Lawrence Okoye is probably the most intriguing "prospect" we've had...ever. When you look at all the fliers we took on injured players (Marcus Lattimore, Luke Marquardt, Tank Carradine, etc.), we. clearly, have that luxury. But look at last year as well...injuries to Johnson and Fleming, add in Looney, Kilgore and AJ who saw little action but were "developing" all year, we have created quite a farm-system here! And here comes the new crop of developmental prospects with huge upside as well (add in Lockette).
If you're Baalke, you look at college production but even more at what OUR coaching staff can do with them and how they'd fit our system/needs today and down the road. Look at ALL of these guys ready to break out this year: Lockette, Kilgore, Looney, Robinson, Spillman, Johnson, Fleming, AJ, Williams, Culliver (to a lesser degree), etc.
As to LO, RDE isn't exactly a difficult position to learn here and he's already shown he can make it to the Olympics in two years in a technical sport. He's going to Oxford. This dude is going to study his ass off and develop as fast as anyone ever has. Tomsula already has a very experienced DL who not only are very good players but can help teach the younger guys as well/mentors. Think of how many players we had sitting last year beyond the 46 that were stashed there and were developing in the background.
My point on LO is that he not only may realistically make this 53 but could end up playing some this year (Culliver-route).
[ Edited by NCommand on May 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM ]