MOBILE, Ala. _ Alex Okafor says he is using the Senior Bowl to show NFL scouts and coaches exactly what he brings to the table.
The former University of Texas star had 4.5 sacks in leading the Longhorns to victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl, and that performance alone put him on the radar.
Now, the 6-4, 261-pound end hopes to use Senior Bowl week as a springboard for possibly being a first-round pick.
“If anything it just got me some momentum going in. It definitely opened some eyes and made sure I'm on the watch list out here. I just want to show who I am and display my full skill set. Film says it all, but sometimes you can't catch everything on film. I just wanted to show what kind of player I am and what kind of athlete I am,” Okafor said.
The Tennessee Titans are in the market for a defensive end and Okafor has caught their attention in practices.
Draft analyst Tony Pauline likes Okafor's build, and his high motor and said he is the type who can play a long time in the NFL.
“He's got a very high motor. I don't know if I see him as an elite end, but he's the type of guy who could have an impact in spurts. I could see him playing a dozen years in the league,” Pauline said. "I don't know if he will be a 12-sack guy, but he will be a guy that does the little things well.”
One of those little things, Okafor said is, “I've got to get off blocks quicker so I can make plays, especially in the run game.”
Asked if he can be an impact player, Okafor is confident in his abilities.
“I'm not gonna say I'll be an All-Pro right away, but I will say that I will make an impact on the field right away,” he said.