Seahawks Pick Okung With 6th PickPosted: Updated:
Renton, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks had 2 1st round draft picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Here is who they selected on Thursday:
Pick #6, Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
The Seattle Seahawks have selected All-American left tackle Russell Okung from Oklahoma State with the sixth overall choice in the NFL draft. New coach Pete Carroll and new general manager John Schneider moved to fill their biggest and most urgent need first in Thursday's draft.
The team expects 36-year-old, six-time All-Pro left tackle Walter Jones to retire before this season following two knee surgeries.
Okung is Seattle's first tackle taken in the opening round since Jones. Jones also went sixth overall, in 1997. Okung started 47 consecutive college games, the last 39 at left tackle.
Pick #14 -- Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas
The Seattle Seahawks have selected Texas safety Earl Thomas with the 14th overall pick in the NFL draft. Thursday's second move by new coach Pete Carroll and new general manager John Schneider targeted the biggest need on Seattle's defense. The Seahawks had just two safeties on the roster present for last week's minicamp.
The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Thomas is an instinctive ball hawk. He had eight interceptions as an All-Big 12 selection for the Longhorns last season. He is the first safety selected in the first round by Seattle since Kenny Easley in 1981.