April 22, 2010

Trent Williams To The 'Skins

The pick is in and the Washington Redskins have chosen Oklahoma OT Trent Williams.

The Redskins needed to select an offensive lineman to upgrade a woeful line that gave up 46 sacks last season while paving the way for just the 27th ranked ground game in the NFL.

Head coach Mike Shanahan selected Ryan Clady with his first rounder in 2008 and that was a hugely successful pick. Now he's hoping that Williams will be a solid follow-up.

Williams played right tackle and left tackle with the Sooners. He is a versatile, athletic guy who protected Sam Bradford throughout his collegiate career.

Williams has been projected as a guard by some, but the Redskins need a tackle and that is where Williams must excel in the NFL. I fully expect he will be a longtime starter, replacing the great Chris Samuels at LT, which is precisely what the 'Skins need.

Washington played their cards just right in this draft. Tackle was the obvious choice, but the 'Skins managed to get quite a few people to buy into the fact that they were still going to take a QB or Eric Berry.

Like last year with Brian Orakpo, they managed to be smart and get their man, this year addressing a huge need along the offensive line.

Overall Grade: A

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