I'm running this as a series across the SB Nation NFL blogs. Five most important players to the franchise. Just one catch: they must be with the team for the long term (four years or more).
In no order:
Brian Orakpo, OLB/DE: A sack artist as a rookie; good OLB's are hard to find for a 3-4 defense. Orakpo is going to be good.
Chris Cooley, TE: Ol' Reliable for whoever starts at QB. He and Davis form a very nice TE tandem.
Fred Davis, TE: Started to breakout last season. Causes huge matchup problems with him and Cooley.
Derrick Dockery, LG: Washington's signing proved to be a smart one, as helped the line start to coalesce late in the season. Should be with the team for a while.