Alex Okafor
Alex Okafor
27-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
New Orleans Saints
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After signing a one-year deal with New Orleans last offseason, Okafor put together an excellent 2017 campaign in which he amassed a career-high 43 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games. Okafor's season ended prematurely, however, when he tore an Achilles in Week 11. The Saints traded up to draft defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but early training-camp reports indicate that Okafor remains firmly ahead of the raw rookie on the depth chart. Assuming he earns the lion's share of the snaps opposite All Pro Cameron Jordan, Okafor is a high-upside option in deeper IDP leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.79 million contract with the Saints in March of 2018.
Returns to practice
DENew Orleans Saints
August 22, 2018
Okafor (knee) returned to practicing in pads Wednesday, Joel A. Erickson of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
ANALYSIS
Okafor's appearance in pads hints that he'll be ready for the season opener. Okafor figures to split time with rookie Marcus Davenport at the right defensive end spot.
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Depth Chart Status
Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    76
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    15
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
231
172
2017
486
43
2018
76
15
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other DEs)

Height:   6' 4"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   261 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.78 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.40 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   0.00 sec
Not Available
Arm Length:   33.88 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   112 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   21 reps
WEAK
New Orleans Saints Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
2014
The Saints signed Okafor this offseason after he spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme. The 26-year-old has showed flashes of dynamic ability when healthy, recording eight sacks in 2014, but managed just 13 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2016. The Saints have struggled for years to find a serviceable starter at defensive end opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, but the team seems content allowing the unproven Okafor to compete for a starting gig with third-year pro Hau'oli Kikaha, who missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and third-round draft pick Trey Hendrickson. If Okafor can earn the starting job, he may be worth a flier in deeper IDP leagues.
As a rookie in 2013, Okafor suffered a season-ending torn biceps in Week 3, and his recovery extended through the same point last season. In his third career appearance in Week 6 against Washington, he took advantage of a lacking situation at outside linebacker, recording four solo tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits. As losses began to mount in the final two months, he put together the best stretch of his brief career, with six sacks from Weeks 10-16. Considering he logged 66 percent of the defensive snaps by season's end, he seems poised to emerge as a formidable pass rusher.
During John Abraham's absence from the first half of the preseason, Okafor logged time as the starting weakside linebacker, which could extend into the regular season if Abraham is suspended for a June DUI arrest. Okafor himself has made just one appearance as a professional after sustaining a torn biceps in Week 3 last year, but during his final two collegiate campaigns at Texas, he displayed superior pass-rushing skills, totaling 19.5 sacks across 24 games.
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Dealing with minor ankle and knee issues
DENew Orleans Saints
Knee
August 15, 2018
Updating a prior report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Okafor has actually suffered a bone bruise in the knee and an ankle sprain, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Avoids major injury
DENew Orleans Saints
Knee
August 15, 2018
Okafor (leg) suffered a bone bruise and a sprained knee during practice Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Goes down with leg injury at practice
DENew Orleans Saints
Leg
August 15, 2018
Okafor left Wednesday's practice with an apparent leg injury, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Healthy for start of training camp
DENew Orleans Saints
July 30, 2018
Coming off season-ending Achilles' surgery last November, Okafor (Achilles) has been a full participant to start training camp, reports Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Prior to his Week 11 injury, Okafor amassed a career-high 43 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games.
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Returning to New Orleans
DENew Orleans Saints
Achilles
March 16, 2018
Okafor (Achilles) is re-signing with the Saints on a two-year, $10 million contract, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
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