And In The 4th Round...

The Washington Redskins select 6-foot-5, 315 pound, left tackle, Trent "Silverback" Williams (Oklahoma), filling a much needed position since the retirement of Chris Samuels earlier this year.

“Trent Williams is a person we had targeted that can not only play the left, but the right side as well, and he played the center position. In our zone blocking scheme that we run, obviously we run the power scheme as well, but we thought he’d fit in very well. He’s a guy that’s got a lot of experience, obviously, being a four-year starter, playing a number of different positions. Hopefully he’ll come in here and compete right away, and show us what he can do", said head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Texas-born Williams became the first high-round offensive lineman selected by the team in a decade.

“Words cannot explain the feeling, especially going to Washington, which I feel is a dream situation for me. It’s a great feeling", expressed Williams.

Williams started 39-of-50 games during his Oklahoma career, including twelve at left tackle and 27 on the right side. He was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2009, a third-team All-American as a junior in 2008, and a second-team Freshman All-American in 2006.

Last season, Williams (6-5, 314) earned consensus first-team All-Big XII Conference honors as he shifted to left tackle for his final season and allowed just two quarterback sacks. With Williams as the lone returning starter along the offensive line, the Sooners ranked 11th in the nation with an average of 289.23 passing yards per game and 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game (1.15).

As a junior, Williams started all 14 games and earned All-Big XII Conference first-team honors from the league’s coaches. He allowed just a half-sack and two pressures in 517 pass plays, while being penalized only twice. That season, Oklahoma finished third in the nation in passing (349.36 ypg), total offense (547.86 ypg) and fewest sacks allowed (0.93 spg), while leading the country in scoring (51.14 ppg).

Williams, joins three other 'Skins players hailing from Texas: wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, linebacker Robert Henson (both from Longview High), and linebacker Brian Orakpo.

Williams, one of five Oklahoma (three in the first round) players drafted in 2010 NFL draft, will be introduced out at Redskins Park at 2:30 today.

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