Brian Orakpo as a 1st Pick for the Packers???

What do you think about Brian Orakpo as a 1st Pick for the Packers???


Since earning Defensive Freshman of the Year honors in 2005, Orakpo flashed game-changing ability but saved his best for last. As a senior, he won the Lombardi, Hendricks and Nagurski awards and established himself as arguably the elite senior defensive lineman in the 2009 draft. An effective all-around defender capable of making plays against the run -- not to mention his most recognized skill, chasing quarterbacks -- he was even better than his impressive statistics (42 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, four forced fumbles) would indicate, despite the fact that he missed time due to a knee injury. Orakpo also missed time with a knee injury in 2007, his only other season as a full-time starter. Orakpo's senior production and NFL teams' hunger for pass rushers is certain to make the All-American a first-round selection. Durability questions and a lack of elite burst off the snap could make it a later pick than his big name and trophy case might seem to indicate he'd warrant.

High School

Coached by Tom Nolan at Lamar High ... Three-year letterman ... A starter at defensive end as a sophomore, junior and senior ... A two-time first-team all-district selection ... Helped his team to a 29-8 mark in those three seasons ... Was part of a Lamar squad that posted at least nine victories all three years ... Was twice tabbed an all-district defensive end ... also saw action at tight end ... Tabbed second-team All-Greater Houston and first-team all-district (18-5A) as a senior ... Despite missing one-third of his senior season due to injury, posted 36 tackles, 12 TFLs and nine sacks ... Had three sacks and eight solo tackles versus Yates that year ... Posted two sacks and seven solo tackles versus Sam Houston as a senior ... Helped his team to an 11-2 record and the state quarterfinals in 2003 ... Earned first-team all-district (18-5A) honors as a junior ... Also earned All-Greater Houston recognition that year ... Posted 10 sacks in helping Lamar to a 9-3 record and a spot in the regional finals that year.


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