Biggest DE contributors for 2017 New Orleans Saints

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Alex Okafor

GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 21: Outside linebacker Alex Okafor #57 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 21: Outside linebacker Alex Okafor #57 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Seahawks defeated the Cardinals 35-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

One acquisition that made Saints fans very happy, Alex Okafor, could be a perfect compliment to already established Saints DE Cameron Jordan.

When with the Arizona Cardinals, Alex Okafor at times was very productive. A 2013 4th round selection, Okafor had occasions when he thrived with Arizona before now ending up in New Orleans.

Despite lingering injuries, when he was a participant, Okafor was a beast for the Cardinals. Now with the New Orleans Saints, Okafor looks to be bringing everything that allowed himself to succeed in the Big Easy. Only at age 26, Okafor is a very productive defensive athlete, with the tools and necessary skills to quite possibly put the Saints over the edge.

In his tenure with Arizona, Okafor produced 13.5 sacks and 64 total tackles. It’s been shown that when healthy, Okafor can be a premiere playmaker for the team he serves. Although in his time with Arizona, Okafor was utilized as an Outside Linebacker, with New Orleans Okafor will be a Defensive End.

2017 Season Sack Projection:

5-9 Sacks

Reason:

The biggest concern going into this season for Alex Okafor, in my opinion, is his health. At this point in time, I believe Okafor will start as the opposite edge rusher of Cameron Jordan. That’s unless Trey Hendrickson or somebody else were to oversee Okafor’s current duties. The projection above is a best case scenario for Okafor. If healthy, Okafor could provide a key element in New Orleans’ success.

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