An Illustrated Profile of NFL Draft Prospect Brian Orakpo

Published on January 7, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

A fifth-year senior from Texas, defensive end Brian Orakpo is a physically dominating player and one of the most disruptive defensive forces in the country. At 6-4 and 260 pounds, he has amazing physical skills that make him a beast from the defensive end position. He’s also a leader and a huge reason for the Longhorns’ success this season.

He plays equally well against the pass and the run. He’s a smart player who reads and reacts well to the play. And he hustles on every down.

Perhaps his greatest attribute is his ability to pressure the passer. He has great pass-rushing skills, getting off the ball quickly and delivering a strong punch at the line of scrimmage. He also uses good technique and has some quality pass-rushing moves. And while he might be a bit undersized for some teams, he has great strength that gives him the option of overpowering blockers or using his speed to get around the corner.

He could potentially make the move to rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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