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NFL Draft 2009 Round 1 #13- Washington Redskins- DE Brian Orakpo

The Redskins make this pick very quickly.

ESPN writes- Orakpo came off the board this early because he can get to the quarterback. He has excellent first-step quickness, he can redirect insider after starting outside and has better closing speed than his 4.7 40 suggests. That?s not to say he can’t defend the run. He has excellent upper-body strength and is tough at the point of attack. Still, he could stand to add five to 10 pounds to his frame.

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