Originally written April 27, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
The Cardinals addressed their need for a pass rusher in the fourth round Saturday, picking up Texas defensive endoutside linebacker Alex Okafor with the 103rd pick overall. The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder, who stepped into the starting lineup at Texas following the departure of current Cardinals starter Sam Acho in 2011, racked up 19.5 sacks and 29 tackles over his final two seasons. As a senior last season, Okafor had 68 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles while earning unanimous All-Big 12 first-team honors. In the Alamo Bowl, he set a bowl game record with 4.5 sacks and totaled six tackles for loss in Texas' win over Oregon State. While most analysts projected Okafor as a 4-3 defensive end, he is expected to play outside linebacker in the Cardinals' 3-4. The Cards currently have Acho and O'Brien Schofield as starters at the position, but neither contributed as significantly as hoped to the pass rush last season, with each posting four sacks....
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