(WVUE) - The Saints have signed a seven-player free agent class thus far this offseason. Our film study on each begins with a breakdown of Alex Okafor.
Contract: One year, $2 million ($3 million with incentives)
Speed: Okafor's burst off the edge jumps off the tape. His first step gives opposing lineman trouble and allows him to run by stiff tackles. This happened against the New York Jets when he blew right past tackle Ben Ijalana. His speed also helps him set up other pass rush moves. In that same game lined up against Ryan Clady, Okafor gave a fake inside then was able to turn the corner on him to nearly get a sack.
Versatility: Though he is most comfortable on the edge, Okafor was used all over the field in Arizona. He played three-technique defensive tackle, right end, left end and stand-up linebacker over the opposing guard.
Production: Okafor's snaps were cut tremendously with the addition of Chandler Jones. He only played 214 snaps despite appearing in 15 games. Thus, he only finished with 3.5 sacks last season.
Okafor's skillset will no doubt be welcome to the Saints. His snaps and production should increase in New Orleans. No one on their current roster has the pure speed off the edge that he possesses. Plus, Okafor took a bet-on-myself, one-year contract which should serve as motivation. Bottom line, Okafor has the chance to be this year's Nick Fairley whose production could lead to a bigger contract down the road.