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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Draft Scout Brian Orakpo News
01/10/18 - LB Brian Orakpo was given a day off to rest on Wednesday. It was not injury related.
11/29/17 - LB Brian Orakpo was given Wednesday off to rest a sore shoulder. He should return to practice by Thursday or Friday.
11/17/17 - LB Brian Orakpo left the game briefly with a leg injury, but was able to return and finish the contest.
11/13/17 - LB Brian Orakpo had a sack and strip of QB Andy Dalton during Sunday's game. Orakpo, who has said he isn't worried about sack numbers, has 2.5 sacks on the year now.
10/18/17 - LB Brian Orakpo was held out of Wednesday's practice, but it was more to give the veteran pass rusher a rest and was not injury related.
Orakpo has just one sack in six games thus far after leading the team in 10.5 a year ago.