Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/5/13
With players like Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis, Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith, this year’s 49er roster looks to be as talented as any other team in the league.  Being the stars that they are these players have already received the attention and notoriety that they deserve. So instead on focusing on some under-the-radar players and although some may not make the final roster they are still some players to watch. Lawrence Okoye DE: Ever have those nightmares as a kid where Freddy Krueger or  Jason are chasing you? Would you like to know who Freddy and Jason have nightmares about? Yep, it’s Lawrence Okoye.  This mammoth of a man is listed at 6 foot 6 and 304 pounds and just happens to run a 4.7 40.   Okoye defines every bit of the phrase “Physical Specimen”.  There is just one problem, the man has never played football, ever.  He played rugby and then was an Olympian discus thrower.  Now he is setting his sights on becoming a defensive end at the highest level.  His physical tools alone have managed to impress coach Harbaugh but it will take more than that to make the final cut of this already talented roster especially given that he is already well behind all of the incoming rookies because of his lack of inexperience. A. J. Jenkins WR: Arguably the player with the most pressure on him to produce.  Last year, Jenkins managed to only see action in three games and with the loss of Michael Crabtree he is essentially the only deep threat on the roster.  It should be interesting to see if the he came rise to the occasion and take hold of one of the starting wide receiver positions now that Vernon Davis has seen some snaps at wide receiver and now that Kyle Williams has been activated from the PUP list and has been brought on the field with the first team. Nnamdi Asomugha CB: How can a four time all-pro conerback be considered as someone under the radar.  Well, after the two forgettable seasons in Philadelphia which led to his eventual release, Asomugha is trying to revitalize his career back to the same place where he went to college at Berkeley .  Not only that, but the new defensive scheme should help as well.  Unlike the Eagles who played zone defense for the most part, the 49ers rely on putting pressure on the quaterback and having their defensive backs go one on one with the opposing receiver.  This suits well for Asomugha and with the recent season-injury to Chris Culliver, the 49ers are desperate for him to regain his form once again.  
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