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Lawrence Okoye Thread of Epic Awesomeness

Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:

The guy is a specimen, no doubt about that
Originally posted by VPofCarnage:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:


I know Harbaugh said that Okoye was going to have to make the team as a defensive linemen - and therefore, not on special teams, but it sounds like Okoye would be the perfect guy to have on kickoffs in particular, but also punts, to stay back and toward the middle of the field to be like a free safety of the kicking teams - a last line of defense (kickers barely count as a last line of defense). It sounds like he's got the speed and I imagine he could very well be able to blow through a block or two if he needed to, to get to the returner. Sounds like a good idea to me - probably because I don't know much of what I'm talking about when it comes to special teams. Summer is the time to think creatively about these kinds of things, though, right?

I also wonder if Okoye is better physically suited to be a middle linebacker where lateral speed is as important as ability to get low with leverage. Of course, the football knowledge and experience it takes to play middle linebacker successfully is likely much greater than defensive tackle, so that's probably not practical. I was just wondering what position Okoye is best physically suited for if lack of football knowledge and experience didn't limit him so much.
[ Edited by 49erphan on Jun 26, 2014 at 6:46 AM ]
this guy could be a monster , a reserve DE , a blocking TE or FB , Special teams ....I'm rooting for him
I think Okoye is another season on the PS away from making any kind of serious run at the 53 man roster. Preseason could prove me wrong, but physical gifts aside he's still a football neophyte . . . especially at this level.
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
I think Okoye is another season on the PS away from making any kind of serious run at the 53 man roster. Preseason could prove me wrong, but physical gifts aside he's still a football neophyte . . . especially at this level.

Agreed. We have a lot of bodies along the DL so it's hard to see him making the 53 unless he completely lights up on ST. It's probably best for him to go onto the PS for another year.
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
I think Okoye is another season on the PS away from making any kind of serious run at the 53 man roster. Preseason could prove me wrong, but physical gifts aside he's still a football neophyte . . . especially at this level.

I wouldn't be surprised if Okoye got picked up by another bad team if we don't keep him on our 53-roster.
I wouldn't put him on special teams. too dangerous for himself and others. We don't need help on special teams.
Originally posted by brodiebluebanaszak:
I wouldn't put him on special teams. too dangerous for himself and others.

Why not? I like the sound of that "and others" part.
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look at his body. he's an offensive tackle.
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Damn. You know he's just vandalizing the p*ssy!
Originally posted by sdaddy101269:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Damn. You know he's just vandalizing the p*ssy!

You know it. He's a ripped good looking dude that chicks will be naturally drawn to . . . then he breaks out the charming British accent and they're probably damn near helpless to resist. Time of your Mr. Okoye.
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/27/6516964/underdog-add-depth-chart-to-lawrence.html

Okoye hasn't had much seasoning since last year. He played a mere handful of snaps at the very end of last year's preseason games, then injured his knee in the third preseason game and was placed on IR for the year. He was able to attend meetings and watch practices. Prior to the game in London it was clear that his mental sharpness was as impressive as his physique (6-6, 305 pounds) and athleticism (weight-room champ; fastest lineman on the team).

But Okoye still hasn't played very much football, and it's getting into games and dueling with guards and tackles that will accelerate his learning curve. That's where the 49ers' d-line depth will be a hindrance. With so many other players ahead of him on the depth chart, it's hard to see him taking many preseason snaps this year as well.

The 49ers may be eying him for the practice squad, which would involve them cutting him at some point, exposing him to waivers, and then re-signing him to the practice squad. Perhaps that's why Harbaugh didn't seem eager to sing his praises.


Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/06/27/6516964/underdog-add-depth-chart-to-lawrence.html

Okoye hasn't had much seasoning since last year. He played a mere handful of snaps at the very end of last year's preseason games, then injured his knee in the third preseason game and was placed on IR for the year. He was able to attend meetings and watch practices. Prior to the game in London it was clear that his mental sharpness was as impressive as his physique (6-6, 305 pounds) and athleticism (weight-room champ; fastest lineman on the team).

But Okoye still hasn't played very much football, and it's getting into games and dueling with guards and tackles that will accelerate his learning curve. That's where the 49ers' d-line depth will be a hindrance. With so many other players ahead of him on the depth chart, it's hard to see him taking many preseason snaps this year as well.

The 49ers may be eying him for the practice squad, which would involve them cutting him at some point, exposing him to waivers, and then re-signing him to the practice squad. Perhaps that's why Harbaugh didn't seem eager to sing his praises.


no way he makes it to the practice squad
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Originally posted by NeeJ49er:
this guy could be a monster , a reserve DE , a blocking TE or FB , Special teams ....I'm rooting for him

Me too. If Ian Williams goes on PUP, I think he makes it to the 53. It all depends on his development. These training camp is critical and I'm giving it a 50%/ 50% chance that if he's doing well - they won't play him at all in pre-season to hide him from the other teams.