Arrival of McNabb provided cover for Okung visit
As much as a 6-5, 307-pound man can operate under the radar, Russell Okung did on Monday.
Amid the hoopla, fanfare and attention paid to Donovan McNabb after the Washington Redskins had traded to acquire the quarterback, the left tackle prospect came and went from Redskins Park on an official pre-draft visit, reports Jason Reid of the Washington Post.
The Redskins hold the fourth pick in the draft and the deal for McNabb takes them out of play for Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen. With Bradford expected to go No. 1 to the St. Louis Rams and talented defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma next on many draft boards, that would leave the Redskins with their choice of left tackles. That is, of course, if they elect to go that way.
The move would make a ton of sense. Washington’s biggest issue, among many last season, was the line. If the Redskins can find a solution at left tackle, it will be a huge step in solidifying the unit. In coach Mike Shanahan’s final draft with the Denver Broncos, he hit on a left tackle in the first round, choosing Ryan Clady from Boise State. He could buoy the position for a decade in Denver.
"He really liked the coaching staff, the entire environment and everything about the organization,” Okung’s agent Peter Schaffer told Reid. “We'll see."
Washington wouldn’t be hurt by dealing down out of the four hole and adding some depth to its draft, especially after shipping off the 37th pick for McNabb. But at some point the issue at left tackle must be addressed.
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