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Orakpo will start at end

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Coach Jim Zorn and front office boss Vinny Cerrato both said that first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo is slated to play defensive end, his position at Texas, not linebacker, for the 2009 Redskins.

That’s not good news for buddies Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn, the aging ends who had hoped to compete start on the left side.

It also means that the Redskins are still looking for a replacement for strongside linebacker Marcus Washington, the 5-year starter who was cut on Feb. 20 because of a high salary and a recent series of injuries.

For now, H.B. Blades, who started five games in Washington’s place last year, is penciled in as the starter ahead of recently signed journeyman Robert Thomas, converted end Chris Wilson and career special-teamer Alfred Fincher.

But if a player suited for the strong side is on the board when the Redskins pick next, at No. 79 tomorrow, they should grab him.

— David Elfin

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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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