Photo of David Bakhtiari
Drafted By: Packers

Combine Results

70.5 ?
  • 5.09 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 28 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 25.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 101.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.70 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.74 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I don't know where they're going to play him. There's a little bit of an issue at left tackle with the Packers. He's not as tall as people would like. His arms weren't as long as you'd like, but I think he can play right tackle -- even though he has left tackle feet -- or he can play inside because he's tough." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 34" Arm Length
  • 299LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/2" Hands


A self described "gym rat," Bakhtiari (pronounced Bock-T-are-E) surprised many when he declared for April's NFL draft after the Buffs finished the year 1-11. He comes from a long list of athletes, with Bakhtiari's older brother, Eric, just being waived after the new year for kicker Billy Cundiff. David previously said he wanted to return to California after graduation to work with and eventually take over his father's (Karl) real estate business, but the NFL obviously takes precedent.

After redshirting in 2009, Bakhtiari started 11 of 12 games in 2010 at right tackle with future first-round pick Nate Solder manning the left side. With Solder's departure prior tot he 2011 season, Bakhtiari then moved to the blind side and started 11 contests there and earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors for his play. In 2012, stayed entrenched at left tackle and started all 12 games this past season. In his announcement declaring for April's draft, Bakhtiari said he received a second- or third-round evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board.



Consistent low posture and first contact through his hands is there. Strong grip and latch to control when obtained. Frequently limits inside moves and very aware of slowed footwork when opponent is setting up a second move. He drives forward in these situations, specifically with the inside armbar to cut off the shorter path. Flashes a mean attitude to finish off plays, takes opponents down that have lost their balance. Can really get after it, an attacker rather than passive blocker. Brings the club with one hand when wanting to release in space on screen plays. Doesn't wait on blocks at the second level, on the offensive and seeks out contact. If uncovered he always helps inside in pass protection and delivers a nice punch.


Not an ideal build for an offensive lineman, thin in the arms. Many difficulties arise form pass blocking on an island. Beaten around the edge without slowing the rusher down and can lose face up against stiff contact due to not having the ability to stop backwards momentum. Move to guard is likely in his future. Deep drop steps aren't natural and stiff contact jolts him mid-stride. Loses on counter moves, thrown to the side when top heavy or leaning too far over, specifically when run blocking. Whiffs on cut blocks.

NFL Comparison

Will Rackley

Bottom Line

With football bloodlines, Bakhtiari should have always had his sights set on the NFL, but he will be there sooner than many expected. Despite playing his entire career on the edge at tackle, expect the Colorado product to move inside in the NFL. He needs to gain weight as to not get jolted on first contact, but Bakhtiari possesses a mean attitude to finish off blocks and could be a late second-day selection.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.