Though a three-year starter and two-time Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 pick, Okereke was not well known outside of the West until turning heads at the Senior Bowl and Combine.
He redshirted his first season on campus and posted just seven six a year later before emerging as a starter in 2016 with 39 tackles, including 4.0 for loss and 3.0 sacks. He then posted almost identical statistics as a junior (88-8.5-4) and senior (94-7.5-3.5), earning as much attention for his intangibles as he did on the field until proving more athletic than some anticipated in Mobile and Indianapolis.
Long-levered and twitchy (but a bit undisciplined), Okereke isn't your traditional Stanford front seven defender.
Unusual build for an ILB, sporting a lanky, high-cut frame. A coordinated athlete showing balance and agility shuffling and sliding off blocks to pursue laterally and downfield or when turning to drop in coverage. Accelerates smoothly with good timed and functional speed overall. Excellent length and agility to remain on the field on passing downs.
Delivers a jolt to would-be blockers, using his exceptionally long arms (34 1/2") and powerful hands to stack and shed.
Just as Okereke's length gives added range as a tackler, his unusual height also provides an expanded target for opposing blockers with his weight evenly dispersed. Okereke lacks just average strength for the drag-down tackle, too often getting dragged for additional yardage.
Despite three starting seasons, Okereke shows just average instincts at this time, too often getting sucked up in play-action. When he does locate the ball, however, Okereke shows zero hesitation in attacking. To this point, his athleticism has made up for his still-developing key and diagnosis skills.
A hard worker on and off the field. Eagle Scout with a Masters (media studies) and undergraduate degree (management, science and engineering) already under his belt. Honored in 2014 with the prestigious Watkins Award as the nation's top African-American high school player in terms of academic and athletic excellence.
Projection: Third Round
--Field Level Media