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Alex Okafor | Linebacker

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 261
College: Texas
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ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes second-year OLB Alex Okafor "will be buried on the depth chart" and could be a late-camp cut.
It would be a precipitous fall for a player selected in the fourth round in the 2013 draft. Okafor was never a special athlete, but is long at 6-foot-5 and has strong hands. If Okafor does manage to stick around, he will contribute on special teams and as a situational pass rusher. May 24 - 1:41 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Cardinals second-year OLB Alex Okafor (torn biceps) is expected to be "full-go" in 4-6 weeks.

Okafor, the No. 103 overall pick in last April's draft, appeared in one game as a rookie before injuring his arm. He's been rehabbing at the team facility and will continue to do so this spring. Okafor will be a rotational edge rusher and contribute on special teams as a sophomore.
Feb 5 - 6:03 PM

Cardinals placed fourth-round OLB Alex Okafor (torn biceps) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The word comes straight from coach Bruce Arians' mouth. Okafor is the third outside 'backer the Cardinals have lost for the season in the past two days, joining Lorenzo Alexander and Sam Acho. Okafor played five snaps last week but was likely in line for a bigger role this week. The Cardinals will promote ILB Kenny Demens from the practice squad to take Okafor's roster spot.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 08:43:00 PM

Cardinals signed No. 103 overall pick DE/OLB Alex Okafor to a four-year contract.

First-rounder Jonathan Cooper is now the Cardinals' lone unsigned draft pick. Okafor was a pass-rushing force at Texas, but has only average explosion (4.89 40-yard dash) and doesn't boast a variety of moves. Okafor should see decent snaps behind starting OLBs Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield, but will be mostly roster depth as a rookie.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Cardinals drafted Texas DE/OLB Alex Okafor with the No. 103 overall pick.

Okafor (6-foot-5, 264) played defensive tackle before converting to end for his junior and senior campaigns. He rallied for 22 career sacks, 40 tackles for loss, and eight forced fumbles. Okafor lacks flash -- he ran 4.89 at his Pro Day and offers little variety in his pass-rush moves -- but he was a finisher in the Big 12 and can win with strong hands and length. Okafor isn't special in any area, but does everything pretty well. A value pick at the top of round four, Okafor will push for immediate snaps behind underwhelming Cardinals OLBs Sam Acho and O'Brien Schofield.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Recovered from his bruised hip flexor, Texas DE Alex Okafor ran forty times of 4.88 and 4.89 at the Longhorns' Pro Day.

The injury knocked Okafor out of the Combine, but he's healthy now. An early- to mid-round prospect, Okafor also posted a 36-inch vertical leap and 9-foot-4 broad jump. Okafor led the Big 12 conference with 12 sacks last season.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 03:05:00 PM

Texas DE Alex Okafor will sit out the Combine due to a bruised hip flexor suffered at last month's Senior Bowl.

His draft stock should be fine. Okafor called the injury "not serious but taking longer than I'd like to heal fully." The Longhorns' Pro Day is March 26. Okafor led the Big 12 with 12.5 sacks in 2012 and is a second-day prospect.
Source: CBS Sports
Sat, Feb 23, 2013 03:38:00 PM

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