With the 2nd pick in the 2010 BGN draft, yomjoseki selects...
Russell Okung - LT, Oklahoma State
He's the top rated blocker in this year's draft and with good reason. He's proven himself against stiff competition and he has all the physical tools to excel in the NFL. He started 8 games as a true freshman and has started every game since he first cracked the starting lineup. His skill has been recognized by coaches and writers in the form of All-Big 12 honors, All-America honors, and being a finalist for the Outland Trophy.
Okung has prototypical size (6'5", 307 lbs.) He has proven durable, and he has outstanding measurables. His 36" arms didn't stop him from pumping 38 reps at the combine. He'll be able to provide outstanding pass protection while paving the way for Lions running game.
No offense to Jeff Backus. He's anchored the Lions line for years and has done pretty well considering the circumstances. He's been through the years of Matt Millen. He had to protect Jon Kitna throwing 600 times a year. However, he's 33 in September and will be playing a division that features some of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Jared Allen, Clay Matthews, and now Julius Peppers.
The Lions have made a tremendous investment in Matthew Stafford, and consistently protecting him is the only chance he has to fully develop into the franchise QB the Lions had foreseen. They also have one of the best young WRs in the game in Calvin Johnson. Last year, the Lions took Brandon Pettigrew and Gosder Cherilus. Taking Okung would complete the offensive overhaul started two years ago.
Why not take McCoy, who most have rated higher? I believe the tackle protecting the blindside is the most important non-QB position. If you're picking in the top 5, you're spending a ton of money on a player. Is that money better spent on an OT or a DT? Which position has more of an impact on the game? Yes, Jim Schwartz is trying to transform the defensive line. They've already signed Kyle Vanden Bosch and traded for Corey Williams. Sammie Lee Hill showed some ability to put pressure on the QB last year. Under the the tutelage of Schwartz, the unit is sure to improve, even without McCoy.
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