Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, University of Texas
The Cleveland Browns have their fair share of needs but improving a defense that ranked 26th in 2008. Micheal Crabtree would have been a tempting option but the Seahawks took care of that delimna. The Browns are left with a decision between the best defensive/nose tackle in the draft, B.J. Raji and the best pass rushing DE/OLB, Brian Orakpo. The Browns registered just 17 sacks last year and one of their starting linebackers is 37 year old, Willie McGinest. Taking all of that into account Orakpo is the best option and he makes an immediate impact on a defense that seriously lacks play makers.
Positives: Orakpo's got great height and a solid build. He's got experience playing with his hand off the ground and plays the run as well as he rushes the passer. He's got good instincts and the physical ability to chase plays down from the backside as well as make plays from side line to side line. Though he's not terribly experienced in coverage, his hips look fluid when he drops back and he should be able to handle small zones.
Negatives: Might fit into the "workout warrior" category and his durability is a big concern. He doesn't have a great repertoire of pass rush moves and has the tendency to run hot and cold at times. Was a bit of an underachiever early in his career and didn't record more than 5.5 sacks until his senior season when he broke out with 11.5.
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