Originally posted by Garlicboy:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Yeah, except Okoye is still an absolute longshot after having never played football in his life. Hageman with the right coaching could be a dominating presence for a decade or more.
Lawrence Okoye was a low risk, high reward type player.
Lawrence Okoye has never played football, but he's played rugby (football with no pads). So I think the never played football concerns are a bit exaggerated.
Okoye has 1 year under his belt with the 49ers. Can't wait to see what he does next year.
Obviously the 49ers coaching staff thought highly of him. Enough to invest $480,000 to have him learn for a year.
As do I. I still don't think he will be ready to contribute in 2014, but in 2015, look out. It's times like these that you wish NFL Europe were still around so a guy like him can get game time experience instead of having to wait until preseason.