Texas Day Two NFL Draft Preview

LonghornDigest Publisher
Posted Apr 26, 2013


Kenny Vaccaro was the first Longhorn off the board on Thursday, and the first Texas player taken in the first round since Earl Thomas in the 2010 NFL Draft. Friday, however, could see two more Texas players realize their NFL dreams.

Alex Okafor was projected as a late first round, early second-round pick, and with him lasting until Day Two, he might not have to wait long to hear his name called on Friday. Okafor had 68 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior, pressuring opposing passers an additional 20 times.

Okafor's biggest issue was that he didn't test especially well, causing some teams to question whether he'd have the athleticism to either transfer to linebacker in a 3-4, or even line up in a wide nine at the next level.

Okafor's last showing on the field was arguably his best one — he had eight tackles, including six for loss and 4.5 sacks, while forcing a fumble against Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.

Like Okafor, Texas wideout Marquise Goodwin raised eyebrows with a huge performance in the bowl game. Goodwin had 132 rushing and receiving yards, scoring Texas's only first-half touchdown with a 64-yard scamper, then supplying the winning points on a 36-yard touchdown catch.

But unlike Okafor, most of the interest in Goodwin stems from the potential he oozes as an athlete. An Olympic long-jumper, Goodwin ran the fastest 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, ripping off a 4.27 time. Goodwin only had 39 rushing and receiving touches as a senior, though he averaged 10.8 yards per carry (140 yards on 13 carries) and 13.1 yards per catch (340 yards on 26 catches), while scoring six touchdowns (three rushing and three receiving). He also averaged a team-best 25.2 yards per kickoff return.

Okafor probably won't make it past the second round, though Goodwin's landing spot is a bit more unsure. Multiple scouts have said they don't see the speedster lasting past Day Two, and one pointed out that all it takes is one team to fall in love with his speed to take him off the draft board.



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