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With their last available pick in the 2013 draft, the 49ers take a chance on a project player with unfathomable upside.
At No. 252 overall, San Francisco selects Olympian Lawrence Okoye, a British record-holder for discus.
Okoye, 21, is a world-class athlete with tantalizing measurables. Although he has no football background, several teams expressed interest in him, which would make him the most popular rookie free agent if he goes undrafted.
However, if he goes undrafted, it is then his choice of which team he wants to sign with.
At 6’6”, 308 pounds, Okoye runs a 4.78 40-time, making him both bigger and faster than Houston Texans’ All-Pro J.J. Watt. That kind of physical ability is hard to come by, making him worth the seventh-rounder.
Before the draft, the 49ers expressed interest in Okoye (h/t NFL.com).
Therefore, in Round 7, the Niners prevent Lawrence Okoye from becoming a UDFA, giving defensive line coach Jim Tomsula a mighty chunk of marble to begin chipping away at.
Dylan DeSimone is the San Francisco 49ers' lead columnist for Bleacher Report. A former NFL journalist and fantasy football writer for SB Nation, Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, Dylan now writes for B/R.
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