Draft Capsule: DE Alex Okafor

Draft Capsule: DE Alex Okafor
April 12, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Alex Okafor (DE), Texas

6-5 | 264 lbs.

2012 stats:

52 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 20 QB pressures, 4 FF

Projection:

2nd round

Strengths:

One of Okafor's biggest strength is literally his strength. He has great size for the position and uses a bull rush to both take on opposing tackles and to stuff the run. He isn't the most agile defensive end in this year's draft but he is tough to move and can get to the quarterback. The senior also has great experience having played two years on the starting defensive line, and he produced well for a stellar Texas front four. 

Weaknesses:

Texas thought so little of Okafor's speed at one point that they pushed him inside to defensive tackle. He's clearly a defensive end at the next level, and he'll need to improve his speed/agility to be a productive player. You can't overpower everyone in the NFL. He's a good all-around end (against the run and pass) but likely can't turn into a 3-4 outside linebacker because he lacks elite quickness.

Fit for the Bears:


The Bears are all about being stout against the run, and having a player such as Adrian Peterson in the division makes it all the more important. Julius Peppers is growing older and Corey Wootton and Shea McClellin have given new defensive coordinator Mel Tucker some building blocks for the future. If the Bears want to move McClellin to linebacker, Okafor may fill a need for the aging Bears defense. He should be an instant contributor and has room for growth if he can continue to improve strength.