Scouting Report: Russell Okung

Written by Rob Engle on April 18, 2010



Russell Okung


Position: OT School: Oklahoma State
Height: 6’5 1/4" Weight: 307 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 5.15

Overall Grade:

7.29

Draft Projection:

First Round



Draft Breakdown Red Star Player


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5.5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 8
Strength/Explosion 10 10
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 8
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 6
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 9.5


Offensive Lineman Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Pass Blocking 10 9.5
Run Blocking 10 8.5
Awareness 8 7.5
Hand Placement 6 6
Pulling/Trapping/Second Level 6 5
Footwork 8 7
Leverage 8 7.5



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

Totaled 47 starts in his career after taking over early in his freshman year and never relinquishing a starting role. Played RT his first year and then LT his final three seasons. Has very long arms (36″) and with those arms still had 38 reps at the combine, showing great strength and work ethic. Has a pretty good kick slide and helps form the pocket for the QB. Outstanding character and a very smart kid (reportedly scoring a 25 on the Wonderlic). Very good pass blocker. Mentally and physically tough.


Weaknesses

Struggles with speed rushers and can be prone to lunging. A little shorter than some teams prefer their tackles to be. Has the frame to gain some more weight, but he may not be able to sustain his quickness. Only an average run blocker and doesn’t get much push. Leans to much in the run game instead of pushing. Doesn’t have great recovery speed. Can let people into his body, so he may struggle against the bull rush.


Analysis

Okung has a ton of experience and is a very good pass protector which means he’ll be able to start early. He has all the tools you look for, and the things he needs to improve on are mostly coach-able. He will probably be an above average starter in his first year, but he may never become elite. Medium Ceiling/High Floor leads to a less risky type prospect, but means it may never pay off the way some would hope.


Experience

Began starting halfway through his freshman season and has started ever since.

Awards and Honors

2009: First team All-American. Big 12 Offensive lineman of the year. 1st team All-Big 12.
2008: First team All-American. 1st team All-Big 12.
2007: n/a
2006: All-Big 12 Freshman team.

Academics

Marketing major at OSU.

Injuries

No history of injuries.

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Rob Engle.