Brian Orakpo addressed the media at Redskins Park today, fielding questions about the absent Albert Haynesworth (“He handled his situation and he’ll be back soon”); new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett (“You can relate to him. He played this game”); and who he models his game after (“I look at everybody”).
He also delved a bit into such now-familiar 2010 Redskins offseason topics as A) How enthusiastic he is about the level of competition around Redskins Park.
“I love competition,” he said. “Lot of guys here love competition. You don’t ever wanna be in the situation where, hey, my job’s secure so I’m gonna stop working. I hope that the next guy behind me is gonna be comin’ in, try to take my spot, it makes me work better. Try to take Haynesworth’s spot, it makes him work better. Andre, Fletcher, everybody. Nobody’s spot is secure until we start the season, and that’s what’s gonna make us better. We won four games so it’s subject to change.”
And offseason topic B) Are the Redskins transitioning to a 3-4 defense?
“I didn’t get the word we [were going] 3-4 yet,” he said. “Tell you the truth, I don’t know, man. We’ll see. But whatever scheme we’re in, I know the coach is doin’ a great job getting some stuff set up for all of us to make plays. The number one thing [is], we gotta make turnovers. We were last in the league, and we gotta create turnovers and get the ball back to our offense. I’d be excited either way. Either/or, it doesn’t matter. Long as I move forward and rush the passer, it don’t matter. 4-3, 3-4, just get me rushing and I’m good.”
But perhaps the most entertaining part of Orakpo’s appearance was when it turned into an impromptu session of Brian Orakpo Previews The 2010 NFL Draft. It started with a question about Russell Okung, the highly-rated offensive tackle out of Oklahoma State who battled Orakpo when he was rushing the passer at Texas. From there, it seemed like everyone wanted Orakpo’s opinion on a different player, leading him to laugh, “Y’all gonna ask me everybody, huh? What about Coach [Mack] Brown?”
Still, without further ado, here are Brian Orakpo’s takes on a few of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft.
Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung:
“He’s a Big XII guy. A lot of Big XII guys are really good. I’ve got a lot of respect for Big XII people. Me and him, we had a good battle my senior year. He’s a guy that’s got great feet, very strong, very athletic for a tackle. Whoever picks him up got a hell of a player, because I know what kind of player he is and he brings a lot to the table as far as stopping those big play pass rushers.”
(Someone asked a follow-up about if Orakpo would like to see Okung — a projected top 5 pick — drafted by the Redskins. “I’d love to see him here,” Orakpo said. “We need a blocker. We need some blockers, so we’ll see.”)
Oklahoma offensive tackle Trent Williams:
“I never faced Trent. He was a right tackle down there at OU — Sergio Kindle, the other [Texas pass rusher] when I was there, he faced him and they were battling as well when I was going with the [left] tackle. He’s a pretty good guy, but I haven’t faced him personally.”
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford:
“Bradford’s a great quarterback, man. We used to battle all the time, Texas-OU. You know how those games went. He’s a guy that leads his team real well and can make some huge plays. He’s a smart, intelligent quarterback and I wish him the best wherever he goes.”
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy:
“Colt is a phenomenal player, man. He’s a Drew Brees-type player. That’s who people like to compare him to because he’s not as tall, but he plays big. He plays with a big heart and is a great leader. He’s an accurate quarterback, that’s one thing he is. He’s very accurate. He gets the ball in the right spot and can make plays. When broken plays happen he can make plays and turn them into huge gains. Like I said, he’s a great leader, a great person and whatever team he goes to, man, he’s really going to excel, I know it.”
Santana Moss talked today as well. For his comments on Clinton Portis, Kyle Shanahan, and more, click here.
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