Forty time shmorty time

Alex Okafor

INDIANAPOLIS – Alex Okafor won’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine because he’s recovering from a bruised hip he got at the Senior Bowl last month. But then the pass-rushing defensive end from Texas says he hasn’t run one since his sophomore year in high school.

And, he isn’t concerned about when he might run the next one.

“It’s not needed,” Okafor said on Saturday during his Q&A session in the media center at Lucas Oil Stadium. “The 40-yard dash is not needed in football at my position.”

Instead, Okafor would prefer that teams look at his performance at the Senior Bowl before he was injured.

“I think I showed a lot of teams that I’m more explosive than they thought,” he said. “I know a lot of guys came up to me and said, ‘Wow, I didn’t know you were that explosive.’ I guess that answered a couple of questions.”

Regardless of his disdain for the 40, you can bet scouts will expect to see Okafor run at the Texas Pro Day workout on March 26.

Okafor had 12.5 sacks and 20 quarterback pressures last season, after posting eight sacks and 14 tackles for losses in 2011.

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