On his initial reaction once he found out he was headed to the Bears:
"It feels great. I got the phone call when I was text-messaging Trent [Edwards] to tell him congratulations because he got picked one pick or a couple picks before me. My phone started ringing and I didn't recognize the number, and I looked up at the TV and saw the Chicago Bears. I definitely got excited then and almost couldn't talk on the phone, but it feels great and I am excited to be a Bear. I'm ready to get after it."
On whether or not he played any Cover 2 at Stanford and knows the defense:
"We played the Cover 2 pretty often in our defense. We sort of ran pretty similar defense to the Chicago Bears, except we ran the Cover 2 out of the 3-4 primarily. I know the Bears do a lot of three linebackers, Cover 2 stuff. In terms of the coverage, I am very familiar with it."
Director of College Scouting Greg Gabriel
On what the organization sees in Okwo and why they drafted him:
"I see him as a will linebacker. He's very athletic. He's intense. Not the tallest guy – 5-11.5 – but he runs well. He's very strong and explosive. He has great instincts. He makes a lot of plays."
On whether it was hard to evaluate Okwo because he was on such a bad team:
"No, he kind of jumps out at you when you're watching Stanford play. In fact, I was at the Stanford-Notre Dame game. He made a lot of plays."
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