Signing Stampeders add DL Earl Okine

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  1. Madman

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    The Calgary Stampeders have added import defensive lineman Earl Okine to the practice roster.

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    Okine signed with the National Football League’s Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent on April 27, 2013, and he was released on Aug. 26, 2013. He signed with the Arena Football League’s Los Angeles Kiss on Sept. 30, 2013.

    http://stampeders.com/article/okine-added-to-practice-roster

    6'6", 286lbs and only 23 - let's hope they found a good one.
     
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    Okine has long arms and should fill out nicely once he gets to the next level. Okine has good athleticism and plays the run and pass well. He has a good first step and can beat an offensive lineman with speed or power. When he doesn’t get to the QB he does a nice job of getting his hands up in the passing lanes. Against the run Okine sheds blockers well and gets to the ball. He has good lateral speed and makes plays in the 10 yard box.
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    Seeker1, are you really that familiar with his play, or a current manager perhaps? lol. If what you say is true (no reason to doubt otherwise unless you come clean on any financial compensation), sounds like Huff made yet another smart roster move! I may however have to suck up my dislike of the Ottawa RedBlacks name after reading LA Kiss - but only a little. Always appreciate insight on new players from those in the "know" - thanks!
     
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    That was the story on Okine coming out of high school. He was a 4* recruit but just couldn't crack the 2-deep depth chart at Florida. Probably a guy that would've done better to go to a smaller program but when you're a 4* kid there's just so much pressure to go to a big program.

    Maybe at a Central Florida he would've been an NFL pick instead at Florida he was a guy with big upside but no numbers. Didn't get a NFL Combine invite and at his Pro Day was probably .25 seconds too slow in the 40 for serious consideration. If he survives for training camp it will be interesting to see what he brings.
     

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