Orakpo is intriguing to Texans

February, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo is viewed by some as the best defensive end in the draft.

If he's viewed that way by NFL decision-makers with the first 14 picks, then the Houston Texans won't even have a shot at him. But he's got to be intriguing to them considering that their primary offseason mission is to find pass-rush help to take some attention away from Mario Williams.

Williams accounted for 12 of his team's 25 sacks last season.

Orakpo's official measurements were 6-foot-3, and 263 pounds -- that's pretty impressive for a guy who was 210 in high school and now says he's eating all the time.

Here are some quick highlights from his podium session Saturday:

What is your best position?

Any position. Right end, left end, Sam, Will, Mike, anything, 3-4, 4-3, it doesn't matter. That's the thing about being that athletic and as versatile as I am, you can put a guy in anything.

Are you serious about the Mike?

No, I just threw that out there.

Are you a top-five player?

I think I can be. I think I have the potential, the athleticism and also the learning curve to be. It's not about the best player available. It's about the best player that's needed. So we'll see.

What's your favorite position in a perfect world?

In a perfect world, I just want to rush the passer, first through fourth down if it was a perfect world. Any position where I can be effective doing what I naturally do best and that's getting after the passer and affecting him. It's not all about the sacks, it's all about pressure.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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