Despite his size, Okafor was moved inside to defensive tackle as a sophomore. Although this transition didn't help his stat-line (30 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, FF), it did force Okafor to improve his strength, hand usage and ability to keep his feet in traffic.
Those are skills he used to great effectiveness in a breakout 2011 campaign back at defensive end in which he earned consensus First Team All-Big 12 honors by the league's coaches and an All-American nod by the AFCA with 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.
Okafor continued to develop as one of the nation's most disruptive defensive ends in 2012. He led the Big 12 with an average of 0.96 sacks per game, finishing with 12.5 for the season. He was one of just four FBS players with at least four forced fumbles and at least 12 sacks.
His sack total was the most by a Longhorn since Tony Degrate posted 13 in 1984, and Okafor average 1.27 tackles for loss per game while adding 20 quarterback pressures.
WEAKNESSES: Has the body of a classic RDE speed rusher but the game better suited to playing the left side as a run-defender. Lacks quick-twitch burst and isn't a speed rusher, as indicated by the fact that Texas initially lined him up at defensive tackle.
Slightly stiff upper body demonstrated by his struggles in changing directions, making him a better candidate to remain as a defensive end rather than dropping back into coverage, as he was occasionally also asked to do at Texas. Came in lighter than expected at the Senior Bowl at 261 pounds. Was arrested in May 2012 for "failure to obey," though the charges were later dropped.
COMPARES TO: Ray Edwards, DE, ex-Atlanta Falcons -- A team expecting Okafor to become a lightning-quick speed edge rusher will be disappointed. However, his strength, length and high effort could make him a fine addition as a left defensive end capable of holding up against the run and proving a solid supplemental pass rusher.