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.