While your brief analysis of the Panther's Oline has a lot of truth to it, I'm not sure it's yet fair to say that their is a problem in the 2ndary. The rooks are playing pretty well and definitely aren't the problem. Another is that they can't get a pass rush because the QBs are having success throwing the ball for short, quick, Brady esque passes, but when throwing deeper, the interior rush at least is getting there, and the corners have been impressing. While they are no Norman at this point, I can say that they are one of the few bright spots so far. The main problem is that the Oline can't block, and special teams can't tackle.
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.