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BREAKING: Skins Draft Trent Williams

See what we did there? We mocked ourselves with the headline, because the Skins actually drafted Trent Williams about 16 hours ago. I could give you the reasons why we haven’t posted about this until now, but you don’t give a shit. So away we go …

What to like:

Trent Williams isn’t a quarterback. Despite all the rumors post-McNabb trade centering around the Skins going with a lineman, there was still that lingering fear that Jimmy Clausen’s name would be announced at No. 4. Thankfully,  it was not.

Trent Williams is an offensive lineman. I won’t pretend to know enough about Williams or Okung to say if either will be a franchise-type LT in the NFL, but this much I know: The Skins had to go with one or the other at No. 4, even if neither is necessarily a fourth-overall caliber player. Based on things I’ve heard and read from people who actually know stuff, I would have preferred Okung. But let’s not get too greedy: The Skins drafted one of the two best left tackles available, and that’s really as much as we could ask for.

His nickname is Silverback. We may have to alert the t-shirt shop employees.

What not to like:

Trent Williams may not actually be a left tackle. He played the majority of his career at Oklahoma at right tackle.

Okung was probably the safer pick. By most accounts, Okung seems to be the more polished left tackle, but Williams has more athleticism, which equals the proverbial “upside”. The problem with “upside” is that it is a hypothetical measure of effectiveness, which may never come true.

Eric Berry. I’m only speaking for myself, but I’ll admit it: I kinda developed an affinity for Eric Berry. Aside from o-line, safety is probably the Skins biggest need, and Berry is not only the best safety in this year’s draft, but possibly the most NFL-ready, sure-fire player, overall. In other words, needs aside, if it was Berry vs. Williams vs. Okung, I’d take Berry.

Again, apologies for the delay. But please feel free to discuss your thoughts on Williams below.

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    April 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Here is Scout Inc (McShays’) eval of Okung and Williams O-line abilities. So now that we know this, we can call both of the “lazy” over and over again like it’s pure fact.

    Okung (notice under toughness he uses the word “lazy”)

    Awareness – 2 (with 1 being the highest grade)
    Adequate-to-good awareness. Picks up blitzes and stunts. Feels delayed blitz coming when engaged and shows awareness to peel off in time to pick it up. Finds his assignment as a second-level run blocker. Will provide help to the inside when he can. Knows how to hand off defenders when flowing to one side as a zone blocker. Can be a bit slow adjusting to double moves and spin moves. Will take too many poor angles and needs to be more consistent with his first step.

    Toughness -2
    Impressed by his toughness. Works to the whistle and plays with a mean streak. Has a mauler mentality in the run game. Can appear to be lazy at times. Doesn’t take plays off but effort can be a bit erratic.

    Pass Protection – 2
    Needs to be more consistent with his first step. Has adequate-to-good athletic ability for size but does have some limitations. His feet will get outside of his frame on occasion. Has some problems redirecting back to the inside. However, he has good foot quickness in his set and very long arms (36′) to ride the DE wide. Shows ability to sink his hips and anchor versus bull rusher. Once he locks on it’s over.

    Run Blocking – 2
    Angles as a run blocker are inconsistent. Has long arms and a strong upper body to control defenders. He’s big and shows very good strength at the point of attack. He generates leverage after initial contact and will drive defenders to the turf. Consistently reaches the second level on time and shows the ability to hit the moving target. Only knock is that he occasionally struggles to lock on and sustain, which can be rectified with better hand usage in most instances.

    Trent Williams
    Awareness – 2
    Overall instincts and awareness are above average but not elite. Has a feel for defenders trying to set him up. Does a nice job of getting helping inside initially and then picking up the oncoming wide defender in slide protection. Can indentify and locate targets quickly when pulling down the line or with short pulls around edge.

    Toughness – 1
    No question about overall toughness. Excellent overall strength and power. Clearly plays with a mean streak. Finishes with consistency.

    Pass Protection – 2
    hows left tackle feet, balance and lateral agility. Gets set quickly in pass pro. Shows the ability to mirror and slide versus quicker DEs. Is aggressive and effective in short sets. Has shown improved footwork since junior year but still has some inconsistency and can over set at times. Is strong enough to anchor versus the straight-line bull rush but will occasionally get jarred by powerful initial punch. Has had some trouble versus DEs who jar him initially and then burst inside while Williams is still recovering. Only time he gets into trouble in pass pro is when he lunges or over sets which can be coached at the next level.

    Run Blocking – 1
    A road grader that possesses an explosive initial pop and a strong powerbase as an inline blocker. Can generate leverage upon contact to get more than adequate movement on defenders. However, angles are a bit inconsistent and needs polishing with first step. Has enough foot quickness to hook edge and cut off three technique from the backside. Easy mover when pulling down the line and in the open field. Makes a smooth transition when climbing to second level to cut off LB’s but can improve angles in this department.

  2. Dan Steinberg

    April 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM



    April 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Eric Berry looks like a crack head.

  4. Tim of the Tribe

    April 23, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Silverback may be the greatest nickname in the history of forever.

  5. Matt Lilly

    April 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Agree on all fronts. Berry is going to be ridiculous. I’ll trust Mike Shanahan in his assessment of offensive lineman. Worst case he’s a solid right tackle and maybe we can get in position to get Charles Brown tonight who is more of a natural left tackle.

    Shanahan has always prided himself on his run game and Okung had question marks in his run blocking strength.

  6. worksux

    April 23, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    not overly excited about Trent, but at least the skins didn’t give up picks for next 5 years to take Sam Bradford

  7. 44ever

    April 23, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Okung is a beast, will go through any wall you point him at. I thought Williams was smaller for some reason. He’s not. He’s BIGGER. So taking the guy who can run through a wall or jump over it, sounds like a pretty good pick to me. Any OL on the Skins needs to get ready to run. A lot. That’s not Okung’s specialty. Still, I think we handed Seattle a Pro Bowler. But I think we got one, too. When’s camp?!

  8. dingoVB

    April 23, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    mottram i hear you about berry.

    the comparisons to ST21 really made me wish the guy ended up a skin, even though i acknowledge okung or williams was the smarter pick.

    just wish the chiefs would be down for a 1:1 trade (haynesworth for berry)

  9. Mike Bradley

    April 23, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    any else notice all the crying last night in the green room at the draft?

  10. Terps77

    April 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    Heres one thing Im confident we all can agree on…Okung or Williams would be better on the Caps blue line than Mike Green.

  11. Daniel R.

    April 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    The Redskins are not in the clear for Clausen…
    Since he wasn’t drafted yesterday, and the Redskins are dangling Haynesworth and Campbell as “trade-bait”, we could very well see them moving up to get him or McCoy.

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