Russell Okung, OT - Oklahoma State
Pick made by coltsfan723:
I gotta think that with the Lions acquiring [DT Corey] Williams from the Browns, they won't go with [DT Ndamukong] Suh on their pick. Instead they will take a beast LT to protect [QB Matt] Stafford's blind side. Adding Suh to the defensive front would force Detroit to dedicate too many resources to the defensive tackle position.
While Suh is the Best Player Available, Okung will fill a spot of need for the Lions. With all the moves in free agency this spot is a BIG need for the Lions. The Bears signed Julius Peppers. That means the Lions will have to go up against Peppers, Jared Allen and Clay Matthews - three of the top pass-rushers in the NFL - six times a year. Can they really trust Jeff Backus to protect Matthew Stafford's blind side? So I think they take Russell Okung.
How much impact will Okung have in 2010? (mgrex03's thoughts)
Tackles transition quickly to the NFL, especially when you take them in the top 5. Expect Okung to start Week 1, doing exactly what coltsfan723 said: Protecting Stafford's blind side.
If Okung is taken #2 by the Lions, it would be the 4th OT taken in the first round since 2000 by the Lions (Gosder Cherilus, Jeff Backus, & Stockar McDougle). It will also be the first top 5 pick for an Oklahoma State player since Barry Sanders went #3 in 1989.
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