230 tackles, 39.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and countless sleepless nights for opposing quarterbacks–yeah, it makes sense why Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo is considered the top No. 13 overall pick of the last decade by NFL.com.
Referred to as the top “rock star” at that particular slot since 2003, here are some of his best quarterback rockin’ moments since 2009:
Orakpo tracked down Detroit’s prized Lion in Week 3 of the 2009 season for his first career sack. Check out the play starting at the 3:07 mark of this video:
In December of his rookie season, Orakpo sent two different Oakland Raider quarterbacks home with some gifts—stories of how it feels to get sacked by a muscle-bound Texan twice. His four sacks that day is still a career-high.
Remembering the day:
In 2011, Orakpo showed the St. Louis Rams what a healthy dosage of skill and power can do on the gridiron (see one of his 2.5 sacks that day and him bulldozing a Ram with a headlights look at the 2:23 mark):
Rebounding from a 2012 season where he played in only two games due to injury, Orakpo recorded 10 sacks and his first career pick six in 2013:
For what it’s worth, one season after the burgundy and gold selected Orakpo, the Philadelphia Eagles selected linebacker Brandon Graham. In 48 games, Graham has 11.5 sacks.
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