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Meet the Beast: Brian Orakpo

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Old 04-25-2009, 10:46 PM   #76
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Wait, what? Keep Carlos when? You mean keep him after the 2009 season? He's not going anywhere this year.
Yeah, sorry, omitted next year from that
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:56 PM   #77
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Good (great?) pick. Says a lot of good things. Seems to take nothing for granted. His speed and strength are going to be trouble for opposing linemen. Imagine the poor RB that has to pick up his blitz. I'm not expecting any special numbers in 2009, but I do think we'll see plenty of flashes of what he'll become for us for many years to come.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:01 PM   #78
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Re: Meet the Beast: Brian Orakpo

I know nothing about the guy, so I can't give him a grade. But since it's the first defensive linemen we've taken in the first three rounds since 1997, I like the selection.

As to whether OT was a bigger need -- flip a coin. DE and OL needs seemed to be about even.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:20 PM   #79
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I think this pick has off the field ramifications for the Redskins fanbase. A lot of us, including the administrator of this website, were considering having a serious falling out with the team amidst the Cutler thing and if the supposed Sanchez love affair came to fruition. I think staying put, not mortgaging the future and opting for stability at QB, and then landing a guy like Orakpo, all the while running a great bluff around Sanchez is a big deal.

This move made me feel a good bit better (for now) about how the front office is doing things. The sense of relief I have is huge.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:37 PM   #80
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A+ pick...he was the one guy I really wanted but thought it was unrealistic to have him there at 13. I was getting more and more excited every time a team took another player. Make no mistake, this kid is a beast, and we got a steal. Yes, he was at 13, so how much of a steal can he be? Well, he will put up numbers worthy of a #1. Smart pick...thank you FO for not kicking the team in the nutts with a dumb trade for Sanchez! We are MUCH better off! This gives us an amazing line. I am super excited for our pass rush this year! I don't recall the last time it looked this good!
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:41 PM   #81
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I think this pick has off the field ramifications for the Redskins fanbase. A lot of us, including the administrator of this website, were considering having a serious falling out with the team amidst the Cutler thing and if the supposed Sanchez love affair came to fruition. I think staying put, not mortgaging the future and opting for stability at QB, and then landing a guy like Orakpo, all the while running a great bluff around Sanchez is a big deal.

This move made me feel a good bit better (for now) about how the front office is doing things. The sense of relief I have is huge.
I don't feel relief because I never really bit on the Sanchez stuff. But, yes, I feel a lot more confidence about the FO after today. They bluffed exceptionally well and landed a very fine pick. They capitalized on their reputation for stupidity by doing something pretty smart.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:50 PM   #82
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I don't feel relief because I never really bit on the Sanchez stuff. But, yes, I feel a lot more confidence about the FO after today. They bluffed exceptionally well and landed a very fine pick. They capitalized on their reputation for stupidity by doing something pretty smart.
That's what I'm saying. If in fact that was our real intention (which I doubt we'll ever know), then it's a really great move by Snyderatto.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:54 PM   #83
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So best starting front four in the NFL, Cater Grif, Hay, and Rak? On paper looks like it.

Also gotta love Rak's answer to what he was gonna buy with his first pick. A huge bed, nice. Also he looked generally happy to get pick by Wash.
That's the problem.....best on paper. They're always the best on paper, they need to be the best on the FIELD. You cant win games on paper, if you could, we would have six or seven super bowl rings adn we wouldnt be a .500 team every year.
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Old 04-26-2009, 12:02 AM   #84
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I don't know as much about Orakpo as I probably should, I really didn't study him much, but if he's as good as projected, combined with AH, our d-line went from "So What?" to "Oh Shit!" this offseason. Bring on the Cowgirls!
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I don't know as much about Orakpo as I probably should, I really didn't study him much, but if he's as good as projected, combined with AH, our d-line went from "So What?" to "Oh Shit!" this offseason. Bring on the Cowgirls!


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Old 04-26-2009, 12:14 AM   #86
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Awesome pick!! They could have gone either way between OL and DE, but matching a guy like Orakpo with Carter, Griffin, and most notably Haynesworth was too good to pass up. I also love the fact that the team didn't hesitate at all with the pick as it took them less than 2 minutes to announce their selection.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:58 AM   #87
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Words cannot express how glad I was when the Jets got Snachez. I saw the poor fans shake their heads and I said to myself, better you than me. I'm glad we got Orakpo. I'd have liked Oher but I think we have plenty of time to get someone now that we haven't traded away everything.

I missed everything else after we picked.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:59 AM   #88
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A few thoughts:

-The interest in Sanchez was legit, but they weren't going to trade up any higher than 8th to the Jaguars and they were relatively stingy in what they were going to give up. Plus, the deal would have had to have been coupled with a Campbell trade (or possibly someone else) for another 2nd or 3rd round pick

-A bit surprised that Orakpo fell, though not entirely (I had in my mock to the Skins a couple of weeks ago). His stock seemed to be falling recently through no fault of his own really. But this was the guy Vinny has wanted for a long time. He was definitely the driving force behind this pick. At the last minute I thought they might pick Cushing (he's another guy I know they liked), but I'm glad they went with Orakpo (Matty, sorry about the Maualuga text-my USC guy was messing with me)

-It is kind of funny though how we put so much focus on the dinner and private meetings they had with Sanchez, yet when a few of us pointed out the same exact stuff was happening with Orakpo...it was ignored.

-As for the pick itself, I think it's a good one. The knee issues obviously are something to monitor closely, but he has the ability to do all the things we envisioned for Jason Taylor (and he's a decade younger). He'll be exciting to watch.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:15 AM   #89
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YES!!!!! We just drafted THE INCREDIBLE HULK. Unlike Bruce Banner though, it looks like RAK won't change back into a wimpy little scientist. DON'T...MAKE...RAK...MAD!!!!!
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