04/29/2012 - With recently released Chad Clifton out of the picture at left tackle, McCarthy made it known Saturday that right tackle Bryan Bulaga isn't under consideration to switch sides. "I don't see any reason to go down that road," McCarthy said. "I think Bryan's on the verge of being a Pro Bowler at right tackle. I look for him to have that type of season." The Packers made Bulaga their first-round draft pick in 2010 with the idea he would take over for Clifton at some point. Bulaga, though, replaced an injured Mark Tauscher at right tackle early that season and has stayed there. Marshall Newhouse, who started 11 games when Clifton was hurt last season, is the favorite to take over as Rodgers' blind-side protector. McCarthy said Derek Sherrod, a natural left tackle who was Green Bay's first-round pick in last year's draft, is on track to be ready for training camp. Sherrod suffered a season-ending broken leg Dec. 18. The 6-6 Datko also could be in the mix at left tackle, provided his oft-injured left shoulder doesn't hinder him again. He's had multiple surgeries on the shoulder, the latest of which was in November after his senior season at Florida State ended after only four games. The Packers cut Clifton, 35, on April 23 after he failed a physical. Clifton, a starter with the team since his rookie season in 2000, had reportedly been participating at the start of Green Bay's offseason program after he recovered from back surgery following last season. - The Sports Xchange
Throughout much of the Bobby Bowden era at Florida State the Seminoles annually received some of the country's elite prep talents. In Datko, the Seminoles turned a light recruited talent who chose FSU over the likes of Florida International and Central Florida into a potential high round NFL prospect.
Despite being overlooked by many of the nation's prep evaluators, Datko proved to be an immediate standout for the Seminoles, starting the final 12 games of his true freshman season. He started 36 of the next 39 contests heading into his senior campaign and had been quite productive, surrendering just three sacks over the 2009-10 seasons.
A shoulder injury suffered early in 2011 ruined Datko's senior campaign, sidelining him for the final nine games of the season. Having struggled with arm and shoulder injuries dating back to high school, Datko's final draft stock will likely be determined by the medical grade he's given from team doctors.
Big and surprisingly fluid, Datko's ability to mirror pass rushers and block at the second level will be sure to intrigue teams needing a blind-side protector if his struggles with durability don't scare them off. Datko doesn't play with the physicality and nastiness that some teams are looking for and is best suited to a zone-blocking scheme that takes advantage of his mobility and use of leverage, rather than power, to be effective.
Positives: Quick and nimble, light on his feet. Very athletic blocker on the move. Good slide and hand placement effectively shut down most speed rushers. Smart prospect who has great experience and works extremely hard.
Negatives: High-cut and doesn't bend knees well. Set in pass protection is high, and that affects power and ability to anchor and causes him to bend at the waist. Soft hand punch. Serious shoulder injury that required multiple surgeries will be closely scrutinized. Did not play well in 2011 because of shoulder, battling courageously for four games with one arm.