Texas has a top NFL prospect underneath the surface, you might not have heard of him unless you’re a Long Horn or Big 12 fan. But after making the transition to the inside last season, Alex Okafor’s was the boost that the Horns exactly needed.
Okafor is the most well rounded senior defense end of the country, according to CBS Sport’s Rob Rang, He explains how Okafor’s development at defensive tackle in his sophomore season with the Horns taught him better hand placement, balance and improved Okafor’s strength.
In 2011 he made an impact on Texas by by neutralizing offensive lineman in his tracks tumbling them to their feet by placing them on their heels the moment of contact. Okafor was able to tally 12.5 tackles for loss including seven sacks.
Leading his deadly attack is the way he holds the edge nicely on outside runs and projects as a left defensive end in the NFL.
In the game a few weeks ago against the West Virginia no#5 team in the country and on top of the Big 12 with the leading Heisman candidate quarterback Gino Smith running the offensive unit on the team. Okafor attributed to two sacks and two forced fumbles, to go along with three quarterback hurries, during the game against the Mountaneers. Okafor deliberately had his way with the Mountaineer offensive line crashing on their party and in many cases getting Smith, one of the top pocket passers in college football today.
He also showed his dominance against Baylor where he registered a sack of Nick Florence and had eight total tackles.
Okafor may not have a flashy burst off the line or top-end, he gains control by the use of powerful hands, extension, and strong legs to push the pocket and shed directly into the quarterback becoming a very dangerous defender for the leading offenses in the country. The scary thing is this is only the beginning of his senior season, and if maintains his work ethic and continues his advance play he may be one of the first defensive lineman selected in the upcoming NFL draft in April.