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2010 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Russell Okung



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 NFL

    Summary: 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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    2010 NFL Mock Draft: Matt's | Walt's


    2010 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings


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