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Okung’s wait about to pay off

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    By Kevin Acee, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Monday, April 12, 2010


    In what turned out to be a prescient move, Russell Okung returned to Oklahoma State for his senior season. Now, he’s positioned as a top-five pick in this month’s NFL draft.

    While his decision to stay in Stillwater surprised many, he would not have been taken as high had he been among an offensive tackles class that saw four players selected in the first nine picks.

    As has become a yearly trend, another bunch of offensive tackles is expected to be selected in this year’s first round, a total somewhere between the frenzied grab of 2008 and top-heavy run of ’09.

    Okung sort of personifies the top level of the 2010 tackles class.

    He’s very good but has his limitations. As they must, scouts and other “experts” point out weaknesses, and Okung’s shortcomings in relation to the top tackles of year’s past are his speed and run blocking.

    There is even question about whether Okung will be the first tackle taken, or whether that might be Oklahoma’s Trent Williams or Iowa’s Brian Bulaga.

    The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, consistently the most astute draft observer, believe the Redskins could pick Williams at No. 4 over Okung because of the arrival of head coach Mike Shanahan and his bringing a zone-blocking scheme to Washington. And the Chiefs are thought to be intrigued by Bulaga.

    As for guards, just one — Idaho’s Mike Iupati — is expected to go in the first round. Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who projects as a guard as well, could also sneak into the first round.

    TOP PROSPECTS

    Tackles

    Russell Okung, Oklahoma State | 6-feet-5, 307 pounds:Considered a high-effort, athletic player but with limited speed and room to get stronger, Okung certainly doesn’t figure to make it past Seattle at No. 6.

    Trent Williams, Oklahoma | 6-5, 315:Improvement in his first year at left tackle because of athleticism and hard work, but some see him as better suited for the right side. Redskins need a tackle at No. 4, so do the Chiefs and Seahawks at Nos. 5 and 6.

    Bryan Bulaga, Iowa | 6-6, 314: Overcame a thyroid condition, Buluga left school a year early after finishing the season well. Expected to be one of the first three tackles taken.

    Anthony Davis, Rutgers | 6-5, 323: Problems with weight and perceived lack of fire have been talked about, but he could still go to the Raiders at No. 8. The Bills would be expected to snag him if he falls to them a spot later.

    Chargers could take

    Kyle Calloway, Iowa | 6-7, 323: Right tackle is considered a project with tremendous potential due to size and build. Could go from third to sixth round.

    Ed Wang, Virginia Tech | 6-5, 314: Converted tight end started his final 28 collegiate games at left tackle. Both parents former Chinese Olympians in track and field. Expected to be a third-day pick.

    Selvish Capers, West Virginia | 6-5, 308: Played right tackle in the spread offense for WVU. Considered athletic but with much to learn, so he could be a good pick on Saturday.

    Guards

    Mike Iupata, Idaho | 6-5, 331:Moved to the United States from American Samoa at age 14, which is when he learned English and football. So big, so much potential. He’s expected to go late in the first round.

    Jon Asamoah, Illinois | 6-4, 305: Tall for a guard, extremely smart. Projected to go in the first half of the second round.

    Center

    Maurkice Pouncey, Florida | 6-5, 304: Left Florida early to lead a weak class of centers. Might get snagged late in the first round and could be the only center taken in the first two rounds. Projects as a guard too.

    Matt Tenant, Boston College | 6-5, 300: Started 40 straight games to finish college career. Tall for a center, could gain muscle.
     

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