Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Big Board: Pass Rushers

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DE Brian Orakpo

Oct 12, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons, according to multiple reports, are already interested in Brian Orakpo-and for good reason.

Prior to getting injured last year, Orakpo was known to be one of the most-feared pass rushers in the game. If he can stay healthy, he gives the Falcons a fierce pass rush.

Big Board Grade:

Upside: B+

Immediate Impact: A+

Age: B+

Influence/Personality: A

Value Deal: B+ (Reason to believe that Orakpo will be willing to take a significant pay cut after being held out for a whole season)

Injury Concern?: Yes

Conclusion: Orakpo will almost certaintly cheaper than Hughes, but will bring two more years old age to the team. But at the same time, this could turn out to be the better move, why? Orakpo is a veteran that is used to leading a defense and being the vocal outspoken leader on the tema. The Atlanta Falcons can use more of Orakpo.