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2017 NFL DRAFT

Bennett Okotcha, CB

School: UTSA  |  Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Coppell, TX
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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Player Overview

A three-star cornerback recruit out of high school, Okotcha originally committed to Wisconsin before switching to Notre Dame and ultimately flipping to Oklahoma close to signing day.

He redshirted for the Sooners in 2011, but decided to transfer, joining his older brother (running back Evans Okotcha) at Texas-San Antonio. After sitting out the 2012 season as a transfer, Okotcha earned a starting role as a sophomore (nine starts) and posted a team-best 11 passes defended, adding 29 tackles and one interception to earn All-CUSA Honorable Mention honors. He started 11 games as a junior in 2014, recording 23 tackles, five passes defended and one interception.

Okotcha had his most productive season as a senior in 2015 (11 starts) with a team-best 14 passes defended and four interceptions, adding 47 tackles and one forced fumble to earn Second Team All-CUSA honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate height and length for the position...not a twitchy athlete, but smooth in his transitional movements to plant, gather and go...proper judgement to recognize route combinations, baiting and jumping throws...shows timing and an extra gear when closing to crowd the catch point...knack for swiping and using his hands to knock the ball away...reliable hands and steady focus to finish interceptions - four of his six career interceptions came in 2015...calm feet and feisty hands in press coverage to pin and knock receivers off balance...short memory and recovers quickly mentally from mistakes...vocal team leader with mature leadership qualities...excellent starting production with 30 passes defended in 31 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Leaner-than-ideal frame...patient to a fault and doesn't play with any suddenness in his movements...hips turned the wrong way often and doesn't play with consistent sink in his technique...struggles with discipline issues from off-coverage, giving up separation...eyes in the wrong spot and draws flags due to his guessing - wild limbs and handsy downfield...overthinks concepts at times and finds himself out of position...marginal football strength, struggling to free himself from blocks...throws his shoulder and needs to tidy up his tackling mechanics, taking inconsistent angles vs. the run...not used as a blitzer and didn't record a tackle behind the line of scrimmage in his career.

IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter at UTSA, Okotcha played both left and right cornerback for the Roadrunners and lined up mostly in off-man coverage, but appears more comfortable when he can press and mirror receivers off the line of scrimmage. He is more of a glider than burner, lacking the easy acceleration or twitch that teams seek at the cornerback position, although he does flash controlled downhill burst to drive on plays and finish.

Okotcha has improved as a run defender, but his mental and technical lapse as a tackler still show on his senior film reel, lacking the finishing strength to compensate. While his ballskills and balance are NFL quality, his lack of suddenness and discipline limit his pro potential.

--Dane Brugler (4/28/16)

 
 
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