Despite finishing fourth in overall defense last season, the Redskins posted just 24 sacks — good for 28th in the NFL. With that stat in mind, the Redskins were in the market for an impact pass rusher in this year’s draft and fulfilled that need Saturday by taking Texas DE Brian Orakpo with the 13th overall pick.
“I just have a fire and intensity to get after the quarterback,” Orakpo told the Redskins’ official Web site. “I do whatever it takes. I don’t have a favorite move, I just get after it and bring the pressure.”
Joining free-agent DT addition Albert Haynesworth on the line certainly will help Orakpo’s cause, as will the fact that he is going to a team that recently released DEs Jason Taylor and Demetric Evans.
Orakpo told the Redskins’ Web site that he’s excited about playing with Haynesworth:
- “Having one of the best defensive tackles in the game right now will make my job easier, I’ll tell you that much,” Orakpo said. “That is what you need, that force up the middle. It will be great.”