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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

  • buck
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Originally posted by jimrat:
http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/lawrence-okoye-49ers-hitting-blocking-shield-with-face-photos/

A face that could sink a ship.
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by jimrat:
http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/lawrence-okoye-49ers-hitting-blocking-shield-with-face-photos/

Interesting link, thanks.

What is Tomsula going for? Look at those wings. Hope it all works out.

My concern about Okyoe was the brutality and the velocity of the hitting. To me, this looks like it's Tomsula's concern as well and it also looks like Okyoe is stepping up to the plate like a real trooper. It will be a real coup if this guy turns into a legitimate player because he is really a beast.
Our concerns should all rest with the guys we spent draft picks on. He's a UFA signing,....nothing risked.
Originally posted by GNielsen:
My concern about Okyoe was the brutality and the velocity of the hitting. To me, this looks like it's Tomsula's concern as well and it also looks like Okyoe is stepping up to the plate like a real trooper. It will be a real coup if this guy turns into a legitimate player because he is really a beast.

I recall my HS line coach teaching us to keep our eyes open, and pee wee coaches likely do as well--though I didn't play as a youngster. That's how much the poor guy has to catch up! The very basics of the position...even getting use to the helmet! My guess is that he will be on the practice squad and spend the year learning the nuances...then next camp he will have a real chance to compete. Nice that they are willing to spend the effort on a talented guy...and is a good influence for the other DL as they watch him suffer stoically.
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Greg ‏@run_ish

Okoye took reps with 2nd team defense
They are REALLY coaching this guy up which says a ton as well. They wouldn't be wasting a second on this guy if they didn't feel like they could genuinely use him soon. If it was FS or WR or QB, he'd have no chance but RDE? He's got a better shot than most esp. given all who is around him (Justin, Aldon, McDonald, Tomsula, Fangio, etc.).
[ Edited by NCommand on Aug 4, 2013 at 1:41 PM ]
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Originally posted by Gore_21:
Yeah, seems like he's trying to toughen him up. My first thoughts on him even before we signed him were this guy is probably soft. He has no idea what playing in the NFL will be like and it seems to be correct with him saying it's been the hardest thing he's had to do so far. And that's before even playing a game; heck he said that before training camp began. There are lots of guys out there with big bodies, even some who are mostly muscle who are soft. Like 5280 said even with those huge thighs if he's not low enough when the ball is snapped he will just get stood up even if the guy is a lot lighter. It's all about leverage. He will have to learn leverage, he will have to learn technique, he will have to learn how to play the run and how to diagnose a play and he will have to learn to use his strength to his advantage and get more physical. I hope he works out and I won't write him off but my first thought when signing him was he isn't worth the trouble.

with legs that thick and long, you can only get so low...

in body, okoye is an offensive tackle. we'll see what happens.
Originally posted by xcfan:
Originally posted by Gore_21:
Yeah, seems like he's trying to toughen him up. My first thoughts on him even before we signed him were this guy is probably soft. He has no idea what playing in the NFL will be like and it seems to be correct with him saying it's been the hardest thing he's had to do so far. And that's before even playing a game; heck he said that before training camp began. There are lots of guys out there with big bodies, even some who are mostly muscle who are soft. Like 5280 said even with those huge thighs if he's not low enough when the ball is snapped he will just get stood up even if the guy is a lot lighter. It's all about leverage. He will have to learn leverage, he will have to learn technique, he will have to learn how to play the run and how to diagnose a play and he will have to learn to use his strength to his advantage and get more physical. I hope he works out and I won't write him off but my first thought when signing him was he isn't worth the trouble.

with legs that thick and long, you can only get so low...

in body, okoye is an offensive tackle. we'll see what happens.

Alex Boone disagrees
Originally posted by GNielsen:
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Originally posted by jimrat:
http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/lawrence-okoye-49ers-hitting-blocking-shield-with-face-photos/

Interesting link, thanks.

What is Tomsula going for? Look at those wings. Hope it all works out.

My concern about Okyoe was the brutality and the velocity of the hitting. To me, this looks like it's Tomsula's concern as well and it also looks like Okyoe is stepping up to the plate like a real trooper. It will be a real coup if this guy turns into a legitimate player because he is really a beast.

Well said
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Originally posted by random49er:
Our concerns should all rest with the guys we spent draft picks on. He's a UFA signing,....nothing risked.

Really. Do we have to allocate our concerns based upon the round in which the guys were picked?
Originally posted by buck:
Originally posted by random49er:
Our concerns should all rest with the guys we spent draft picks on. He's a UFA signing,....nothing risked.

Really. Do we have to allocate our concerns based upon the round in which the guys were picked?

I think concern should be an inverse relationship with draft status. Okyoe? AAAAAHHHHH! I'm freaking out!!! Cooper, Bykowski, Daniels, Moody? What the hell is going on!!! Dial, Lattimore, Patton? What's up today, bra? Lemonier, MacDonald, Carradine? Yawn, any news? Reid? Whatever. Boring.
Originally posted by Jcool:
Greg ‏@run_ish

Okoye took reps with 2nd team defense


Oh please. Don't read into it. Obviously the guy is working hard and they threw him a bone. Right thing to do. Next on the agenda for Okoye: go to sleep, get up at 6 am and do it all over again.

It's a real positive that he's doing what's asked of him with no flinching, no ego. THAT is what may get him a spot on practice squad and maybe if there are injuries a few games on the 45. I honestly am impressed that a 21 year old with no big school experience would last this long in a difficult environment populated with bullies larger than he is.

It's not just the physical training that he's missed. It's the mental torture of being in a big school high pressure environment. But he's handling it very well.
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
Oh please. Don't read into it. Obviously the guy is working hard and they threw him a bone. Right thing to do. Next on the agenda for Okoye: go to sleep, get up at 6 am and do it all over again.

It's a real positive that he's doing what's asked of him with no flinching, no ego. THAT is what may get him a spot on practice squad and maybe if there are injuries a few games on the 45. I honestly am impressed that a 21 year old with no big school experience would last this long in a difficult environment populated with bullies larger than he is.

It's not just the physical training that he's missed. It's the mental torture of being in a big school high pressure environment. But he's handling it very well.

What?
OMG LOOK HOW BIG
C.J. SPILLMAN IS !
Originally posted by Dr_Bill_Walsh:
OMG LOOK HOW BIG
C.J. SPILLMAN IS !

Does not look like a man adverse to contact.