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Brian Orakpo Rumored to Be Falling at NFL Draft

Two years ago it was Brady Quinn who sat by in the green room waiting for his name to be called. 21 were heard before the Cleveland Browns traded up to take the Notre Dame quarterback, so the question remains on who will be present in New York and need to show patience?

Hours before the late 4 PM start, the name being whispered by the team representative’s tables as the one falling down the draft board was Brian Orakpo, defensive end out of Texas. Of the nine players who chose to be at Radio City Music Hall on the biggest day of their lives, the former Longhorn is the only defensive lineman, normally a position looked at as one to go high in a draft.

Why exactly Orakpo has been mentioned as falling remains to be seen. He had a great combine, showing amazing strength by doing 31 reps with 225 pounds on the bench press, as well as good speed for a big man with a 4.64 40-yard dash.

With the first two picks going as planned (QB Matthew Stafford to the Lions and T Jason Smith to the Rams), Tyson Jackson of LSU went third to Kansas City. The defensive end going before Orakpo does seem to give this a little credence.

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