“Alex was so unselfish. He played anywhere we asked him to,” said Texas head coachMack Brown. “When we were short on the defensive line two years ago, at 260 pounds he played all year and never griped one bit. He became a great team leader.”
Okafor is the first Longhorn selected by the Arizona Cardinals since DE Sam Acho was selected in the exact same position (103) in 2011. Prior to that, OG Leonard Davis was selected second overall in 2001. DE Lance Wilson was selected in the 12th round in 1992 when they were known as the Phoenix Cardinals. Okafor will join Acho as well as former Longhorn C Lyle Sendlein on the Cardinals roster.
A Texas defensive linemen has now been selected in every draft for eight straight years including Kheeston Randall (Miami Dolphins, 2012) Sam Acho (Arizona Cardinals, 2011),Sergio Kindle (Baltimore Ravens, 2010), Lamarr Houston (Oakland Raiders, 2010), Brian Orakpo (Washington Redskins, 2009), Roy Miller (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009), Henry Melton (Chicago Bears), Frank Okam (Houston Texans, 2008), Tim Crowder ( Denver Broncos, 2007), Brian Robison (Minnesota Vikings, 2007) and Rodrique Wright (Miami Dolphins, 2006).