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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

He'll have to adapt quickly. He's done that before, not throwing a discus until he was 18, then becoming a champion and Olympian at 21. His initial value might be as a backup everywhere. As others have mentioned, he might push Dial for short yardage defense, and Dobbs for TE duty and Dixon for short yardage blocking. His background in rugby might prepare him to be a FB and carry the ball on short yardage. Of course, this will tax his relatively short time to learn all these roles.
Originally posted by WINiner:
He decided to throws discus at 18...2 years later was in the Olympics. Apparently discus takes several years to master. Hopefully he catches on to football like he did discus.

The winner of the Olympics said Okoyo was dominate the sport for a decade.

Discus throwers normally enter their prime in their late 20's 28-30.


Being an Olympian you know he is going to try hard! Menelik Watson was drafted after playing for was it 2 years?

Okoyo could be on the roster the time he is 23?

Originally posted by gold49er2183:
Originally posted by gold49digger:
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is right. That dude sounds DRIVEN.

Was that his 4.7 40?
He appears like he's just doing a light jog.
Wow, huge potential. Tomsula has a lot to work with.
Originally posted by jimrat:

See ya later Dobbs! We have better DL prospects now.
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
6'5", 305, 4.8 40 and a 35" vertical?



6ft 6" 305, 40 yard dash was 4.78, 35 inches on the vertical jump and 10 feet, 5 inches on the broad jumps
Originally posted by jimrat:

"I will crush you Pete Carroll!"
Originally posted by Buchy:
Lomu was a freak, he ran the 100m in ~10.8 seconds.

Yeh but I bet his 40 would've been around 4.6-4.7,
I want this kid on the DL. He says he believes he can play like Watt. He believes having no training gives him an edge learning purely from professional coaches and only skills applicable to professional ball. He wants to be a 49. He was hoping to be drafted by the 49ers and quickly signed with us after the draft. He knows he will have to and is willing to play on the practice squad for a few years to learn and I believe he would refuse a claim from another team.

If the Niners will be patient with this kid he could really turn into an absolute dominant force on our Dline and still be relatively young when ready to play on Sundays.

I am rooting for him, his attitude is right, thats for sure.
Originally posted by AmpLee:
Originally posted by DarkKnight1680:
Anyone kind of hoping they try him out at TE? Probably more opportunity there, and with his combination of size/speed/power, and his rugby background, he could be very interesting at TE - especially in the Red Zone.

I think they'll give him any opportunity to put that athleticism to use. That being said, TE is a very cerebral position, and while he's got the brains, I think it would take longer for him to pick it up than D-line. Holy s**t though, can you imagine a guy his size, strength, and speed barreling down the middle of the field?! I love the idea!


Right! Who wrote the book on what a TE/FB should weigh? Throw him in on some short screens, I'm sure no one could get near him. Then try to bring him down. With Boldin out there to throw to as well! Monster offense will be something new for DC's to figure out how to stop. Could be some big hits on special teams this year!
[ Edited by goldrush49 on Apr 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM ]
Originally posted by English:
Okoye is a long shot to make the team, in all reality. We are somewhat loaded right now. It would appear the team see him on the D line.

It's a long-shot but there is a legitimate window of opportunity. Dobbs and Tukuafu aren't sure things to make the roster this year. If Okoye is quick to pick up the game (and he has a track record and smarts that indicate it's possible), I think there's a chance.
Russell Wilson = discus

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You guys are f**king crazy if you think they are gonna put him at TE lol
Originally posted by mrwoodz:
It's a comparison thing really - he may have 2 years on practice squad - but even if it takes that long he'd still be younger than some rookies. 24 and 25 year olds get drafted all the time, and he's only 21.

I don't expect to see him on the team this year - but he must have special teams possibility just because of his size and speed.

If there is a roster spot, keep this bloke. You're right, he's still young. The 49ers have the coaches to develophim. With his speed and athletic ability, JH may put him just about anywhere. He has the physical tools, but he needs to learn football terms, leverage, reading plays and techniques. I'm not sure how intellegent this guy is. But, I'll have his mammoth butt in a goaline as a fullback.lol
[ Edited by MrCrab49ers on Apr 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM ]
Originally posted by WINiner:
I want this kid on the DL. He says he believes he can play like Watt. He believes having no training gives him an edge learning purely from professional coaches and only skills applicable to professional ball. He wants to be a 49. He was hoping to be drafted by the 49ers and quickly signed with us after the draft. He knows he will have to and is willing to play on the practice squad for a few years to learn and I believe he would refuse a claim from another team.

If the Niners will be patient with this kid he could really turn into an absolute dominant force on our Dline and still be relatively young when ready to play on Sundays.

I am rooting for him, his attitude is right, thats for sure.
I am pretty sure that the longest any player can be on a practice squad with the same team is 2 years. I think there is a good chance he winds up on the PS for this year anyway.
Originally posted by LieutKaffee:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
This is what happens when a monster human being with no skill tries to compete with a skilled athlete...


That is just... not analogous at all.

Actually, the story of Christian Okoye is more analogous. A Nigerian with freakish measurables who came to the US without any knowledge of football in a very short time became a monster on the field at running back and dominated the NFL (until knee injuries took their toll and he quit while he was still reasonably healthy). Granted, DL requires different skills than RB, but still an apt analogy. No telling how this will turn out.

Wow, but what a TE this guy would make if he could catch the ball and learn how to block...