Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Weight: 307 pounds
40 time: 5.18
The consensus top offensive tackle in this year’s draft, Russell Okung leaves Oklahoma State with fantastic experience against top competition.
A four-year starter for the Cowboys, Okung started 47 consecutive games during his career with the cowboys. He began his career at right tackle before moving to the left side. Russell was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the year in 2009. Oklahoma State led the Big 12 in rushing every year that Okung was starting for them and he opened up holes for three separate 1,000 yard rushers over his four-year career
Russell may have cemented his status as the top offensive tackle in the draft when he showed fantastic strength at the Combine by putting up 38 reps on the bench. Okung is well-built with a large frame, as well as having the size and bulk I look for in an elite offensive lineman; he also has the long arms (36-inches) needed to control the defender at the point of attack.
As a pass blocker, Russell sets up very quickly off the snap and he sits lows with short, quick steps in his kick-slide. He’s a very athletic player who offers the agility needed to mirror the speed rushers at the next level, while he’s also shown the ability to block in open space and out on the move with ease. In the run game, he’s capable of consistently driving the defender off the line of scrimmage with his great strength. Okung has nimble feet and he will be able to pull and trap on the interior of the line at the next level; he also has no trouble getting to the second level to block the linebacker.
One thing that I like about Russell is that he plays with a mean streak and does a very good job of driving through the defender and finishing his blocks. Russell possesses good balance and body control, and while he typically plays with good technique, he could still some refining here in order to develop into the best player that he’s capable of being. I’d also like to see him continue to work on polishing up his leverage at the point of attack; he’ll occasionally play with sloppy technique at the point of attack, but this is something that can be easily corrected at the next level. I project that Okung will be drafted in the first round, specifically among the Top 5 picks in the draft.
Russell Okung doesn’t do anything that is going to “wow” scouts, however he gets the job done and was the model of consistency and reliability over the course of his career at Oklahoma State. He has a great motor and never takes a play off and he was also durable over the course of his career. Okung is not on the same level as former top tackles like Joe Thomas and Jake Long, however I do think that he’s a better prospect than Jason Smith was last year. He’s a very safe pick in this year’s draft and you know what you’re getting with Russell: an experienced, productive blocker who can be relied on and should have a long, successful career protecting the blind side of his quarterback while potentially making a number of Pro Bowls.
Notes: His last name is pronounced “oh-KOONG.” Russell was a consensus first-team All-American in 2009 and he was named first-team All-Big 12 in 2008 and 2009. Russell would have been a first round pick in the 2009 Draft, but opted to return to school, and as a result, he will go a lot higher this year than he would have a year ago. Coming out of high school, Russell was rated as the No. 71 player in the state of Texas and the No. 33 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com.