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Oklahoma assistant thinks Redskins, Williams would be a good fit


Good stuff from Jason Reid this morning about the draft's top prospects on the offensive line -- and specifically about Oklahoma's Trent Williams. While Oklahoma State's Russell Okung seemed like the consensus No. 1 tackle available in the draft not long ago, it feels more and more likely that if the Redskins do chase an offensive lineman Thursday, Williams could get the call even if Okung is still on the board.

Last week I spoke with Kevin Wilson, the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, and he seems to think that Williams would be a good fit with the Redskins' blocking scheme. A couple of years back, Oklahoma coaches visited Mike Shanahan's team in Denver to learn more about their zone-blocking scheme. When the coaches returned to Norman, Okla., they adopted some of the same principles Shanahan had used for years.

"We're a no-huddle team, up-tempo, a lot of area-oriented blocking," he said. "It's not 100 percent the way Coach Shanahan has done it, but we have a fair amount of zone in our play action game and bootleg."

Wilson was formerly the Sooners' offensive line coach and recruited both Okung and Williams out of high school. Both were kind of under the radar and neither were offered scholarships until late in the process.

"When you met [Williams], saw him in person, he was definitely bigger than advertised and very athletic," Wilson said. "Russell Okung was the same deal. These were two guys, you look at them, they didn't have a lot of hype. Both were under the radar."

While Wilson says Williams was the best freshman he's had, the Sooners' line was stacked and Wilson didn't receive much attention early in his career. This draft process is following a similar pattern with everyone jumping on the Williams bandwagon late in the process.

"I think Trent has been in their shadows. It was kind of like in high school where a lot of people maybe didn't realize how good he could be until late in the process," he said. "That could be what you're seeing right now, too."

Wilson has had two first-round offensive linemen end up in the Pro Bowl - Davin Joseph and Jammal Brown. He thinks Williams could be better than either.

"They were pretty good," he said. "Trent, to me, is more talented. He has a lot of upside."

He says Williams is "just scratching the surface" of his potential; he can afford to get bigger. With time and energy, he can play up to his full abilities.

"I don't think he's close to playing up to his talent level yet," Wilson said.

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By Rick Maese  |  April 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  NFL Draft , Offensive line  | Tags: Russell Okung, Trent Williams  
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Comments

Of course Wilson will want his guy to the the FIRST offensive lineman off the board...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Again: Take Williams at #4 and be done with it.

And if you can get a second rounder somehow, figure out a way to get M Pouncey as well.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 21, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

"I don't think he's close to playing up to his talent level yet," Wilson said.

Awesome...He's an underachiever.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | April 21, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

And if you can get a second rounder somehow, figure out a way to get M Pouncey as well.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 21, 2010 9:12 AM


No chance Pouncey gets past Pittsburgh at #18.

Seems to me the Skins will be just fine with either Williams or Okung. Glad we have the problem of choosing between two really good players at an area of need vs. having no one on the board worth the #4 pick.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

moe, word on the streets is that pouncey is moving his way into the late first...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 21, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Exactly. Even if Heyer, Dockery, Rabach, Big Mike Williams, and Artis Hicks play decent, who do we have behind them? *crickets*


Posted by: mattsoundworld | April 21, 2010 7:56 AM |

Lets wait and see what happens but if they add no more o-Line, before the season starts I will agree with you.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 21, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm betting that, by the time training camp starts, Heyer and Hicks will be backing up OTs that we'll either draft, sign as free agents (Flozell Adams?) or trade for.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 21, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Listening to the radio this morning got me thinking. Mike and Mike were talking about the Ben Rothlesburger issue and how teams are interested in possible trades with the Steelers for him. Then I had this idea:

What if, and I mean what if Al Davis realizes someone with Ben's talent is what his team has been missing. Ben is essentially what they hoped for in Jamarcus Russel. If they believe so and feel like taking a gamble, then maybe we see the Raiders taking Ben for a second round pick. With the off the field issues, I don't think he gets more than that.

With Ben now gone in Pittsburg, that leaves them with a need for a QB. This now opens up a spot for Campbell. He's been a pro's pro which is exactly what Rooney wants. And with the stability of that organization, he might even find success there. We pick up a third or fourth for campbell.

This then leaves me with one more possibility. With the pick up of Big Ben, the Raiders now feel ambitious, and start to ask Bruce and Shannahan if Hanesworth is still one the trading block. Bruce then makes a trade with them where we swap picks in the first with them and send them Big Al for this years second, and next years first.

We then take Williams in the first, and possibly a guard or middle linebacker in the second. Possible a free safety.

Just a thought. Big Ben and Hanesworth would be perfect fits in Oakland.

Posted by: Devo2 | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm betting that, by the time training camp starts, Heyer and Hicks will be backing up OTs that we'll either draft, sign as free agents (Flozell Adams?) or trade for.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 21, 2010 9:20 AM |

I believe that as well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Can Flozell play RT?

Cant wait for Draft night...

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

with all due respect, and I'm saying with all due respect, that idea ain't worth a velvet picture of a whale and a dolphin getting it on.......

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 21, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Wondering, is there anyone out there we could trade our no 4 pick for one of their OT's and their first? Or is that too crazy?

BTW was listening to the radio last night and someone was going off on a rant on how incompetent vinny was based off the interview he recently did in baltimore. Anyone know where I can grab that?

Something about Vinny tried to trade down 1 spot in the first round last year with to try and get Orakpo...

Posted by: alex35332 | April 21, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

With Ben now gone in Pittsburg, that leaves them with a need for a QB.

Posted by: Devo2 | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM

True, but they traded for Leftwich yesterday. They like Leftwich. They're not interested in JC.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

but I said with all due respect...

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Williams is coming on strong in the last furlong...sounds like he could be the guy. I think he'll be a good pick, although I am fine with Okung too.

I'm just wondering what happens if the Rams decide to pass on Bradford. That will throw everything into chaos.

Posted by: McMetal | April 21, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

who said Ben is gone in Pitt?

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

I'm just wondering what happens if the Rams decide to pass on Bradford. That will throw everything into chaos.

Posted by: McMetal | April 21, 2010 9:30 AM


No it won't. They will trade the pick to someone who wants Bradford, hopefully not the Redskins. Bradford will be the first pick in the draft.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Moe, if the Rams pass on Bradford, do you see the Skins jumping on that grenade??

The only think I am interested in outside of OL are LB's

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

With Ben now gone in Pittsburg, that leaves them with a need for a QB. This now opens up a spot for Campbell. He's been a pro's pro which is exactly what Rooney wants. And with the stability of that organization, he might even find success there. We pick up a third or fourth for campbell.

This then leaves me with one more possibility. With the pick up of Big Ben, the Raiders now feel ambitious, and start to ask Bruce and Shannahan if Hanesworth is still one the trading block. Bruce then makes a trade with them where we swap picks in the first with them and send them Big Al for this years second, and next years first.

We then take Williams in the first, and possibly a guard or middle linebacker in the second. Possible a free safety.

Just a thought. Big Ben and Hanesworth would be perfect fits in Oakland.


Posted by: Devo2 | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse


Nice thoughts, but you've missed a couple of points.

First, the Steelers just acquired Byron Leftwich in a trade yesterday and word on the street is that Head Coach Mike Tomlin is really high on Ben's back-up, Dennis Dixon. Plus, veteran Charlie Batch is still on the team. Can't see them making a move for JC, even if they do jettison Ben.

Secondly, we don't have a second-round pick this year. We gave it up to get Donovan McNabb, remember? Sorry.

Posted by: stwasm | April 21, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm betting that, by the time training camp starts, Heyer and Hicks will be backing up OTs that we'll either draft, sign as free agents (Flozell Adams?) or trade for.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 21, 2010 9:20 AM |

I believe that as well.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 21, 2010 9:25 AM


We could only hope.

Posted by: stwasm | April 21, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

who said Ben is gone in Pitt?

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:30 AM

He will be suspended for the first three or four games of the season. Gone, but not forgotten.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 21, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

who said Ben is gone in Pitt?

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:30 AM


Nobody...but if you read between the lines, they wanna move him. I have a feeling that they will...and he won't like where he goes.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

True, but they traded for Leftwich yesterday. They like Leftwich. They're not interested in JC.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:28 AM

JC has a first round tender, Leftwich doesn't.

Posted by: abxinc | April 21, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I could see that...one of the post made it sound like it already happened.

Posted by: mhartz1 | April 21, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

JC has a first round tender, Leftwich doesn't.

Posted by: abxinc | April 21, 2010 9:37 AM


That would be because Leftwich wasn't a restricted FA...and apparently, not as expensive.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

JC has a first round tender, Leftwich doesn't.

Posted by: abxinc | April 21, 2010 9:37 AM

JC does not have a "first round tender." He signed a contract with the Redskins.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

That would be because Leftwich wasn't a restricted FA...and apparently, not as expensive.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:40 AM

Neither JC nor Leftwich were restricted FAs. Both were under contract. Leftwich was under contract to Tampa Bay. The Steelers traded a seventh round pick yesterday.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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Of the 2 LT's, I would prefer Williams, and we might be able to trade back and still grab him... Is it Thursday yet?

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

can u believe that that jagoff cerrato was going to draft crabtree over oher?

Posted by: Salinas1 | April 21, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

The truth is, we could have used either one of those guys. Don't underestimate Crabtree; the guy excelled as a rookie at a position that is hard for rookies to play well at. He will be an absolute beast in the years to come.

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 21, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rbpalmer | April 21, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't have to be the best, just better than the defender. Get us a couple of big uglies and let them knock the snot outa somebody

Posted by: Burrasta1 | April 21, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

LS, what in the world are you talking about? I mean, have you missed the entire offseason? JC would be an unrestricted FA were it not for the uncapped year and now he's a restricted FA that signed his one year tender. Leftwich's contract wasn't up, and he was traded despite being rumored to be released by Tampa at some point. I'm not sure where you're going with this...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Entirely baseless prediction:

Redskins take TWilliams at #4 overall.

Redskins trade Haynesworth to Baltimore for Jared Gaither.

Baltimore has a historic defensive year with Haynesworth, Ngata, Suggs, Lewis, and Reed anchoring their unit.

Redskins finish the regular season with a top 10 offense and a home playoff game.

And everyone is happy in the end.

Posted by: psps23 | April 21, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Yo Floundervinny, why don't you debate the issues instead of insulting everyone that doesn't agree with you? I thought you might have taken some classes on class at Iowa State...didn't you?

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | April 21, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

LS is saying that Campbell ceased to be a RFA once he signed his one-year contract. He is currently a Redskin, not a FA (restricted or otherwise).

Posted by: psps23 | April 21, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

LS, what in the world are you talking about? I mean, have you missed the entire offseason? JC would be an unrestricted FA were it not for the uncapped year and now he's a restricted FA that signed his one year tender. Leftwich's contract wasn't up, and he was traded despite being rumored to be released by Tampa at some point. I'm not sure where you're going with this...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 21, 2010 9:47 AM

Glad that you are able to rephrase what I already posted.

Posted by: League-Source | April 21, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Yo Floundervinny, why don't you debate the issues instead of insulting everyone that doesn't agree with you? I thought you might have taken some classes on class at Iowa State...didn't you?
Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | April 21, 2010 9:49 AM |

I showed you where you were wrong, you started the insults and if you continue I will fire back.

I never said a word to you this was all your doing, so either shut the f-ck up or stop whinning like a little b_tch.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 21, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Members of the Rooney family that own the Pittsburgh Steelers are apparently pretty seriously miffed at all the bad publicity quarterback Ben Roethlisberger(notes) has brought to the team recently and it is still under consideration whether to trade the guy or not, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The team isn't believed to be "actively shopping" Roethlisberger but supposedly is happy to hear whatever offers other teams have right now.

To help the team get through whatever transition is ahead, whether trade or suspension, the team picked up quarterback Byron Leftwich(notes) from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday for a 2010 seventh-round pick.

The length of Roethlisberger's suspension are supposedly going to be announced today. Leftwich could start those if youngster Dennis Dixon(notes) doesn't look good in training camp.

>> I was always partial to Charlie Batch.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 21, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse


Skins should retain AH -- the haters are hilarious. How in the hell do they think Orakpo and AC got 22 sacks last year? They ought to play a tape of every short yardage play of last season. AH was an unmovable force on all... incredible if they bothered to watch. But nah, let's just watch the oxygen breaks. Get a grip. HE's the best defensive lineman in football period. If we trade him, we better get at least a #1 for him, or we've been had.

Also Redskins should Draft Trent Williams or Eric Berry with the #4.


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Posted by: TokyoHail | April 21, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The Oakland Raiders have the eighth pick in the NFL draft that starts tomorrow and the current word is that the team will use it to select University of Idaho offensive guard Mike Iupati, according to ESPN.

The Raiders really need a tackle so the speculation is that the team will move Iupati to that position once he gets signed. Many mock drafts had him going further down at No.18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers but the talk of him going to the Raiders has apparently "picked up steam" recently.

Looks like Iupati's preparation for the NFL Combine that had him moving to Irvine, California, and working out four days a week with former NFL lineman Jackie Slater is paying off.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Beep beep

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 21, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

The New York Giants may have finally tipped their hand as to who they want to pick in tomorrow's draft when their turn comes at No. 15, according to the New York Daily News.

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller hadn't heard anything from the team in the past few months, but apparently got a call the other day from someone with the team in order to be sure they had his correct cell-phone number in case they needed to suddenly get hold of him for some crazy reason tomorrow night.

But Spiller might get picked before the Giants' turn comes up and the Daily News reports that the team might be willing to trade up in order to get him.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 21, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

"...if the Rams pass on Bradford, do you see the Skins jumping on that grenade?"

Calling this scenario a grenade is an understatement.

Because what would matter then, is if the FO felt it could somehow move a player on the roster to get a second rounder with the hopes of drafting a tackle.

And therein lies the issue: a second round tackle won't be like a first rounder.

Now, if the titans give up their 1st and 3rd for AH, then that changes things completely.

You could take Bradford, take a mid 1st round tackle, and use your third to take another lineman.

Let's just hope the team takes T Williams and ends all this coulda, woulda, shoulda stuff.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 21, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

This would matter if the Oklahoma assistant were in the Skins Draft Room. I agree that Williams is more "athletic" but Okung is athletic also. And, he's put his talent on the field moreso than Williams. Take Okung if he's there. If not, I'm sure someone would be willing to hop up for Gerald McCoy, Suh, or Bradford -- whoever has fallen if Okung is gone. In that case, move it on back and kill 2 birds with one stone.

Posted by: MadeRED | April 21, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Ain't nobody in their right mind going to give the Redskins a first and a third for AH...nobody. Everyone in the league knows the Skins want to unload him at almost any price so he's like Campbell he'll garner some picks, maybe a second for AH and a fifth for JC but whatever the heck it comes out to it's not going to be giving the Skins two picks in the first round unless they're packaged together. Put the pipes down and clear your heads.

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | April 21, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

LOL. There are still people thinking that somewhere in la-la land exist a team interested in JC.

Posted by: nimes1 | April 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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