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tony hipchest
01-27-2007, 10:48 PM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/9949399

pat kirwan was talking about this kid on tuesday, (he may have his numbers wrong cause today they said okoye was only 286 lbs.) but every indication through a weeks worth of practice and todays sr bowl game is that this guys stock is quickly rising. dick vermiel seems to think his age really doesnt matter.

The most impressive athlete after one practice is 19-year-old defensive tackle Amobi Okoye from Louisville. The first thing that jumped out at me during his pass-rush drills and the 9-on-7 live running game drill was his explosive quickness and excellent technique. It's hard to comprehend that a kid only 19 years old is graduating from college and looks like the next Warren Sapp. Okoye is 6-foot-2 and 312 pounds with the legs of a running back. New Tampa Bay defensive line coach Larry Coyer could hardly contain his emotions coaching the teen-ager no one could block.

There is no substitute for evaluating football players in pads working against each other. I'll be here most of the week on the field, up close and personal with the Class of 2007.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-28-2007, 04:05 AM
I think not only a first round pick but Okoye should get drafted in the first 15 picks if not sooner. This kid is intelligent since he first started college at age 16 and did graduate. He has a great work ethic and seems to have any character flaws. Plus Okoye tore up the practice this week at the Senior Bowl and he dominate in the Senior Bowl game.

I also don't think this kid is done filling out his frame. I think Amobi Okoye is going to be a very good player in the NFL and his future is bright.

Elvis
01-28-2007, 05:48 AM
:tt02: I could see him wearing #92 rushing the passer in Black N Gold couldnt you? He looks awesome to me. This is a very important draft for the Steelers and Tomlin this year. Dont you agree?:wave:

Dylan
02-14-2007, 01:15 PM
Okoye would be a great pick for us. By the time he blossoms into an elite player he will still be very young

Hines0wnz
02-27-2007, 03:18 PM
:tt02: I could see him wearing #92 rushing the passer in Black N Gold couldnt you? He looks awesome to me. This is a very important draft for the Steelers and Tomlin this year. Dont you agree?:wave:

Its a pipedream to be honest with you.

lilyoder6
02-27-2007, 08:24 PM
i still can't get over that he is only 19 and that he is intelligent and is an elite player at a very young age..

polamalufan43
02-28-2007, 03:09 PM
Well, some players are just born that way. Either that or they work hard and develop into a serious talent.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

PhillyBallHawks
03-03-2007, 09:18 PM
I think that's really cool. He's got a chance to have a long, successfull NFL career. His first game will come when he's 20. Unbelievable.

CStout
03-08-2007, 07:52 PM
very smart kid

GBMelBlount
03-10-2007, 10:01 PM
Sounds like a great draft pick. Reminds me of when my little league, Trumbull Ct, kicked the crap out of the Taiwanese "12 year olds" in the little league world series in the 80's.

Jeremy
03-11-2007, 08:50 AM
If he's in the NFL by 19, he'll be done by 30. That position takes an incredible pounding. Unless your game is based on being a pant load like Ted Washington, you're done as soon as the spring goes out of your legs. Plus I don't like drafting players from borderline programs like Louisville.