Southeastern Oklahoma State
Wide Receiver #3
Senior 6’3” 190
- quick release off the line to gain instant separation in press coverage on go routes
- displays good body control while adjusting to the ball in the air (most noticeable in the end zone)
- reads the coverage well to settle in the cushion of the zone to help out the quarterback
- doesn’t seem to have much route diversification but manages to run the routes accurately with little to no missteps
- shows willingness as a blocker with plus intensity
- led the team with 841 receiving yards on 60 receptions with eight scores
- 2015 All-GAC team
Spending two seasons at Southeastern Oklahoma State as the go-to wide receiver, Franky Okafor provided an electric element to an offense that averaged 431 yards and 82 plays per game in 2015. Okafor ranked second on the team in receiving yards in 2014 with 509 yards and increased that number to 841 yards to lead the team in 2015. His production and skill set was rewarded with a spot on the first team all-conference team this past season. His role for the Savage Storm included being used as a deep threat, an underneath possession receiver and a redzone target. All three of those elements make him a versatile talent that should supply some interest from some organizations at the conclusion of the draft season.
The most notable strength of Okafor is his ability to be able to blow by defenders with 4.45 speed creating necessary separation on vertical routes. He must rely more on his pitter-pat along with other quick movements with appreciated burst at the line to gain that separation because he will not consistently win the physical battle at the line. Having a poor showing in the bench press (five reps), Okafor must wow scouts and other evaluators with his speed and crisp route running ability to be a candidate for a camp spot and he has showed that in his college career.
With a spread offense with some hurry up no huddle elements, Okafor wasn’t asked to run a creative or diverse route tree which always raises concerns when projecting a prospect to the next level. Of course, it’s not the player’s fault, but it does raise questions by wondering if the player can run routes of complexity as most NFL offenses run today. Speaking with Okafor, he explained the ends and outs of his route combinations and development showing no concerns in that area. To continue on the downside of his style, I particularly noticed more body catches than arms extended hand catches which can result in drops (though, I did not note any drops on film) as I noticed this more on the underneath routes in the intermediate game as opposed to endzone targets and wide receiver screen passes. He does, however, show the ability to pluck the ball out of the air snagging the ball from its high point (37.5 inch vertical) while also putting his body on the line to cradle in the football.
Playing a lower-level competition of football brings up the obvious questions in the likes of “Well, can he play with the ‘big boys’?” It’s a fair question but shouldn’t primarily underestimate the talent that many of these players bring. Okafor has shown his ability to be a deep threat and a possession receiver with a high volume of touches to lead a heavy offensive spread attack. His willingness to be an intense blocker in the run game, a clean route runner and 4.45 speed should get him second looks the week after the draft.
Round Value: UDFA