Insider Look At Okung

2007 NFL Draft

ESPN Insider did a piece featuring draft “experts” Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay. Initially, most experts looked for the Redskins to take a quarterback, believing that Mike Shanahan would want to upgrade in that position now and for the future.  With the trade for Donovan McNabb last week, that position appears to have been addressed, and drafting high for a quarterback now seems unnecessary. It is possible that they Skins could still look for a quarterback in the later rounds, but now it looks less likely that the Skins draft Jimmy Clausen.  It also seems more unlikely that the Redskins draft Sam Bradford, as it appears that the St. Louis Rams are in place to select him.

With quarterback out of the way, you figure the Redskins would begin addressing their true need: offensive line.  The popular picks include linemen such as Trent Williams from Oklahoma or Bruce Campbell from Maryland.  However, the standout from this years class of linemen appears to be Russell Okung.

Mel Kiper

The Redskins ahve addressed their QB situation, now they can protect Donovan McNabb’s blind side (and help one of the trio of backs McNabb figures to be handing off to). Okung may not have the extrodinary upside of a guy like Anthony Davis, but he’s the most complete left tackle available, and is a low-risk pick for a team that can’t afford to miss.  Unless they trade down, the Skins don’t pick again until No. 103.

Todd McShay

Donovan McNabb is an immediate upgrade at quarterback so finding the replacement for retired Chris Samuels is now the most glaring need.  Okung is the safest , most complete tackle prospect this class has to offer and he should be ready to serve as McNabb’s blindside protector as a rookie.

There you have it, both pundits agree that Okung is the most complete tackle available. Some feel that a Trent Williams may be the most athletic and talented of the bunch, but what you want someone who is ready to play and of that group it is Okung.  I think his ability to pick up the blitz will make his a true asset to this team.  He may need to work on his mobility to fit into the zone blocking scheme, but that’s why you have training camp.

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  • saratogan

    It appears to me the Redskin’s o-line is still the weakest link on the team. I further believe that it is just not a single player fix. Currently, it appears, we will be relying on second and third year unproven players (Heyer, Rhinehart, W. Montgomery),a few veterans who are question marks (M Williams, E Williams, Fanaika, Oldenburg, etc.), and only Dockery and Rabach appear to be solid starters.

    It just seems to me that we have a long distance to go to have high-performing o-line that can protect the QB and open holes in the red-zone.

    Drafting Okung is appearing to be more of a requirement than just a need. I originally thought trading down to get more mid-round choices was the best move. I am not so sure now.