Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari thinks he’s a pretty good player now, and was a pretty bad player a few years ago.
Bakhtiari told Jason Wilde of ESPN that he has spent time this offseason watching old tape of himself, and he’s kind of amazed at how much better a player he is today.
“You see some of the clips sometimes — I’m working on some film eval of my rookie year — and I’m like, ‘Who the f— is that dude?’” Bakhtiari said. “Wiry, skinny . . . [I’m thinking], ‘I can’t believe that used to be my stance, I can’t believe that’s how I used to move.’ I mean, I’ve grown a lot from my rookie year.”
A 2013 fourth-round pick, Bakhtiari started every game as a rookie and is now established as the starting left tackle. Although there’s been some talk that this year’s second-round pick, Jason Spriggs, could eventually become the starting left tackle, Bakhtiari doesn’t plan to move.
“Name another left tackle who’s made 50-plus starts and then gone to another position,” Bakhtiari said. “I’m not going to be a pioneer. I’m not going to start a new trend. I’m going to stay at my position. I’m a tackle. That’s what I’ve been ever since I got pads on.”
And now he’s a much better left tackle than he was a few years ago.