Although Packers first-round draft pick Bryan Bulaga has a much higher profile at the moment, we hear it would hardly be a shock if Marshall Newhouse — the other offensive lineman selected this year by the Packers four rounds after Bulaga — ends up making more of an initial impact in his rookie season. The reason for this is the wide-open competition that is expected at left guard, where veterans Jason Spitz and restricted free agent Daryn Colledge, who has yet to sign his tender, are not considered very strong front-runners at all. Enter Newhouse, who we hear has enough size (6-4, 319 pounds), athleticism and intelligence (a whopping 32 on the Wonderlic test) to possibly mount a challenge for the starting OLG job right away.
There was talk that Bulaga, whose first-round stock plummeted because of his short arms, could enter the mix at left guard. But it appears the team would prefer to start their top 2010 pick off at left tackle as the primary backup behind Chad Clifton, whose durability is a concern.
One other thing Newhouse could have going for him are great bloodlines, as it turns out his grandfather, father, uncle and two cousins all put in time at the pro level. The Packers hit a tape-measure home run in last year's draft when they selected a player with a similarly impressive family heritage in OLB Clay Matthews. The biggest raps against Newhouse are that he has had weight issues and must adapt to a pro-style offense after playing in a spread offense at TCU.
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