Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: The Redskins were thwarted in their efforts to move up to choose Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez and Texas linebacker Brian Orakpo, but then lucked out to have Orakpo still be there at No. 13. Orakpo will begin his NFL career at left end but is versatile enough to play strong-side linebacker. Those were the Redskins' biggest needs going into the draft and are the positions that five-year starter Marcus Washington filled the past five years (the latter often as a pass rusher on third downs). Orakpo was sixth in the nation with 11.5 sacks as a senior and should be the Redskins' best outside pass rusher. A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 1/13 -- Brian Orakpo, DE, 6-3, 260, Texas...The Redskins biggest dilemma with Orakpo will be whether to play him at left end (where he'll begin his career) or strong-side linebacker. The son of Nigerian immigrants was the first defensive lineman picked by Washington in the first round in 12 years. - by The Sports Xchange
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12/02/13 - OLB Brian Orakpo's two sacks against the Giants gave him 5.5 in the past four games, the best such span of his career.
11/20/13 - OLB Brian Orakpo needs one sack to pass the retired Dave Butz (35.5) for fifth in Redskins history.
11/13/13 - -- OLB Brian Orakpo needs two sacks to tie the retired Dave Butz for fifth in franchise history with 35.5.
10/23/13 - OLB Brian Orakpo needs 1.5 sacks to tie Andre Carter for sixth on Washington's all-time list with 34.
10/21/13 - OLB Brian Orakpo was an All-American defensive end at Texas and made the Pro Bowl at outside linebacker during his first two NFL seasons, 2009 and 2010. But going back to middle school, Orakpo had never intercepted a pass or scored a touchdown.
On Sunday, Orakpo achieved both firsts on the same play. When safety Reed Doughty hit intended receiver Alshon Jeffery with 13:27 left in the second quarter, the ball deflected into the hands of Orakpo, who ran 29 yards to put Washington ahead 17-10.
"Reed made a hell of a play on the ball, and I just happened to be there, running to the ball, chasing it and it fell right into my lap," Orakpo said with a grin. "I was able to take it to the crib. It was a great feeling. I was so excited that I didn't know what to do once I got in the end zone."