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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

  • jimrat
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Originally posted by eastcoast49ersfan:
In my opinion, the fact that he went undrafted means he has short arms for his height. I could be wrong, but if he had 34+ inch arms, I think a GM would've pulled the trigger in the 6th or 7th round (maybe earlier if his arms were longer than Aldon Smith's).

34 1/2 arm length http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/lawrence-okoye?id=2541134
[ Edited by jimrat on Apr 27, 2013 at 9:52 PM ]
He will be a mean edge rusher! Not hard to teach someone like that how to go kill the quarterback!
Originally posted by DarkKnight1680:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Originally posted by DarkKnight1680:
So how did Gates get so good at catching? It wasn't from playing college football, since he didn't. Some guys can catch and some guys can't. We just dont know with Okoye which it is. If he struggles catching the ball, you keep him away from offense - not a hard call. But if he shows some aptitude with his hands (and as a guy who played rugby and who was an olympian in a sport that involved manipulating a heavy object with his hands, I believe he may have some aptitude), then I think TE is his most interesting position in the NFL.


Gates played basketball. Ever try to catch a basketball that was thrown like a dart?

And we have McDonald, who is only 30 or so lbs lighter than this guy but just as fast. Are those 30 lbs going to make such a dramatic difference?

Yes, he did play basketball. So you can develop catching skills outs ide of football. There si a good possibility Okoye has this skill as well - but we can't know unless they try.

McDonald isn't great at catching the ball either - even on his NFL.com profile they mention that he would drop the ball once a game. If Okoye has equal hands, but is bigger/stronger/taller, I think he'd be a more interesting TE prospect, wouldn't you?

If we were forced to play him on the offense for some strange reason I would rather try him as a halfback, Like the Nigerian Nightmare
Originally posted by CraigHR:
Was he any good at rugby? Would be nice to know. Might indicate if he can become good football player.

I've read several times his Rugby career was "promising" before he started to concentrate on the Olympics
We're converting this guy to either TE or DB, I totally see it coming, he's gonna become something really f**king special for us once we coach him up to the game's standards.

I mean seriously, this guy has the strength and body of a lineman, but THE SPEED OF A RECEIVER. -Nobody is gonna wanna get in this motherf**ker's face the moment he's out there.

Harbaugh molding the clay once again, and making greatness.
Ughhhh I can't get the video to upload....
[ Edited by dugo on Apr 27, 2013 at 10:23 PM ]
Originally posted by BrianGO:
Posted this in the draft forum:

Monster athlete vs skilled professional...


looks like the 1990s boxing arcade game I used to play
Originally posted by jimrat:
34 1/2 arm length http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/lawrence-okoye?id=2541134

Nice - I wonder why he went undrafted though - GM's must think he won't be ready to play until his contract ends, but if nothing else, that would give us an advantage to re-sign him. This could end up being the equivalent of a 2016 2nd round pick or so if he develops by then and we keep him.
Although he's as fast as Corey Lemonier and 50 pounds heavier, he's reported to be a bit stiff and slow in changes of direction. But best of luck to him. Tomsula is his best chance.
Originally posted by SnakePlissken:
We're converting this guy to either TE or DB, I totally see it coming, he's gonna become something really f**king special for us once we coach him up to the game's standards.

I mean seriously, this guy has the strength and body of a lineman, but THE SPEED OF A RECEIVER. -Nobody is gonna wanna get in this motherf**ker's face the moment he's out there.

Harbaugh molding the clay once again, and making greatness.

A 300lb. DB?
Originally posted by eastcoast49ersfan:
and yeah, he wasn't anything special as a rugby player, but they're different games - you don't get breaks in rugby, so there aren't many 300 pounders because they don't have the endurance. Linemen in general would not be good at rugby, because you need to be able to move in space (some DE's like JPP would be successful though). It's bizarre to me that this guy played wing given he's not very fast - I would expect him to have played forward, but maybe he's afraid of contact which would be a major concern.

Okay. Thanks for feedback.
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by CraigHR:
Was he any good at rugby? Would be nice to know. Might indicate if he can become good football player.

I've read several times his Rugby career was "promising" before he started to concentrate on the Olympics

Yeah, the guy is only 21. It's not like he's had an opportunity to have much of a career at anything, besides being an olympian of course.
Originally posted by eastcoast49ersfan:
Originally posted by jimrat:
34 1/2 arm length http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/lawrence-okoye?id=2541134

Nice - I wonder why he went undrafted though - GM's must think he won't be ready to play until his contract ends, but if nothing else, that would give us an advantage to re-sign him. This could end up being the equivalent of a 2016 2nd round pick or so if he develops by then and we keep him.

Who in their right mind would draft someone who never played football lol
Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Although he's as fast as Corey Lemonier and 50 pounds heavier, he's reported to be a bit stiff and slow in changes of direction. But best of luck to him. Tomsula is his best chance.

300 pound guys tend to be stiff in the hips. I'm sure if he slimmed down 50 pounds of muscle, it would loosen those hips up a bit.
Originally posted by RonMexico:
Originally posted by eastcoast49ersfan:
Originally posted by jimrat:
34 1/2 arm length http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/lawrence-okoye?id=2541134

Nice - I wonder why he went undrafted though - GM's must think he won't be ready to play until his contract ends, but if nothing else, that would give us an advantage to re-sign him. This could end up being the equivalent of a 2016 2nd round pick or so if he develops by then and we keep him.

Who in their right mind would draft someone who never played football lol

Sounds like something Al Davis would have done.

oh you said "right mind."