Number 5: Brian Orakpo
OLB – #98 – 6’4 257lbs – Exp. 9 – Texas – 2015 UFA
Sack Master Orakpo, as they call him in the boonies of Pennsylvania, is a perfect professional football player. Every aspect of his persona is a model of an elite player in the NFL. Orakpo’s passion for the game is unmatched. His intensity on the field is felt by all in the stadium, however, nobody feels it like the blocker assigned to him. His relentless attacks on opposing quarterbacks creates terror for an offensive unit.
Last season for him showed that he is just hitting his prime. His stellar 10.5 sack season wasn’t even representative of his impact on the field. If he wasn’t getting the sack, he was constantly getting heavy pressures or getting double teamed which opens up room for the rest of the defense. Orakpo is simply a master at his craft of pass rushing. His name should be amongst the elite at his position as he has been to the Pro Bowl four times in eight seasons. He is a wrecking ball for the two-tone blue defense and an essential part of the Titans’ ascension into January football contention.
Stat Projection: 11.5 Sacks, 51 Tot. Tackles, 1 FF