Frank Okam Scouting Report

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Frank Okam Scouting Report

Position: DT
Conference: Big12
School: Texas Longhorns
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #97
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 335 lbs.
Drafted 5.16 in 2008 by HOU

2008 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Frank Okam, DT, Texas

Okam flirted with entering the draft after his junior season, but decided to return to school and widely projects as a solid first-round pick. With his massive frame, he seems best suited to be a brick wall against the run, but he has proven to be a solid pass rusher as he has shown in his senior year. Besides posting a career-best 49 tackles thus far, he has doubled his career sack total (with five) and he's also credited with 14 quarterback hurries. Instead of just being a gap filler who waits for the play to come to him, he gets into the backfield with regularity, with his ten tackles for loss this season a career-high. He seems to slot in behind LSU's Glenn Dorsey and USC's Sedrick Ellis as the third DT off the board, though ESPN's Mel Kiper, Jr. had Okam rated higher than Ellis before the season started. He could go anywhere from the top 15 (or higher, though that may be a reach) to the second, which would be a steep drop. It's unlikely the latter will happen, because his big body and obvious talent make him likely to be taken quickly. There are questions about his consistency and production as well. But, with the way that he's seemingly worked on being better as a pass rusher and the fact that he's had a career season in 2007, might mean there's nothing to worry about when it comes to getting his best every play. He'll likely end up somewhere in or around the top 20, but that may depend on where Ellis falls. Where he falls depends on how he showcases himself between now and then for the scouts and it's up to him to either help or hurt his status; whether or not he'll be a big-time pro or a bust. But make no bones about it, he does have great talent and even greater potential. If he puts in the work to silence any critics of his work ethic and desire, he'll be an excellent pro, especially if he continues to get better as a pass rusher. He could excel in an a 3-4 defense that allows its defensive tackles to roam, get in the backfield, and be an annoyance both as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Update (12/28/07): Okam finished out his collegiate career with a solid performance in Thursday's Holiday Bowl against Arizona St. Okam picked up three tackles, including one for loss, and was credited with two quarterback hurries in the Longhorns' 52-34 victory. He finished his senior season with 52 total tackles (25 solo, 27 assists, 11 for loss), five sacks, 16 quarterback hurries, and five pass breakups -- along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Update (2/26/08): Okam came to the scouting combine weighing in at 347 pounds and promptly ran a best of 5.32 in the 40 (both of which weren't favorable numbers for him). He did, however, post an impressive 34 reps in his bench press -- one of the best totals of the defensive linemen at the combine. At this point, he's floating in late first day/early second day status according to a few top draft services. Update (4/21/08): At Texas' Pro Day last month, Okam weighed in 12 pounds lighter than he did at the combine and ran times of 5.27 and 5.31 in the 40 (a shade better than his 5.32 at the combine). There's still a chance that he could go in the first three rounds, but both NFL Draft Scout and NFL Draft Countdown have him pegged in the fifth-round range.

Last Updated Apr-21-2008 by Eddie Griffin

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