2015 NFL DRAFT

Andrew Datko, OT

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Weston, FL
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 315 lbs.
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224196-7
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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

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 7/241 -- Andrew Datko, OT, 6-6, 321, Florida State...Starter at left tackle since his freshman year, but a recurring shoulder injury ended college career four games into last season. - The Sports Xchange

03/13/2012 - Scouts are anxious to get another look at Florida State left offensive tackle Andy Datko, who was limited to four games in 2011 by shoulder surgery, and who has a history of shoulder problems. Datko started 40 games during his career with the Seminoles, was 6-6 and 315 pounds at the combine, where he ran 5.32, but still has some interesting potential. Datko entered last season as one of the better tackle prospects in the country, is regarded as having decent feet, but scouts seem to like his frame and his demeanor, and he could be a late-round choice for some team willing to take a chance. The man who replaced Datko after his injury, Zebrie Sanders, has been a bit of a disappointment in workouts. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/15/2012 - The 6-6, 321-pounder began having issues with a surgically-repaired shoulder toward the end of preseason camp but still managed to start the first four games on the schedule, although he was a scratch Oct. 8 at Wake Forest somewhat unexpectedly - he never suited up for the Seminoles again. Instead of applying to the NCAA for a medical redshirt and a fifth year of eligibility, in part because he had already completed his degree in business, Datko decided to close the book on his college career and declared for the draft. While he is still dealing with the aftereffects of his medical problem, the Fort Lauderdale native claims to be 100 percent from a range-of-motion perspective and has been working hard to get back into playing shape. Originally considered a second- or third-round talent, his stock has understandably taken a hit since professional franchises are now forced to question his health going forward. The combine is Datko's first opportunity to prove to scouts, coaches and executives that he's ready to take the field again and still worth an investment. "I'm actually really looking forward to it because I played the first four games and then I was injured," he said. "Right now, teams aren't sure where I'm standing at with the shoulder. ???Can he really do much?' And I really want to prove myself out there that I'm really 100 percent and just show them that I'm moving good and everything and I'm back to where I was." - John Crist, Scout.com

10/10/2011 - Florida State has lost two of its starters, both possibly for the rest of the season. Tailback Chris Thompson, who has been playing with a stress fracture in the back, suffered two broken vertebrae on his first carry in last Saturday's 35-30 loss at Wake Forest, and won't be back this year. Offensive tackle Andrew Datko won't play this Saturday at Duke and coach Jimbo Fisher says that the four-year starter needs shoulder surgery and also possibly out for the remainder of the year. Thompson led the Seminoles in rushing a year ago, but missed much of the August preseason practices with back issues and was never able to get untracked this fall. Florida State (2-3) hopes to snap a three-game losing streak at Duke (3-2) Saturday. - AP Sports

10/10/2011 - OT Andrew Datko (shoulder), the Seminoles' best offensive lineman, did not play in the game due to his injury and coach Jimbo Fisher revealed the grim news after the game about his shoulder surgery earlier in the week. "It's not good. He can't play. The surgeries didn't take," he said. What that means is doctors may recommend a process that includes no football. In Datko's absence, the Seminoles were forced to start Bobby Hart, a true freshman who is still only 17. It showed. He got flagged at least twice for holding calls and Wake Forest defenders overpowered him. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE TEAM (MEDIA): OT Andrew Datko, Florida State (29), Senior, has been selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff. Datko is a four-year starter for the Seminoles and brings 36 career starts into the 2011 season - second to fellow offensive lineman, right tackle Zebrie Sanders who has 37 career starts entering the season. - Florida State football

07/13/2011 - 2011 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida St., (Four year starter, only missed three starts in career), has been selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense of defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. This is the 42nd year that the Rotary Lombardi Award has named the nation's college lineman of the year. - The Rotary Lombardi Award Committee

07/11/2011 - 2011 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Andrew Datko, Florida State, OT, has been selected one of 65 players named to Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Outland Trophy goes to the best interior lineman in college football, presented annually since 1946 and is the third oldest award in major college football. Datko enters his final year as a fourth-season starting left tackle for the Seminoles. The former Freshman All-American from Weston, Fla. has anchored that spot with precision pass blocking, while developing into an outstanding edge blocker. Despite missing three games due to injury in 2010, Datko posted the Seminoles' second-highest grade among linemen at 87 percent, trailing only Rodney Hudson, who was an Outland Trophy finalist. He relinquished only one sack, was penalized just three times and had only five missed assignments in 691 snaps. - Florida State football

05/06/2011 - OT Andrew Datko (shoulder) and DE Brandon Jenkins (shoulder) both had surgeries to repair their injuries. Datko dislocated one shoulder and tore his labrum in the other during the season. DE Bjoern Werner is using a crutch (foot) and offensive guard Rhonne Sanderson (foot) "A lot those guys will be back (in the spring) and that's why we did the surgeries now," Fisher said. "We didn't have any major surgeries." - The Sports Xchange

 
 
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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

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