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Lawrence Okoye | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/6/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 304
College: None
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49ers waived DL Lawrence Okoye, K Corey Acosta, LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Mylan Hicks, OT Sean Hooey, WR Mario Hull, WR Chuck Jacobs, WR Nigel King, LB Shawn Lemon and FB Trey Millard.
Okoye signed a reserve/future contract in January. Still only 24 (in October), Okoye is a freak-of-nature athlete for his 6-foot-6 frame, but it simply isn't translating to football. The fact that he can't even crack the 49ers' practice speaks ill of his development. Aug 31 - 4:37 PM

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49ers signed DL Lawrence Okoye to a reserve/future contract.

6-foot-6 with 4.8 wheels, Okoye has the physical talent to develop into an NFL star, but he has struggled in his transition to football. The former rugby player and track star will get at least one more offseason to prove he belongs.
Jan 3 - 11:01 AM

49ers DE Lawrence Okoye is not expected to make the roster as a defensive lineman.

The freakishly athletic ex-Olympian has struggled in D-Line drills and goes 6-foot-6, which requires a ton of knee-bending on the defensive line. CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco does suggest Okoye could make the Niners as a kick-coverage maven, where he can "blast down the field faster than men who weigh 75 pounds less." At 304 pounds, Okoye ran as fast as 4.78 in the forty last year.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 12:59:00 PM

49ers signed DE Lawrence Okoye and WR Devon Wylie to reserve/future contracts.

Once compared to Wes Welker by draftniks, Wylie is a former fourth-round pick of the Chiefs. Okoye is a major developmental prospect who was waived/injured last August by the 49ers. He is a former rugby player and track star.
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 03:27:00 PM

49ers waived/injured DL Lawrence Okoye and Lamar Divens.

A former rugby player and track star, Okoye was fully expected to wind up on the practice squad, but will instead spend the year on injured reserve if/when he clears waivers. He'll presumably make another long-shot roster bid next summer. Divens hasn't appeared in a game since 2010.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 03:18:00 PM

Coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged rugby player-turned-49ers rookie DE Lawrence Okoye is "not a good football player" right now.

"His next goal is to be 'not a bad player,'" said Harbaugh. "I want him to be a bad football player because that's really the next jump up for Lawrence Okoye." Okoye will get lots of preseason reps, but looks practice squad-bound at best.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 01:50:00 AM

49ers UDFA DL Lawrence Okoye acknowledged after OTAs that playing football is "the hardest thing I've ever done."

No defensive lineman at 49ers spring workouts took more reps than Okoye. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done, I'm under no illusions," admitted Okoye, who hasn't even practiced in a full-contact setting yet. An English rugby player and discus thrower, Okoye is playing American football for the first time in his life. It will be interesting to see if he lands a job on the practice squad.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 12:57:00 PM

According to ESPN's John Clayton, the "early word" on 49ers undrafted rookie DL Lawrence Okoye is he's shown enough talent at offseason workouts to make a serious run at a 53-man roster spot.

Per Clayton, there is "such a good buzz" on the freakishly athletic Okoye that he'd get claimed off waivers if San Francisco tried to push him onto the practice squad. Of course, Okoye has never played organized football and his star could fade fast when contact practices begin. Okoye is a former rugby player.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, May 15, 2013 08:11:00 PM

49ers signed DT Lawrence Okoye.

Okoye (6-foot-5 3/8, 304) hails from England and has never played organized football, but he put on a freak athletic show at the April 6 Regional Combine in Dallas. He ran forty times of 4.78 and 4.88 with a 10-foot-5 broad jump and 35-inch vertical, which is crazy for a 304-pound lineman. "He was unbelievably active and incredibly explosive in drills," observed NFL.com's Gil Brandt. Okoye is obviously a project.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 08:28:00 PM

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