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First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

Posted on: April 11, 2010 12:27 pm
With only ten days to go until draft day is here, the top of the first round is beginning to take shape.

Barring colossal trade offers, the Rams will take Sam Bradford, the Lions will take Ndamukong Suh and the Bucs will take Gerald McCoy.

Since trading for quarterback Donovan McNabb, it has been obvious the Redskins would be looking to fill their biggest need -- offensive tackle -- with the 4th pick of the draft. With Oklahoma State's Russell Okung the top-rated tackle by many, including, he seemed the natural candidate to replace former Pro Bowler Chris Samuels as the Redskins' starting left tackle.

Except that Okung isn't the top-rated tackle by the Redskins. Oklahoma's Trent Williams is.

I reported nearly three weeks ago that Okung is far from the consensus top-rated tackle. While most teams had Okung rated as the best, a sizable number had Williams as the better prospect. One team had Iowa's Bryan Bulaga as the best of the 2010 class.

Okung is the safe pick. Williams, due to his greater athleticism, has the higher upside.

Most importantly (at least in terms of the Washington Redskins), he's the better fit in Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking offense.

There are sure to be plenty of surprises on draft day. Some will characterize the first one as the Redskins' decision to draft Trent Williams over Russell Okung.

Considering that I've felt for weeks that Williams would likely be the first tackle taken , I won't be among those surprised... and neither should you. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2010 6:59 am

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

Draft Okung period.  He will be the beast of this draft. (baring major injury)  Upside?  Why are they not that good now?  They have had all their lives to turn that upside in to being that good.  If that were the case then I would draft Bruce Campbell out of Maryland.  Redskins best choice would be Okung and I'm sure Orakpo is telling the front office the same.

Since: May 23, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:04 pm

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

I think unless it's the Cheifs trading down any number of spots would be too far as I believe the Cheifs take whatever tackle is left at 5 from Okung and Williams.,

Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 6:07 pm

That would be awesome

Mostly since I'm a Chiefs fan and Okung would be a great fit for our offense.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 1:03 pm

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

I think anywhere out of the top 8 is too far. both of these guys will be beasts

Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2010 12:23 pm

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

Could the Redskins trade back and still get Williams?  How far would too far be to trade back? 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:00 pm

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

Williams' athleticism is exceptional. Off-the-chart measurables. 

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:52 pm

First "surprise" of draft? Williams leaps Okung

I wouldn't call this a surprise.
As a Redskins fan, I know all about "surprises" (McNabb being the most recent).

Personally, I don't care whether they take Okung or Williams.
All I care about is that we take an offensive linemen.

Williams over Okung would not be a surprise to those familiar with Dan Snyder & Co.  A surprise would be seeing my beloved 'Skins take Jimmy Clausen, Eric Berry, Joe Haden, or CJ Spiller.

You laugh, but it could happen.  *sigh*, it certainly could.
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