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Though it would not be a shock if Okafor squeaked his way into the first round, a bruised hip flexor suffered during the Senior Bowl likely will relegate him to the second round. The injury limited him to participating only in the bench press at the combine. He was named first-team All-Big 12 for the second time after leading the Longhorns with 12 1/2 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a senior. He was one of four FBS players to record at least four forced fumbles and 12 sacks in 2012. With 4 1/2 sacks, Okafor was a dominating presence in Texas' 31-27 victory over Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. Though he has the size and length to enjoy a successful career on the next level, Okafor lacks the quick burst usually associated with the dominant edge-rushing ends in the NFL. Likely to be at his best in a 4-3 system, Okafor has the ability to provide solid support against the run and could thrive if selected by a team that already possesses a premier pass rusher and would line him up at the other end of the line. He has drawn comparisons to veteran Ray Edwards.