Daily Mail piece listed him at 21 stone = 294 lb.
Fascinating case - what do you do with an outstanding athlete who's also highly intelligent, but has never played the game? Some coach will take the bait to play Henry Higgins with this guy.
Another idea might be to come over here for grad school and learn the game.
Anyone got Jim Margraff's # at JHU handy?
I'd grab him as an UDFA on physical potential alone. Let him give it a shot on the PS and see if the doctoral level brain can learn the game.
Im from england and regrettably have never played a down of football.
That said I have watched the NFL solid for more than a few years now, and I would say that pass rushing DE, WR or RB would be the easiest positions to pick up for a gifted athlete with the physical skillset as okoye obviously has.
Would any of y'all you have played football at any level have opinions on the easiest positions to pick up for a non-football player?
Plus if someone is gifted enough physically then, depending on the position, you can usually do some things to simplify the game for them so that they can take advantage of their physical skills.
Again, that's not to say this guy would work out. I agree it's more likely that he never becomes a solid NFL player. Just not overwhelmingly so.
If he were a straight-ahead running back, like another Okoye who came to football very late:
he might have a chance, but a defensive end needs years to refine his skills. Good luck to him, but it's a real long shot.
Have there been dumb guys in the NFL? Sure. But how many of them didn't understand the game? Or at least, the techniques of their position? That's the question. Sure in theory a guy could pick it up, but outside of some guys in the 80s becoming return men (Ron Brown, Skeets Nehemiah) I can't think of a lot of instances where it's happened, and I can imagine a lot of crazy athletes out there have wanted to give it a go.
Might as well speculate that Usain Bolt could play in the NFL. 6' 6", fastest man on earth. Shouldn't he be able to run 9 routes and learn to catch a football? Seems pretty easy when you frame it that way, but like they say, if it was easy, everybody would do it.
There have been a few guys who came into the NFL in recent years that have little or no experience even at the college level. Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzales, Antonio Gates. They are all TE's but they are all very good to great players. This guy is probably a long shot, but there is precedent.
I played DL in HS. Started out as a big fat freshman DT starting on a stacked JV team, then slimmed down to a dominant DE. The reads the skills and the assignments are simple. Size and athletic ability are what sperate the stars there. Tackles with 30 pounds on me had no chance to block me if they did not have longer reach and very fast feet, which in local HS squads was just not happening. Measurables matter.