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Jim Tomsula has a thing for Lawrence Okoye.
Don't believe me? Here's what the 49ers defensive line coach told Andrew Elliot of Sunday Express:
Our owners, general manager and head coach, they are the people who make the final decisions on signings. But did I push for him? Absolutely. Did I want him to be here? Absolutely.
He has speed, strength and athleticism – he has all the tools. I’m having a blast coaching him.
Okoye got loads of reps at OTAs and had his highlights, via Grant Cohn of The Press Democrat.
Sure, it would be unwise to put too much stock into a defensive lineman's performance at OTAs. After all, players don't wear pads.
But it's never a bad sign to get on Tomsula's good side.
If Okoye shows some football savvy at training camp, he could be a surprise addition to the 53-man roster.