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Published on 03/27/2012 at Tue Mar 27 18:14.
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The Denver Broncos have shown interest in free agent defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, according to NFL Insider Adam Caplan.  Okoye, a former first round draft pick, played in all sixteen games (starting one) with the Bears last season.

Interesting, Okoye is entering his sixth season in the NFL despite being only twenty-four years old.  Yes, you read that right.

Okoye was born in Nigeria and moved to Alabama when he was twelve years old and tested into the ninth-grade at his local high school. He began playing high school football when he was thirteen.  Six years later, he became the youngest player to ever be drafted into the NFL at age nineteen.

Okoye was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft (10th overall).  He started at least twelve games each of the four seasons he was with the Texans and recorded 11.0 sacks during that time.

In his career, Okoye has recorded 165 tackles, 15.0 sacks and forced two fumbles in five years.  A 6-2, 292 pound defensive lineman, Okoye played collegiate football at Louisville.

  • dbroncs24/7

    Definitely need to get him for depth and who knows at only 24 maybe he’ll turn his career around. 

  • Man_one

    This would be somewhat comforting.

  • Speer

    I’ll be content with this guy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVR7MB3TB53Y4R2J4HB2TQ2UII Djabko

    We need him…I’ve liked this guy for a while. 

  • broncosfan

    He isnt too good though i think we need a bigger guy

  • Tom9798

    WTF are you thinking?  This guy has played in twelve games a season for four years, with 11 sacks, and he’s 24?

    He hasn’t even started his career!  What were you doing at 19 or 24 yrs. old?

  • dbroncs24/7

    I’m thinking that he was a top ten first round pick who has been in the league for 5 years and has been a bust so far (a backup last year) and I was overseas defending our country at that age. WTF were you doing?  

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2582236 Elway4Life

    Taking people’s backups to be our starters?  I hope not!  Now if we had signed Bunkley I think Amobi One Okoye would be a great DT off the bench! 

  • Dark_1s

     Come on we need to start spending on the defense yeah it’s Payton, but we need a defense too 

  • Dark_1s

     Come on we need to start spending on the defense yeah it’s Payton, but we need a defense too 

  • http://thingsatrexdoes.tumblr.com Mike Birtwistle

    I liked the write ups on him during the draft, I’m really surprised the Broncos didn’t claim him off waivers last year and I’d be quite happy if he became a Bronco today – remember Bunk and Harvey, I think Fox likes to take some chances on former 1st round picks.

    As long as the money’s right, I say yes.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this kid in college, and really wished he fell in the draft so we could steal him. He had a non-stop motor in college, and kinda like Von Miller, when you turned on tape of him, nobody had to point him out, because it was obvious who he was as soon as the ball was snapped. Yes, he was that good and that impactful!

    I’m not sure what is going on with him in the NFL though. Maybe it was the Texans’ system That wasn’t a fit? Maybe the coaching? Remember, even Super Mario struggled at times in that system and kinda disappeared for a while. Anyways, I love this guy and really hope we get him now that we once again have a shot at him. I’m hoping Fox and DelRio can turn his career around, much like Fox just did with Bunkley (1st round “bust”). I think Okoye is starting material. He just needs the right coach/system. I just hope that if we get him, Atwater doesn’t get confused and knock him the fuck out! Lol

  • Anonymous

    Also, depending on how he was used, DTs aren’t necessarily the highest sack total players. If they bring the pressure up the gut, the qb usually rolls out to avoid them, and then land in the waiting arms of the ends, like Mario Williams….. Hmmm…..

  • Tom9798

    I was praying my son-in-law would come home alive.  After serving a full tour in Iraq, he was sent for a full tour in Afghanistan.  My daughter was a bundle.  He came home safe and sound for the holidays, and now he’s out.
     
    Since I served my country from 1971-74 during the Vietnam War, before you were born,
    I don’t feel I have to justify to you ‘What I was doing’. . . . thanks for your service.

  • dbroncs24/7

    Sorry for getting defensive but you wanted to know what I was doing at that age and a lot of people don’t appreciate what we’ve done. Always good to meet another serviceman. Semper Fi. Btw Okoye is still a bust so far

  • Anonymous

    Oh snap!

  • Aaronh3

    How dumb is our school system that the kid from Nigeria tested into the ninth grade at 12 years old?

  • Aaronh3

    How dumb is our school system that the kid from Nigeria tested into the ninth grade at 12 years old?

  • Tom9798

    Likewise . . . give Okoye a chance, he was drafted before he buy beer!

  • Tom9798

    Likewise . . . give Okoye a chance, he was drafted before he buy beer!

  • BroncosSB2012

    You guys should take it easy.  Only an idiot would not respect what our servicemen/women have done for our country.  And why waste your time with an idiot on the internet?

    On to football – I haven’t seen enough of this guy to know if we should try to sign him.  But I would rather have a pass rusher than a run defender.  Here’s why – our way to win games will be scoring a lot of points (hopefully) and having the other team pass to keep up.  With 2 great pass rushers on the edge, a threat up the middle becomes important.

    Thank you both BTW.

  • Anonymous

    Kids struggling in school? You can’t fail them, cause it’ll hurt their little feelings, so instead, schools need to lower the standards to a level that even the dumbest of kids will pass. Only in America! Lol

  • William39187

    Love the move team needs to make it we have no DT’s plus he is young at 24 and he was Doom’s team mate in college let’s reunite them in the NFL.

  • None

    Check out who his D coordinator was in Houston…that may be a reason why he’s coming this way….

  • Sierra_hpbt

    I was thinking that the Broncos needed to make their first 2 picts D-tackes since the drat is pretty thick in D-tackles this year. If they can land this guy they can can draft 1 d_tackle in the first round, then get a corner in the second. A good runningback/fullback in the third, and a Center/gaurd in the 4th and a wideout with the second 4th round pick. 5th round can be spent on O-line etc or whatever they want to do.

  • sandoval

    NEED TO GET THIS GUY!! CAN NOT STRESS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS!! WE LOST OUT ON BUNKLEY AND WE NEED DEPTH AT DT!!! 

  • Speer

    America has one of the worst education systems on the planet. The Nigerian kid was probably smarter than the average American student. But I agree, only America would dumb down its criteria so feelings don’t get hurt.

  • Speer

    There’s little doubt in my mind that Amobi Okoye isn’t an above average individual.  I’m sure he was smart enough to pass the test but the American school system is pretty f*^n stupid.  It wouldn’t surprise me if any 12 year old from anywhere in the country out performs the average American School kid.  It’s not that we’re stupid it’s just a failed system. 

  • Speer

    **from anywhere “outside” this country…

  • Brncx

     I wanted to see Bunkley come back as well but they are already spending big bucks on Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson.  I think they need to find a star player if they are going to give out big money.  While I really liked Bunkley he is not a star player.

  • Brncx

     I wanted to see Bunkley come back as well but they are already spending big bucks on Ty Warren and Kevin Vickerson.  I think they need to find a star player if they are going to give out big money.  While I really liked Bunkley he is not a star player.

  • MOPH_BroncoFan

    We need @ least 2 great FA signing like this. Then the BRONCOS need to draft a decent DT as well.

  • Jroyals

    Receiver in the first running Back in the second LB in the 3rd then defensive line 2 in the fourth another in the fifth and another running back in the 6th that will just about round us out.We have a good FB in Spencer Larsen…..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCEG2QX2FUSW6I4ZSMUAQKPWRY brian

    Larsen left for free agency it thought.. You can’t winn football games unless you dominate the line of scrimmage. Dtacle first. Our receivers are good enough..