Draft Day Q&A: Frank Okam
What is like now that the process is done, you've been drafted and you're staying in the state of Texas? It's a life's dream becoming a reality. It's something I thought about since I was a little kid and it's finally come to pass. I'm almost speechless. On top of that, I get to stay in the state of Texas and getting to move to a great city like Houston is really a blessing.
What do you know about the Texans? It's definitely a great organization. I actually met with them a few weeks before the draft and met all the personnel. I really feel like it's a team that is going in the right direction. There in a very tough division, obviously, but they had a great season last year finishing 8-8 and just missing the playoffs.
What are you looking to help them with? The Texans are definitely one of the up-and-coming teams in the league and they have a lot of really good, young players on the defense. I think one of the things I can come in and help with is being able to stop the run.
How did playing at Texas help prepare you for this? When you play at Texas, you are always playing against the top talent from across the country. While I was there, we had a chance to play the USCs, the Ohio States and the Michigans, so we got a chance to play against the nation's best. I think that makes the transition to the next level a little bit easier because you know you can compete on that level. It's why you go to Texas, for the competition, the academics and the whole environment. It really prepares you for the next step.
What do you think about reuniting with Kasey Studdard? It's definitely a great thing having a former teammate down there, especially when it's a great guy like Kasey. I think him going through the whole process last year will really help me. It will be good to have a familiar face there. We've actually been working out together in the offseason for a while, but now I can talk to him about the team and what it's like down there, so I should be able to use him as a resource and hopefully, that will make my transition a little easier.