- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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Earlier in the week readers let me know what they thought of Brian Orakpo in a survey. A week ago it was some experts from ESPN who let us know -- and, like many discussions regarding Orakpo they were split on him. Now it’s time to see what others nationally think of Orakpo. (Yes, there are other free agents on the Redskins, but none as polarizing as Orakpo. No one else is at his level, either.)
Here’s a look at what four other sites say about Orakpo:
Where they ranked him: 11
What they said: "After missing most of 2012 with a pec injury, Orakpo returned and showed he could be a well-rounded OLB instead of just a stud pass rusher. Will he hit the market? Best fit: Redskins. Hard to see Washington, which has cap space, letting Orakpo go free."
Noteworthy: Bedard rated New York Giants’ defensive tackle Linval Joseph at No. 10 and called him a good fit for the Redskins if he somehow leaves. I like Joseph and agree that he would be a good boost for the line and provide more versatility to this group.
Where they ranked him: 4th
Where they ranked him: 3
What they said: "A three-time Pro Bowl pick and prototypical 3-4 edge rusher, Orakpo is still in his prime at age 27. Don't expect him to hit the open market."
Noteworthy: Orakpo was one of four players listed among tier-one free agents, trailing only New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham and Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy and ahead of Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd. They also ranked Riley as the No. 81 available free agent, calling him a good pick-up if "he can improve his tackling."
Where they ranked him: 5
What they said: "At least 8.5 sacks in each of four healthy seasons, including 10.0 in 2013. Has torn left pectoral twice in NFL. Not quite "elite" outside rusher, but close. In negotiations with Redskins, who need him. Could be franchise tagged before March 3 deadline."
Noteworthy: They ranked Riley as the No. 102 available player.
Where they rank him: No. 1 linebacker
What they said: "The top outside linebacker available will appeal to mainly teams running 3-4 defenses. He's not in the DeMarcus Ware category of pass-rushers, but he’s a notch below with a high motor, even if a few past injuries are concerning."
Noteworthy: They broke their ratings down by position. Perry Riley was the No. 8 linebacker while Rob Jackson is No. 28. Safety Brandon Meriweather is their 33rd-ranked defensive back. Josh Wilson (50), E.J. Biggers (52) and Reed Doughty (69) also are ranked among defensive backs. Other notable Redskins and how they ranked at their respective positions: quarterback Rex Grossman (11); receiver Santana Moss (13), receiver Josh Morgan (31), tight end Fred Davis (28), offensive lineman J.D. Walton (39).