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Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Hawks' picks: Round 1/6 -- Russell Okung, OT, 6-5, 300, Oklahoma State: The Seahawks were lucky to have their replacement for cornerstone OT Walter Jones fall into their laps here. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Russell Okung News
09/26/16 - OT Russell Okung left for 17 snaps Sunday because of a lower back issue. Okung departed late in the first quarter, but returned late in the second quarter. Michael Schofield took his place at left tackle.
08/09/16 - LT Russell Okung continues to make progress as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, but he will not play against the Bears. Okung's team-period repetitions have increased throughout training camp.
07/28/16 - OT Russell Okung is being gradually brought up to speed. He did not see any team-period repetitions Thursday as he completes his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. Michael Schofield worked in his place.
06/02/16 - LT Russell Okung is not expected to take any team-period repetitions during OTAs as he completes his recovery from shoulder surgery. Michael Schofield continues to work in his spot.
05/26/16 - LT Russell Okung represented himself as his own agent, and in March signed a contract that could be worth up to $53 million -- but only guaranteed him $1 million in the form of an offseason workout bonus this year.
He bet on himself. But given the paucity of effective left tackles on the market, the deal seemed to be an unnecessary risk. He could play only the 2016 season, and finish with just $5 million earned if the Broncos do not exercise the option on his deal for 2017 and beyond.
"And I'm fine with that," Okung said. "That's kind of why I signed the deal. I didn't mind the deal. That's why I wanted to sign it."
But in his mind, the contract was "the best deal in the best place," even though it has been pilloried by pundits in the last two months.
"I would say if I listened to the media, I wouldn't be where I am today," he said. "I definitely can't really take into account a lot of publications that don't necessarily look to understand all of the facts.
"I think if anybody wants to ask me a question or understand it better, understand the facts first. Real facts; not assumptions. All that information is available to people and for people to see."
Okung is expected to be limited to individual drills throughout OTAs as he completes recovery from shoulder surgery. Michael Schofield saw work in his place.