- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2009

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

MIKE GREEN

If you needed another reason for the Capitals to acquire a good set of fists, go back and watch Green get pounded into the glass Tuesday at Colorado.

FRED DAVIS

During his half-season audition, the Redskins tight end has five touchdown catches. Anybody else think he has some trade value this offseason?

MICHAEL NYLANDER

That he’s finally off the Caps’ salary cap books won’t mean a thing until March, when general manager George McPhee uses that money to make a key move at the trade deadline.

GREG BLACHE

His objection to talking to the media fails to kick in when he wants to whine about criticism of Dan Snyder or lack of respect for London Fletcher.

ERNIE GRUNFELD

The Wizards entered Wednesday a woeful 7-15. It’s up to their general manager to shake things up — even if he receives 65 to 70 cents on the dollar.

TWT FIVE BEST 2009 NFL FIRST-ROUND PICKS

1. LB Brian Orakpo, Redskins (13th) — He fell into the Redskins’ laps and has produced 11 sacks while starting every game and learning a new position.

2. WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota (22nd) — He quickly became a trusted target for Brett Favre. He has 48 catches for 681 yards and six touchdowns — and is averaging 29 yards a kickoff return (two TDs).

3. LB Brian Cushing, Houston (15th) — Like Orakpo a starter from Day One, he has made 112 tackles and broken up nine passes.

4. RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver (12th) — He overcame a preseason injury and has rushed for 837 yards, a 4.1-yard average and five touchdowns for a playoff-bound team.

5 WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia (19th) — He made the quick transition from a spread offense in college. He has 46 catches for 623 yards and four touchdowns.

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

Indianapolis’ JV tries to make the Colts 14-0 by defeating Jacksonville. 8 p.m., NFL

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