Prospect Profile: Russell Okung

Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung inside.


Russell Okung
School: Oklahoma State
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6-5
Weight: 302
Projected 40-Time: 5.20

Star Rating: Grade: 97
Draft Projection: 1st Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA


Of all the OTs available in the 2010 draft, Okung is the safest selection.
Oklahoma State Athletics

Strengths: Okung is an athletic, durable pass-blocking tackle who will immediately be a factor at the next level. He displays outstanding footwork, including a quick first step on his kick slide, possesses excellent blocking range and has the agility to get to the second level. He protects the edge very well as he uses his feet, frame and long arms to knock defenders off their rush. He’s patient and plays with intelligence. He’s a high character individual and is a leader on and off the field.

Weaknesses: He must improve his awareness blocking in space, as well as his upper-body strength and run blocking technique. He tends not to finish plays and competes with an inconsistent motor. He doesn’t play with great intensity; it’s a reflection of his mild-mannered persona.

Steuber Says: A four-year starter at Oklahoma State, Okung has played on both sides of the line during his career and offers versatility to the team that selects him. But, he primarily played at left tackle in college and that’s the position he projects to play at the next level. In a draft where there are four premier offensive tackles (Okung, Trent Williams, Anthony Davis and Bryan Bulaga), Okung is the safest selection of the four. He may not be the most dominant or have the biggest upside, but he’s been the most consistent, and his versatility is attractive to teams in the top 10. The likely destinations for Okung in the top 10 are Washington (No. 4), Kansas City (No. 5), Seattle (No. 6), Oakland (No. 8) and Buffalo (No. 9); the Chiefs are the early favorite to land the 6-foot-5, 302-pound tackle.


A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the Scout.com network and on FoxSports.com. If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: csteuber@scout.com. You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.


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