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Arizona Cardinals OTAs: Alex Okafor 'stands out in practice every day'

The second year linebacker could be an impact player if he keeps up his progress.


The Arizona Cardinals drafted linebacker Alex Okafor in the fourth round in 2013, but lost him early in the season, as he tore his biceps tendon and was lost for the season when he played his only game against the New Orleans Saints.

Now fully recovered, he was getting first team reps in OTAs with John Abraham not participating.

Head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the progress of the second year player after the final practice of OTAs on Thursday.

"He’s done extremely well," he said about Okafor. "He stands out in practice every day. That’s one guy I’m really anxious to see put the pads back on and how he plays in pads and be physical enough because he can rush the passer:"

If he continues to impress, he could be a part of a solid rotation at outside linebacker and give the team a young pass rushing threat, which is crucial because the team's sack leader is John Abraham, who had 11.5 sacks in 2014, but is entering his 15th season in the league. He also is in the final year of the two-year deal he signed at the start of training camp last year.

What should reasonable expectations be for Okafor in 2014?