Alex Okafor
Alex Okafor
28-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Kansas City Chiefs
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 three-year contract with the Chiefs in March of 2019.
Signs with Kansas City
DEKansas City Chiefs
March 14, 2019
Okafor has signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Chiefs, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Since the Saints eventually need to let 2018 first-rounder Marcus Davenport grow into the starting defensive end role opposite 2018 All-Pro Cameron Jordan, it made sense for Okafor to sign elsewhere. A Chiefs team -- that no longer has Dee Ford -- is a good fit. In Kansas City, Okafor should immediately step into the starting lineup and command plenty of playing time.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
Kansas City ChiefsChiefs 2018 DE Snap Distribution See more data like this
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Alex Okafor's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
261 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.78 sec
 
Bench Press
21 reps
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Alex Okafor
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November 21, 2017
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NFL Free Agency: The Third Wave
March 19, 2017
Jim Coventry highlights the latest free-agent moves, including Latavius Murray's move to Minnesota where he'll experience a downgrade in offensive lines from his time in Oakland.
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January 14, 2016
Limited by a foot injury for the first part of the season, C.J. Anderson has played very well of late and could get plenty of touches if the Broncos take an early lead against the injury-riddled Steelers.
Weekly Rankings: Week 6 Value Meter
October 13, 2015
Target monster DeAndre Hopkins tops this week's receiver rankings. See the rest of Jeff Erickson's Week 6 ranks in this version of the Value Meter.
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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To hit open market
DENew Orleans Saints
February 14, 2019
Despite agreeing to a two-year contract with New Orleans last offseason, Okafor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the league year March 13, Herbie Toepe of NFL.com reports.
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Practices in full
DENew Orleans Saints
January 10, 2019
Okafor (knee) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
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Nursing knee injury
DENew Orleans Saints
Knee
January 9, 2019
Okafor (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Dealing with light hyper-extension
DENew Orleans Saints
Undisclosed
January 2, 2019
Okafor is dealing with a hyperextension, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Brings down quarterback in win
DENew Orleans Saints
November 19, 2018
Okafor posted two solo tackles and a sack during Sunday's 48-7 win against the Eagles.
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