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would you take a shot on a player who has never played football 7th round?

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http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000158087/article/lawrence-okoye-impresses-at-super-regional-combine

The NFL Super Regional Combine at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas is hosting 219 players hoping to catch the eye of talent evaluators on Sunday and Monday.

One unique prospect already has stood out to NFL.com's Gil Brandt. Defensive end Lawrence Okoye, the 21-year-old British discus record-holder, was "unbelievably active and incredibly explosive" in drills, according to Brandt.

At nearly 6-foot-6 and 304 pounds, Okoye ran the 40-yard dash in 4.88 and 4.78 seconds while posting a 10-foot-5 broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump in a "real, first-class show." Brandt called him the class of the defensive linemen in attendance Sunday.

Okoye reportedly turned down an offer to attend the prestigious Oxford University to try out for the NFL. Although Okoye originally expected to sign with a team after the 2013 NFL Draft, Brandt now believes the 2012 Olympian could be drafted.

Also an accomplished rugby player, Okoye recently said five NFL teams have shown interest in him. After Sunday's impressive performance, that number figures to rise.

I know what most of you are thinking. But in the 7th... this kind of freakish talent is rare. and on a throw away pick why not...can't be worst than fua and mcclain.

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maybe udfa, but even then I'd rather let someone else play that attention ***** game.

I'd rather us use resources on people that have a clue and who have actually committed their life to the game rather than someone just going thru a phase of curiosity.

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I would in the 7th.

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Maybe if we had 14 picks like the 49ers. We have 5.

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Yea I agree. In the seventh it's essentially zero risk if it doesn't work out, and huge reward if it does...

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He plays defensive end (a position we don't need)

He has never played a down of football in his life at any level.

The Panthers only have five draft picks with glaring needs at wide receiver, tight end, guard, defensive tackle, safety, and cornerback.

Looks like he's obviously going to become a Panther.

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Accomplished rugby player? Hell yeah. Rugby is no joke.

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We don't have a 7th.

Rather get a K or take a risk on a project OL in the 6th.

5th is way to high.

UDFA? Sure, why not.

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We don't have that luxury, we need to draft football players.

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okoye_afp_2301156b.jpg

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Since we dont have a 7th, the point is moot.

Udfa, sure, why not?

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Not with our offensive coaching staff.

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