Brian Orakpo Makes Appearance On’s Indispensable List

Good height and upper-body build. … Plays with his hand down, but stands up at times. … Easily gets off blocks of offensive tackles to make a play in the hole. … Can also hold his ground well against larger tackles. … Has good backfield awareness, watching for misdirection, cutbacks and bootlegs. … Closes on the quarterback well and secures the tackle. …

That was Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo’s scouting report before being selected by the franchise in the 2009 NFL Draft.

39.5 sacks later and countless plays where his pressure has caused opposing quarterbacks to question their reasoning for playing the sport, it’s logical to place the grizzled Texan as one of the league’s most important defensive players.

Checking in on Media Analyst Adam Schein’s Most Indispensable list, here’s a little bit more about the man Redskins Nation refers to as ‘Rak.

As a rookie, Orakpo started all 16 games where he totaled 50 tackles and 11 sacks, the most by a first-year player in franchise history.

In 2010, Orakpo once again led the burgundy and gold in quarterback takedowns with 8.5, becoming the first Redskin to have at least eight sacks in back-to-back seasons since Ken Harvey in 1996 and 1997.

No. 98 got off to a great start in 2011, this time on special teams where he blocked a New York Giant field goal attempt in Week 1. He would finish the season with nine sacks.

After missing the majority of the 2012 season, Orakpo picked up right where he left off in 2013. In 15 games last season, Orakpo recorded a career-high 60 tackles and 10 sacks en route to his third Pro Bowl appearance.


ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.