Thursday, April 22, 2010
Gibbs: Hamilton to mentor Russell Okung
By Mike Sando
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs generally doesn't spend much time speaking with reporters, but he couldn't hide his excitement Thursday night.
Gibbs said he went into the draft hoping to land tackles Russell Okung or Trent Williams. Okung will start at left tackle from the beginning, Gibbs said, and recently signed guard Ben Hamilton will mentor him.
Hamilton, who played for Gibbs in Denver, previously mentored the Broncos' Ryan Clady. Gibbs said he wouldn't want to throw a rookie into action right away without having a veteran experienced in the offensive system to line up nearby. The team signed Hamilton with that in mind, Gibbs said.
Gibbs said Okung appealed to him because of his work ethic, love for football, long arms, talent and overall attitude.