6’ 5” 301 lbs
Strengths: Size, build, pass blocking, strength
Weaknesses: Body control, mechanics
By: Bryan Dietzler
There are always NFL teams looking for good offensive line talent and the 2010 NFL Draft will feature some good talent and Russell Okung will be one of those guys that teams are looking for. Okung comes from a big time program at Oklahoma State allowing him to go up against some of the top competition on a regular basis. This experience will help him out greatly in the NFL.
The first thing that you will notice about Okung is his size. He is big at 6’5” 301 pounds although he’s not the biggest guy out there. He uses his size effectively to manipulate defenders and direct them where he wants them to go. He also has good feet and is able to shuffle around and keep his feet in position well. Okung is also a fine run blocker and doesn’t’ let off of his blocks until the play is over.
Okung has had a lot of success keeping outside pass rushers off the quarterback thanks to his speed, size and footwork. He also gets a good punch when delivering the initial contact with the defender and can sometimes knock a defender off balance. Okung also plays with good leverage and does get his hands in the proper position to control the defender. Okung is a hard worker both on and off the field and has a great attitude for the game. He plays with a lot of intensity and doesn’t take plays off. He would be a great addition to any offensive line.
There is a downside to Okung however and he may be able to work through some of these problems during his senior season to help improve his draft stock. His primary problem is that he stands up too tall when blocking and needs to get lower to get more leverage. He also doesn’t stay on blocks long enough and needs to finish them more often. There are times when he plays a little bit too aggressively and needs to learn to calm down a little bit.
Okung started as a true freshman at Oklahoma State and hasn’t missed a game since. He has allowed the fewest sacks in that time and has emerged as a real team leader.
Some of the honors that Okung has received during his time at Oklahoma State include:
-Preseason NFL Draft Dog 1st Team All American (2009) as well as Lindy's, Athlons Sports and Phil Street's.
-Rated as the top offensive tackle prospect by Mel Kiper heading into the 2009 college football season.
-First Team All Conference Coaches Selection (2008)
-All Big 12 Honorable Mention (2007)
-Offensive Line MVP for the Kansas State, Texas, Florida Atlantic and Oklahoma Games (2007)
-Named to the Big 12 All Freshman Team (2006)
-Dick Bogart Award Winner (for Oklahoma State’s best freshman offensive lineman)
-Rivals.com All Bowl Team (2007)
Some of the other important things that Okung has done include starting 34 straight games, 71 knockdown blocks in 2008 and he started as a true freshman.
Okung went to George Bush High School in Houston Texas and was rated at 50 on Scout.com’s southwest top 100. He was also named First Team All Greater Houston and First Team All District.
Right now, before the 2009 season, Okung could be the highest rated offensive tackle in the nation and thus the first one off the board in 2010. Of course, it depends on whether or not he is injured this season but he has held up well and should continue to do very well in 2009. Look for him to be the first offensive tackle off the board in the 2010 NFL Draft.