And then there were none. Seahawks rookie OT Russell Okung became the final 2010 first-round draft pick to sign a contract Friday, reportedly agreeing to a six-year deal worth as much as $58 million. The deal included more than $29 million in guaranteed money, according to ESPN.
Okung, the sixth overall pick in the draft, has missed the first six days of training camp. New head coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week that Okung, who is expected to immediately replace retired nine-time Pro Bowler Walter Jones in the starting lineup, was seriously impeding his development by continuing to stay away from camp.
It’s a pretty clear-cut situation,” Carroll told the Seattle Times. “We’re very open and very strong about trying to get this thing done, and each day it’s gone by, Russell falls farther behind, and it’s hurting him immensely.”
But if his performance in practice sessions earlier this offseason is any indication, the hardworking Okung shouldn’t have too much of a problem getting up to speed on an offensive line now coached by zone-blocking guru Alex Gibbs, who likes what he’s seen up to now of the 6-5, 310-pounder out of Oklahoma State.
In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel expert Nolan Nawrocki wrote that Okung “can stand to polish his technique but passes the eye test and has a desirable playing temperament.”
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