Texas defensive end Alex Okafor has seen his stock rise during the draft process, and I could see him possibly sneaking into the first round and at worst being a high second-round pick.
Okafor has the versatility to play either in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker or as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense, and he could provide a good pass rush to any defense.
Here are five things to know about Alex Okafor before the draft.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
Full Name: Alex Okafor
Birthday: February 8, 1991
Hometown: Pflugerville, Texas
High School: Pflugerville
Major: Corporate Communication
Alex Okafor was an All-American and a two-time All-State performer as a defensive end in high school, and he was rated as the top DE in Texas by ESPNU at the time. Okafor was also a two-time letterman in basketball aside from lettering three times as a football player.
Information from Mackbrown-texasfootball.com.
2009: 18 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss
2010: 28 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble, 3.5 sacks
2011: 50 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 7 sacks
2012: 54 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 12.5 sacks
Okafor began his career as a defensive tackle at Texas, which is why his sack numbers were down his first two seasons. When given a chance on the outside, Okafor went off on opposing quarterbacks and compiled 19.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in his junior and senior seasons combined.
Stats from Sports Reference.
Arm Length: 33-3/4”
Hand Size: 9-1/2”
Bench Press: 21
Pro Day Results
40 yard dash: 4.88
Alex Okafor was always seen as a decent pass-rushing prospect, but he really jumped out at scouts at the Senior Bowl. Unfortunately for Okafor, he suffered a bruised hip flexor and was then unable to do any field drills at the NFL combine. Okafor was able to bounce back at his Pro Day and showed he had the ability to play OLB for the teams playing a 3-4 defense.
Three Time Athletic Director’s Honor Roll Student At Texas.
Favorite Sports Legend: Michael Jordan.
Started his career as a defensive tackle at Texas.
Voted team co-captain his senior season along with S Kenny Vaccaro.
2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as voted by CBSSports.com.
Recorded 4.5 sacks against Oregon State In The 2012 Alamo Bowl receiving Bowl MVP honors and setting Bowl record.
Information from Mackbrown-Texasfooball.com.