Brian Orakpo NFL Football rookie preview for the number 13 pick in the 2009 NFL draft selected by the Washington Redskins from the Texas.
Number 13 Pick: Washington Redskins – Brian Orakpo (DE, Texas)
The Washington Redskins used the thirteenth pick in the 2009 NFL Draft by taking Brian Orakpo from University of Texas. Many believed that a team higher up would have taken Orakpo. The Redskins are hoping that the tandem of Orakpo and Haynesworth will record multiple sacks.
Orakpo is a hard working football player who used his time well at Texas. By the time he graduated, Orakpo had gotten the Big Twelve Conference Defensive Player of the Year award, the Lombardi Award, Nagurski Trophy, and the Hendricks Award. His numbers reflect the awards: 11.5 sacks, 32 solo tackles, and 17.5 tackles going for a loss in just 12 games. He has the ability to read the play and drop back into coverage.
Orakpo is a weight room phenomenom. When he came to the University of Texas he was a skinny football player. Over his years with the Longhorns he packed on 50 pounds of muscle. His strength allows him to wrap up and make the tackle. His hard work pays off on the field as he gets most of his sacks through hustle. He is also an aware defender and watches where the football is going.
Orakpo has had knee issues in college with injuries. He tends to get muscled around despite his strength. Overall this is a good pick by the Redskins and Orakpo should team up well with Haynesworth. His work ethic should translate well to the pro-level and he will learn what it takes to make an impact.
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