Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Rookie Watch: Okung plays like a vet
By Matt Williamson
Left tackle Russell Okung was hampered by a high ankle sprain to start his season with the Seattle Seahawks. He plays like a veteran, despite his lack of experience.
Most considered Okung the most NFL-ready tackle in the 2010 draft. Despite his lack of playing time, the former Oklahoma State star is living up to the hype. Most notably, he got the better of Julius Peppers in Week 6, as Seattle upset the host Chicago Bears. In Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle lost Okung early in the game with an ankle injury, and he didn't return. With Okung out of the lineup, protection was a huge problem for the Seahawks.
Okung is an excellent all-around physical specimen. There are not many human beings with such a skill set. He has size, quickness, balance, power and the ability to change direction.
Okung has the temperament you look for and the ability to pull or get to the second level and smother linebackers in the run game.
If he can stay on the field for an extended stretch, it appears that not only has Seattle found its left tackle of the future but it has someone to carry on the lofty tradition that Walter Jones set for the Seahawks. We hope to see more of him. If so, he will find himself in our top 10.
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