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It seems to me that while numbers don't tell the whole story, these tell a lot more than total tackles or passes defensed without charting the actual situations.
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Rak is a top 10 pass rusher in the NFL, and I love Rob Jackson but this conversation is only warranted if he comes close to that type of production.
It amazes me that fan here are saying that Orakpo is a one trick pony and a just better than average player. That they would trade him for the right compensation as long as that compensation is a 1st or 2nd rounder, a CB or or a RT.
Better than average player in the NFL does not equal a 1st or 2nd Rounder in return.
Expectations need to be adjusted. Either your expectation of what comp you can get or where Orakpo's ceiling is.
Last edited by CTskins; September-27th-2012 at 12:02 PM.
Orakpo, skillwise, was definitely worth a 1st rounder. Same thing with Kerrigan. Considering the odds of hitting on a player in the 1st round are somewhere around 50%, getting two definite good-very good starters was excellent. Both have the potential to reach beyond "very good" into "great." The key question on Orakpo now is injuries. I think he had a ton to show us this year that sadly, we won't now get to see. I sincerely hope he comes back 100% next year and lights it up like I suspect he would've this year if not for his injury.
I've said I'm on board with bringing Orakpo back if the price is right. If we can trade him for a 2nd or a 3rd that would be fantastic... but that trade has to be pending on what Jackson and Wilson can do this season and how consistent they can be. I'd prefer one of them to take over the spot and do well, I'd be a little more comfortable with saying "This is Rob Jackson, he's our guy" vice saying that "here's a comittee that will replace this guy." Even though I'm high on Wilson for depth at the worst.Who do we have that you feel comfortable enough with if we trade Orakpo and Kerrigan goes down?
You are right, he wasn't out last season, but he did get the injury in the last game and now his body appears to be compensating. That's not a good size when you are that big and the position is that demanding.Orakpo hasn't been hurt for 2 straight seasons.
Fair point about the age, but the point remains that we got nothing in return for Cooley except a divided fan base prior to the last pre-season game.Cooley came back from his first injury and have one of his best seasons and then went injured in '11 and '12. Big difference talking about a 9 year TE compared to a 3 year OLB.
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Last edited by DC9; September-27th-2012 at 12:39 PM.
Being an effective edge rusher is about more then just sacks its about how often a player actually gets to pass rush, total pressures, QB hits, disruptions.
PFF has a metric that looks at the whole pass rushing picture not just sacks.
Rak is ranked #11 just outside top 10:
This is what I'm talking about. You're making me out to be a bad guy here and I'm not a bad guy! I'm an Orakpo fan and I think this is a better team with Orakpo on it. But he's not a top 10 pass rusher and he's probably not a top 15 pass rusher. That doesn't mean I think he sucks.
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