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Manley: Brian Orakpo Needs ‘More Moves’ to Become Top NFL Pass Rusher

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass as outside linebacker Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins rushes in in the first quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass as outside linebacker Brian Orakpo #98 of the Washington Redskins rushes in in the first quarter at FedExField on November 25, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – From one great Redskins pass rusher to another, Dexter Manley says Brian Orakpo needs to “work on more moves” to become one of the top pass rushers in the NFL.

“I think Orakpo has all the abilities, but I think he needs to mix it up some more,” Manley told 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier.

“I think Brian has the physical tools, and what I’ve seen, he needs to work on more moves,” he said. “Whoever’s gonna be the coach, he runs around the beltway to get to the quarterback, and the quarterback steps up cutting through I-66. And sometimes, you gotta be able to throw moves and be able to get around the offensive tackle and do things of that nature.”

“But I think, overall, Brian Orakpo should be one of the top pass rushers in this league, and he should be awarded some of the kind of money he’s looking to get. But I think he has to be able to put some numbers together, stay healthy – I think that’s what they’re looking for.”

As hilarious a Dex’s beltway analogy is, five seasons into Orakpo’s career, he has a point.

Excusing 2012, in which Orakpo only played 2 games, his 38.5 sacks give him an annual average of 9.625 sacks. In those years, the league sack leaders were:

2013: Robert Mathis — 19.5 sacks

2012: J.J. Watt — 20.5 sacks

2011: Jared Allen — 22 sacks

2010: DeMarcus Ware — 15.5 sacks

2009: Elvis Dumervil — 17 sacks

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