Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 11/14/14

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21: Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins is introduced before the Redskins take on the Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brian Orakpo has said he is 100% The Washington Redskins best pass rusher, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has been an important part of Washington’s defense since he was drafted 13th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for Skins fans and for Orakpo, he tore the same pectoral muscle twice within a 9 month span. Losing Brian Orakpo on the field not only hurt the pass rush, but it hurt the Redskins entire defense.  Orakpo tore his pec against the St. Louis Rams in the second game of the 2012 season, coming on a sack of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.  Up until that injury, Orakpo was having a good game. He had three tackles and a sack, a near interception and multiple quarter back pressures. The Redskins pass rush and defense were the parts who felt his loss the most. The pass rush went from tied for 10th in the NFL with 41 sacks in 2011 to 23rd with only 32 sacks in 2012. The pass defense fell from 12th to 30th in a years time,and one of the biggest reasons for that was the lack of our dominant pass rusher Brian Orakpo. When the Redskins have their two best edge rushers working together — Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan — the offense can not focus on shutting down just one player, resulting in on of the two usually getting a single blocker. The Washington Redskins duo of Orakpo and Kerrigan is one of the best in the NFL. They are both young, talented, athletic, and do an great job of putting pressure on the quarterback. Orakpo has recorded 28.5 sacks in his first three NFL seasons and that puts him in elite company with some of the NFL greats as to what they accomplished in their first three seasons. Rak should be able to approach double digit sacks every year when he is healthy. Orakpo has told the media that his pectoral muscle is 100% healthy and recovered from that injury. He said the rehab has gone well and his body is feeling even better than what it was before. Here is video of Rak sitting down with Redskins Insider Larry Michael: It remains to be seen how much Orakpo will participant in the Redskins OTAs on May 20th, but it is certainly great to  to hear straight from the source that he is back to 100%. The Washington Redskins organization, team and fans should be excited about this great news. With Brian Orakpo back in the fold for the 2013 season, the Washington Redskins should once again have of the best front sevens in the entire national football league and apply constant chaos for opposing offenses. Related posts: Washington Redskins Breakout Candidates Robert Griffin III makes his home debut as Redskins host Bengals Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Mock Draft

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