Top 10 Texans Draft Busts - #9: Amobi Okoye


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When he was drafted in 2007, Amobi Okoye was just 12 years old.  Or so it seems.  Even the Okoye apologists like me have been saying that Okoye is young (he'll play 2011 at only 24 years old), and there's absolutely no argument that Okoye has been coached or used appropriately, which is a tremendous failure by the incompetent 1-2 punch of Richard Smith and Frank Bush.  Alas, Okoye needs to answer for his play, especially as a first round pick.

Scouting reports like this are the norm from that period, not the exception.  Watching Okoye while at Louisville was truly a pleasure, as he was obviously strong and quick.  The whole block-shedding thing, however, failed to translate to the NFL.  But Okoye burst onto the scene in 2007, quickly winning Defensive Rookie of the Month for September with four sacks, finishing the year with 5.5.  In 2008, he recorded a single sack, and just 1.5 in 2009.  Last year, he was much more effective, but he still finished with just 3.0 sacks, though his stats do belie his overall effectiveness.

When you're the 10th overall pick in the draft, there are higher expectations, and Okoye has not developed as hoped.  Even worse, Okoye has no discernible role (we know of) in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, and it's been rumored Okoye in on the trading block.

Okoye does have potential if used in the right situation and coached by somebody other than Bill Kollar, but for now, he's earned a place on the bust list.

Next three picks after Okoye: Patrick Willis, SF 49ers; Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills, Adam Carriker, St. Louis Rams (Darrelle Revis was next).

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