...Kiper likes Texas end Brian Orakpo for the Redskins. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said he thought Orakpo might be a better fit as a 3-4 linebacker, but Kiper disagrees. The same is true when it comes to Everette Brown from Florida State, another guy Mayock, and others, said would be best as a 3-4 linebacker.
"He's a guy the Redskins have to look at," Kiper said of Orakpo. "Everette Brown from Florida State is another guy I would consider. They have to get a defensive lineman. They tried it with Jason Taylor last year and that did not work out so they need an end or a tackle. But [he'd take] Orakpo from Texas. He's a 4-3 end all the way. Brown, some people say he can play on his feet, but I see him as an end in a 4-3. Dwight Freeney isn't that tall. The height is not a big deal with me. Aaron Maybin from Penn State could be a 3-4 outside linebacker. Maybin was a one-year flash who took it to a level that was extraordinary. The kid was dominant. He has a tremendous burst to the quarterback."
...Kiper on Boston College defensive tackle B.J. Raji, another possible target by the Redskins. One note: Kiper said Raji could be off the board at No. 12 to Denver. Or sooner.
"He's a short, squat leverage guy," Kiper said. "He had some very good games this year. In some games he was as dominant as any defensive tackle in the country and he had a great senior year. He was real disruptive along the interior and a real presence."
...Like most experts, Kiper does not think there is an offensive tackle who will be available at 13 worth taking. The top three – Baylor's Jason Smith, Alabama's Andre Smith and Virginia's Eugene Monroe – likely will be gone. And the fourth, Ole Miss' Michael Oher, isn't expected to be a mid-round pick. Too many questions exist about this talented, but underperforming tackle.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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