Homer McFanboy aka Brian Murphy has been a staple at Redskins training camp and spoke with Chris Samuels and London Fletcher about Orakpo's progress. It's officially time to get excited people:
"You know, I'll tell you, this young kid is going to be awesome at this level," said offensive tackle Chris Samuels. "I'm working against him and he beat me a few times out there. I'm just trying to get back into the groove of things and he's coming out fired up as a young pup. He's going to be awesome, and I tell you what - I'm definitely glad to be working against him. He's definitely going to help me get better."
He's that good?
"Oh, definitely, I've got to step it up," he said. "Any time you go against anyone out here, they're pros so you've got to step it up, but like I said, he's definitely good. He's going to be a great one. I compare him to DeMarcus Ware already, with his speed, quickness and power. He's a tough guy."
As for London Fletcher:
"Well, Chris' assessment fits pretty well," he said. "Obviously he's faced DeMarcus many times. Personally he reminds me of Leonard Little, my teammate back in St. Louis. They both have the same body types. They're both about 6-3, around 250 lbs. and could rush the passer like crazy. He definitely reminds me of Leonard, and that's a guy who has had a great career...He's got a lot of natural ability so he's come in and made the transition smoothly to linebacker and when he's had the opportunity to rush the passer, which he's known for, he's done great at that too. He's definitely making the transition very well."
What does Orakpo say about everything?
"I'm just a hard-working guy who studies the game, loves this game and doesn't want to use that excuse of being a rookie. You know, they've put a lot of responsibility on me, they've thrown me into the fire, and I've got to respond. That's what everyone should be doing - they've got to study and make sure they know what they're doing. Everybody's going to make mistakes, so do it while giving 100 percent."
OK..so the defense is set. Please someone tell me the O-line is not as bad as we think. I dreamt that, right?