Washington Redskins

Preseason Opener: Redskins' Brian Orakpo Versus Ravens' Michael Oher

ASHBURN, VA - AUGUST 03:  Defensive end Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins warms up during training camp August 3, 2009 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Anthony BrownCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2009

Greg Trippiedi's Hog Heaven story yesterday, Heyer, Jansen, or Other..., brings to mind that the Washington Redskins could have gone in another direction on Draft Day.

They could have taken OT Michael Oher instead of DE Brian Orakpo.

There's something to be said for building strength on strength, so there's no complaint about boosting the defense with pass rusher Orakpo.

Pass blocking was the bigger need, though. When the Redskins passed on Oher in the first round of the April Draft, the Baltimore Ravens pounced.

Has Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome ever made a bad first-round draft pick?

With Oher in nearby Charm City, Skins fans will be teased, pleased or tormented as Oher's story unfolds. Oher is having a good training camp and is working at left tackle with the first team in place of injured Jared Gaither.

It happens that the Redskins renew their pseudo-rivalry against the Ravens on Thursday, August 13.

The Redskins rave about Orakpo as much as the Ravens do about Oher. Third down match-ups with Oher blocking at left tackle and Orakpo rushing from right defensive end will tease, please, or torment Redskin fans.

Whatever happens, the Earth will rumble.

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