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2010 Mock Draft: Redskins First Choice

Recently Redskins Gab was asked to submit their pick for a Mock Draft over at Phins Phocus, and to tell you the truth the choice has become more and more obvious with each day that passes.  Given that Rex Grossman and Larry Johnson were just signed — the most obvious need for the Redskins is still on the Offensive Line. Guard Will Montgomery was re-signed last week, but by all accounts Tackle Chris Samuels is still retired.

So…. without further delay, the Washington Redskins with the 4th overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft select:

Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

Expect anything different?  You shouldn’t – and here’s why:

Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 310.
Projected 40 Time: 5.22.
Combine 40 Time: 5.17.
Pro Day 40 Time: DNP.
Benchx225: 38. Arm: 36.
Projected Round (2010): Top 5 Pick.

[via Walter Football]

Strengths:

  • Very good height with long arms
  • Thick, strong lower body
  • Extremely high level of athleticism
  • Patient pass protector; does not overextend
  • Great lateral agility
  • Quick kick step
  • Consistent footwork
  • Nice ankle/knee flexion
  • Surprisingly physical run blocker
  • Light on his feet
  • Highly experienced since true freshman year
  • Very durable – 34 straight starts
  • Understands angles
  • Recognizes stunts and blitz assignments
  • Gets to second level
  • Leader
  • Tremendous upside
  • Week 1 starting left tackle
  • Franchise player
  • Potential No. 1 overall pick
  • Weaknesses:

  • Occasionally gets too high in his stance
  • Needs to gain a little more upper body strength
  • Sometimes loses focus (bored with competition?)
  • Can be inconsistent with leverage
  • Room to improve hand punch
  • Must redirect at a higher level in NFLSummary: I noticed Okung last summer when watching tape on Brandon Pettigrew and I pegged him as a potential star in 2008. He has all the makings of a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle and has the upside to potentially warrant a No. 1 overall pick. If he can hone his technique slightly over the summer, I would be shocked to see him fall out of the first five picks next year barring injury. Okung has practically everything you look for in an offensive tackle. Last name pronounced OH-KOONG.

    Player Comparison: Joe Thomas. Thomas and Okung have very similar frames with very good intangibles and the upside to dominate at the next level. Both had polished pass protection skills in college.

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    Scout: Matt Miller
    Height/Weight 6?5?/302lbs
    40 Time N/A
    Ideal System: Man blocking scheme
    Pro Potential: D’Brickashaw Ferguson
    Position Traits:
    Agility An agile player who moves well on the field. Can get to every angle and the second level. Will not struggle against speed rushers due to his ability to take smart angles.
    Movement Is not asked to pull or trap much. Plays in a man scheme where he does not come down the line often. Does show the footwork to do well in this offense. Gets to linebackers well at the second level. Moves well inside and out when mirroring. Will not be a liablity against inside blitzes. Can move to protect his gap.
    Pass Blocking Looks like an elite prospect in pass-pro. Has good height and reach. A quick bucket step. Able to kick slide to the edge quickly. Has a quick get up. Chops his feet well when mirroring pass rusher. Consistent at cutting off the edge and moving back inside to cut off spin moves. Cuts effectively and quickly. No hesitation. Doesn’t have an elite punch, but it does show potential. Inconsistent against power rushers at anchor. Comes out too high at times and can get blown back. Can take over a game and dominate the defense’s best rusher.
    Quickness Does not have elite foot speed compared to previous top prospects. Does have great size and athleticism.
    Run Blocking Is a much better pass blocker than run blocker. Falls in to bad habits of leaning forward and lunging at defenders. Needs more balance. Is not strong or menacing as a drive blocker. Looks for kill shot too often. Does move his legs well throughout contact. Doesn’t quit on a play. Does a great job of engaging defender, but needs work on driving and pad height. Pushes defender will right or left to make running lanes. Uses angles more than muscle. Gets to the second level well- thanks to his agility and quickness.
    Strength Is not phenomenally strong. Needs work, but has the body type to add muscle. Is very lean at 302lbs. Will benefit from a NFL workout regiment. Shows enough strength to latch and move, but is not a drive blocker at the point of attack.
    Technique Comes out too high at times in pass-pro and run blocking. Leans over his knees too often. Is not a puncher, but can dominate in close quarters or when latched on to the defender. A beautiful kick slide and bucket step.
    Versatility Is somewhat one-dimensional and can be viewed as a finesse player. Shows some intrigue as a guard prospect, but may not be strong enough for the position. Is strictly a blind-side protector.

    [ via New Era Scouting ]


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