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To some, the jury might still be out on Okoye. As far as I'm concerned, though, we can go ahead and call this one. Okoye has failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of Louisville in 2007.
A wunderkind who was only 19 when he left Louisville after his junior year, Okoye was thought of as a high-ceiling player who was still growing into his body and was still maturing as a player.
Four full seasons later, the Texans and their fans are still waiting for Okoye to take a big step in the right direction. Okoye put his best foot forward as a rookie and totaled 5.5 sacks. If Okoye produced that well in his rookie season at the age of 20, where was his ceiling? A dozen sacks? Fifteen sacks? The sky, it seemed, was the limit.
Unfortunately for the Texans and Okoye, that has by far been the highlight for him. The Texans have moved Okoye around on the line, played him next to different guys and set up blitz packages to help him. His production, though, has plateaued. His sack total over the last three seasons has equaled his total from his rookie season.
Okoye finds himself possibly on his last legs as a Texan. He is still under contract with the Texans, but when his contract is up, you'd have to imagine that the Texans can find the type of production he is giving them for much cheaper than Okoye's first round draft pick money.