2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Brian Orakpo Profile
Strengths: Nice frame with great muscular build and bulk ... Highly athletic with a nice burst off the snap ... Great flexibility and shows an ability to bend his waist and dip past offensive tackles ... Nice balance and stays on his feet ... Elite swim move ... Very active and has the statistics to back that up ... Consistent motor and is a relentless pass rusher ... Strong at the point of attack ... Very quick; agility grades out highly ... Shows a very wide range on the field ... Big time leader and gets clutch plays ... Pro Bowl potential.
Weaknesses: Sometimes I see a lack in instincts; will read run, then hesitates to pursue ... Good use better hands against the run, but this can be improved with coaching ... Can he drop back in coverage in the 3-4 as a linebacker? ... Durability concerns.
Summary: Orakpo for months has been the No. 4 player on my Big Board, and he will not be moving very far come Draft Day, if at all. Orakpo shows the burst to close that I love and the effort to make a smooth transition to the 3-4 from Day 1. Will come off the board between picks 5 and 9. After Everette Brown checked in at 6-1 and Aaron Maybin struggled with the extra weight, Orakpo is the clear cut best 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker in the 2009 NFL Draft.
Player Comparison: Terrell Suggs. Both players have the same build and ability that strikes fear into the hearts of opposing left tackles.