NFL Draft 2010: Redskins Draft Left Tackle Trent Williams Sooner Than Later

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Trent Williams (R) of the Oklahoma Sooners poses with NFL Commissoner Roger Goodell as they hold a Washington Redskins jersey after Washington selected Williams #4 overall during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

I am still in shock the Redskins passed on Russell Okung given his collegiate success and his ability to start now, but who am I to argue Shanahan squared? Both of the last 2 Left tackles they've selected (1st rounders) have been studs (Ryan Clady in DEN and Duane Brown in HOU).

Todd McShay broke down Trent Williams and he certainly is the most athletic Tackle on the board. He packs a punch, can play both ends, and is the quickest Tackle in terms of speed from the NFL draft grades. One of his red flags is his work-ethic, which is highlighted when he'll be given a huge NFL paycheck. It's hard to imagine a regime as tight as Shanahan's would allow a player to tail off like some of the Redskins high-paid free agents did last year.

Grant Paulsen wrote a great piece of how Malcolm Kelly help influenced the pick since he played in High School, College, and now the Pros with Trent.

"I had a real good talk with Bruce and Coach Shanahan about [Williams]," Kelly told me via text on Wednesday. "If we get him that will be high school, college and the pros together. That's crazy," added Kelly.    

Here are some of his high and lowlights:

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Career accolades...via CBSSports.com..

2009 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Associated Press, earning second-team honors from The Sporting News …

Consensus All-Big Twelve Conference first-team choice and finished third in the coaches' balloting for league Offensive Lineman of the Year accolades …

He shifted to left tackle for his final season, starting the first 11 games, as Williams registered 99 knockdowns, 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and five downfield blocks while participating in 808 offensive snaps … 

2008 Season

All-American third-team selection by The NFL Draft Report …

Earned All-Big Twelve Conference first-team honors from the league's coaches and second-team accolades from the Dallas Morning News and San Antonio Express News …

Recorded a career-high 131 knock-downs, along with 11 touchdown-resulting blocks and five blocks downfield …

Was penalized once and allowed only two quarterback pressures and an assisted sack on 517 pass plays … 

2007 Season

Williams played in all 14 games, sharing right offensive duties with Brandon Braxton … Started vs. Miami, Tulsa, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Iowa State and West Virginia (Fiesta Bowl) … Collected 64 knockdowns with six touchdown resulting blocks, as he paved the way for the Sooners to rank fifth in the nation in scoring (42.29 points per game) and fewest sacks allowed (1.0 sacks per game) … The offense averaged 448.93 yards per game, good for 19th in the major college ranks, including an average of 258.21 yards per game passing.

2006 Season

Freshman All-American second-team selection by The Sporting News … Played in eleven games at right offensive tackle … Did not see action vs. Alabama-Birmingham, Washington or Oregon … Moved into the starting lineup vs. Missouri and remained there for the final six contests (vs. Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and the Fiesta Bowl vs. Boise State) after Brandon Braxton was lost for the season with a broken leg … Was on the field for a total of 462 snaps, producing 75 knockdowns and eight touchdown-resulting blocks … Part of a unit that led the Big Twelve Conference and finished 11th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (1.21 spg) … Helped the Sooners rush for 177.14 yards per game and average 30.29 points, the 19th-best average in the country.


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