. Bulaga — Mayock’s No. 2-ranked tackle in the draft behind Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung, came in at 33 1/4. No more questions.

For all of the measurements taken today for offensive linemen, make sure to check out our combine participants page here.

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