Prospect: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Grade: 7.2 (Grading Scale)
+Good length, long arms and a nice frame.
+Shows a nice first step and accelerates quickly.
+Has above-average long speed, could run in low 4.6 range.
+Strong through his upper and lower body.
+Shows some flexibility, able to bend around the edge.
+Above-average closing speed.
-Could stand to add 10-15 pounds of bulk if he plays in a 4-3.
+Quality play-recognition skills.
+Able to handle playing a variety of positions, experience in two, three and four point stances.
+Saw time as OLB, DE, DT and MLB during his time at Texas.
+Leader on the field, 100% effort.
-Arrested in May for “failure to obey”, charges were dropped.
+Strong “get off”, puts slower linemen immediately on their heels.
+Has some speed around the edge, marginal ability to dip and turn the corner.
-Decent bull rush, doesn’t get a ton of push against top linemen.
-Needs to add to his repertoire of rush moves.
+Has the lower body strength to anchor.
+Quick first step allows him to split defenders and wreak havoc in the backfield.
+Solid, fundamental tackler.
-Engulfed by bigger linemen, has some trouble getting off blocks.
+Violent hand usage, keeps himself clean.
+Keeps pad level low, rarely lets linemen get under his pads.
+Changes direction well, rarely takes a useless step.
-Has struggled against double teams.
Okafor is a versatile defender that could play in a variety of schemes in the NFL. He could be used as a 3-4 OLB or a 4-3 defensive end if he can bulk up a bit. He has held his own against some top competition, such as Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews and has been consistently productive, averaging over one impact play (TFL, Sack, FF, INT) per game.
Okafor has been a solid college player but may struggle translating his skills to the NFL, where he might not have a true position. Is he a RDE or LDE? Okafor is a fringe first-round talent at this point.
Texas vs Oklahoma
-Knifes through blockers and makes big tackle for loss.
-Quick inside move, gets in the quarterbacks face.
-Pressures QB and forces throw away, strong initial punch on TE and closed fast.
Texas vs BYU
-lined up at defensive end, outside linebacker and inside linebacker
-lined up as a blitzer from the MLB position, dropped back into coverage at the snap
-from LOLB position, dropped back into coverage and almost makes interception
Texas vs Texas A&M
-Violent hands, keeps Matthews off him, bends around edge and hits QB.
-Forces another throwaway, closes fast on QB.
-Fights through cut block, good balance.