PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 01: Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins sacks Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ken went to the lab with his new mad scientist series here. I'll continue today with another extremely hypothetical thought or scenario if the Redskins were looking to trade in the early portion of this season.
Brian Orakpo has two years left on his contract and only a combined salary slightly over $2.5 million. Orakpo's contract isn't much of a story right now, but it's only a matter of time before it does become a strong focal point in the DC media. For some reason when you hear "trade" and "Redskins" the name Brian Orakpo often comes up.
As much of fan favorite as Orakpo is and as effective as he has been, a number of fans have pointed to Rob Jackson's production when given the opportunity in place of Orakpo. Certainly Jackson doesn't have the numbers to immediately warrant a trade, but he has impressed when placed into action and in preseason.
The question is what would the Redskins get for Orakpo? Why would they trade him? And, finally, who would be a suitor for an Orakpo trade? First off lets start with the why. It seems to be pretty simple that the biggest reason to trade Orakpo would be to supplement him with Jackson and hopefully recoup a first round pick that we previously traded to the Rams. In terms of suitors, is there really a team that Orakpo wouldn't fit on. Pass rushers are a premium in this league and any team would be glad to have him.
At the high end Orakpo could, perhaps, garner a first round pick which the Redskins could then target any of the following players:
Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Robert Woods, WR, USC
Keenan Anderson, WR, Cal
Star Lotulelei, NT, Utah
Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State
David Amerson, CB, NC State
Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
The question is do any of these players make the Redskins instantly better than with Orakpo? Or better in the long run? Although this is a list of enticing names, I still think it would make the most sense for the Skins to not further explore any Orakpo trades, rather focus on locking him up long term.