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Old 04-11-2013, 03:44 PM   #1
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Lawrence Okoye visits Saints

British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye burst onto the pre-draft radar with an outstanding performance at a Regional Combine in Dallas over the weekend and his work has landed him a pair of visits with teams this week.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Okoye, who is eligible to be drafted this month, visited with the 49ers on Wednesday and that he will visit with the Saints on Friday. After that, Okoye has to head back to England to work out his visa. It’s a safe bet he’ll have more visits to do once the paperwork gets taken care of in the U.K.

Okoye’s mix of size (6-foot-5 3/8, 304 pounds) and speed (4.88 and 4.78 in the 40-yard dash) would raise the eyebrows of any NFL scout. He’s the very definition of raw, though, and a team using a pick on him would have to be able to devote time and effort to make his physical gifts translate onto the field.

With 13 picks and a roster pretty well stocked at the moment, the 49ers fit the profile of just such a team. From the looks of things, they might have some competition if they want to go that route.

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Is he gonna be anything like his cousin?!?

Elite measureables and looks lost on a football field?!?
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I wouldn't want to see Saints spend a pick on him, but as an UDFA and placed on the practice squad... sure, why not if the staff thinks he has enough potential.
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I'd love to see him as an UDFA but no way we are spending a pick on him.
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I'd love to see him as an UDFA but no way we are spending a pick on him.

I agree !
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I would rather a player that can play right now not two years from now.
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I would rather a player that can play right now not two years from now.

He could spend that two years on the practice squad while he was being coached up and developed.
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"He’s the very definition of raw," ya think?
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UDFA........OK!
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He could spend that two years on the practice squad while he was being coached up and developed.
I still wouldn't want to wast a draft pick on him. I see a team like 49ers who has draft picks out the ass picking him for the hell of it. We can't afford to use a pick on guy that can't help us right now.
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