New York Giants: LB Brian Orakpo Perfect Fit For Big Blue


Brian Orakpo, who was sidelined for the last 10 games of the 2014 season with a pectoral injury, was an extremely productive pass rusher for the Washington Redskins. Orakpo is a free agent and he would be the perfect fit for the New York Giants.

In his six years with the Redskins, Orakpo has had 40 sacks. His best seasons were in 2009 (11 sacks) and in 2013 (10 sacks). He missed the bulk of the 2012 and 2014 season due to injuries. The fact that he is coming back from a second season ending injury may reduce the price tag.

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With the Redskins he was a stand up outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. With the Giants he would be a hand in the dirt defensive end. The change might be good for him, as he could just focus on pass rush and outside contain. If the Giants are able to retain Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants would have quite a lethal combination.

That being said, Orakpo would be a suitable replacement for Pierre-Paul as the main pass rusher of the Giants. Orakpo is a phenomenal athlete who can use both power and speed to get to the quarterback. Orakpo was a defensive end during his college career with the Texas Longhorns. He won the Ted Hendricks award for being the best defensive end in the country.

Getting back to the defensive end position could do wonders for his career. He has 22 sacks in his days at Texas. Orakpo is a freak of nature type athlete. If he is able to come back at full strength the Giants would be wise to sign him.

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