Originally posted by nickbradley:
Originally posted by ninertico:
Okung's caliber is not that much different from Bulaga or Williams. Heck, he's not even supposed to be better than some of the other tackles taken in the previous years.
You're crazy man; Williams failed miserably at LT in 2009, and Bulaga has short arms that could cause him trouble with edge rushers. Okung has no negatives, is very polished, and would be a top 5 OT in any draft.
"Looked much better on the right side in 2008 than he did on the left side in 2009 --- Struggles as a senior can be at least partially attributed to a relative unfamiliarity with the position, his not necessarily being 100% healthy as well as an inexperienced group of o-lineman around him"--Scott Wright
"Final word: Williams' draft stock fluctuated for a lot of 2009 after switching from right tackle to left tackle. Although the left is where Williams has said he wants to play, he's clearly better on the right side. Before his senior year, he started 25 games on the right side and was one of the best blockers in the country.
Starting 13 games at left tackle, Williams was spotty. At the beginning of the season, he was erratic, particularly in his pass blocking. Williams wasn't fundamentally sound and got beat too often by rushers who could beat him to the outside. But as the season progressed, Williams clearly became more comfortable on the left side.
2. Trent Williams, Oklahoma, 6-5, 315, 1
A fluid athlete with a high-rev motor, Williams is especially impressive handling quick, finesse type defensive ends because he has the footwork and body balance to stay with them. He validated that with impressive agility and position drills at the combine. While Williams appears to have enough strength to stop bull rushers, he is not always successful because he struggles to maintain a leverage position when attacked head on. The lone returning starter on the front line in 2009, he moved from right to left tackle and displayed an ability to recognize and react to various blitzes. According to coaching staff stats, Williams registered 369 knockdowns and 36 blocks that resulted in touchdowns in his final two seasons
The bottom line is that he didn't do as well at LT because of injuries, acclimated to new teammates on OL, and simply trying to get back into playing the LT position that he played most of his life.
However, most of everything I read about him states that as the season progressed he got much better.
Even Charlie Casserly stated that there is a flux on his is the sole #1 at OTs depending on who you talk to. Some have Bulaga, some Okung, and some Williams.
The bottom line is he is not that far off from Okung as Okung is the better pass blocker, but Williams is the better run blocker.
So we agree to disagree.