This is the underlying concern I had with the prospect of us taking Orakpo at 12, after Jackson and Raji were off the board.
If you listened close enough, you could hear this analysis leading up to the draft. Yet, the MSM group-thinks all want to question taking the best RB in the draft. Orakpo was apparently most people's band-aid-on-the-defense suggestion at 12. In my opinion, this guy has bust written all over him & I'm thankful McX chose a franchise caliber weapon--who can take off significant pressure from the QB and the defense
--instead of a group-think, workout warrior.
DE Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins
From Wes Bunting at NationalFootballPost.com
Not only do I have questions concerning Orakpo as a prospect, I also don’t think he’s a good fit in Greg Blache’s defense. The best film on Orakpo in the 2008 season is the footage of him in the Texas weight room. He plays nowhere near the strength his weight-room numbers would indicate, and if you want more proof, pop in the tape of him vs. OT Phil Loadholt, or worse yet, the tape of him vs. TE Brandon Pettigrew. He struggled holding the point of attack against both these guys and was consistently bullied by them in the run game. Plus, I still don’t think Orakpo has the first step to reach the corner in the NFL and feel his elite physical attributes simply don’t show up on the field.
And in the event that you had another "Coach Mc(insert derogatory name here)" aneurism and missed pick numbers 18, and 37, Denver selected their top-rated DE/OLB hybrid and CB.
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