Bulaga feels he's top OT

INDIANAPOLIS -- Currently, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga's stock is rising up the draft boards. But the University of Iowa junior believes it should be even higher.

Bulaga said Thursday that he feels he's No. 1 at his position.

"I'd like to think that I'm the best tackle in the draft," Bulaga said. "Obviously, this is a very deep class with a lot of great players. Everyone is going to be jumping each other and going under each other up until draft day. So it's going to be exciting to see.

"Obviously, this weekend is going to decide a lot."

Bulaga will participate in all of the workouts this week in Indianapolis. Right now, he is a projected top 15-20 pick and a possible target for the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 18.

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has Bulaga third behind offensive tackles Russell Okung of Oklahoma and Anthony Davis of Rutgers. Bulaga could have returned to school with hopes of being one of the top picks in 2011. But he feels going to the next level this year was the best decision.

"I think I was ready to come out from a maturity standpoint, and from a production standpoint I thought I was ready," Bulaga explained. "I thought I was ready to help out an NFL team right now."