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Chess Match Continues for Rookie Bakhtiari

Bakhtiari (Andrew Weber - USA Today Sports)

At first, the challenge for David Bakhtiari was learning the strengths, weaknesses and tendencies of the NFL's elite pass rushers. The past two games, it was about adjusting for second matchups against Jared Allen and Ziggy Ansah. On Sunday, he'll face Osi Umenyiora.

The consensus among scouts was that David Bakhtiari wasn't a legit NFL left tackle. That's why, in a league in which 19 of the starting left tackles were drafted in the first round and 26 of the starters were taken in the first two rounds, Bakhtiari lasted until the fourth round. Those scouts were wrong. He is the only rookie starting at left tackle. "Yeah, it's cool. It's unique, so to speak... Recommended Stories