This is excellent news for the Panthers offensive line – one who just recently signed #1 overall pick OT Jarrett Horst.
Chim Okorafor brings plenty of experience to the table for Michigan. Interestingly enough, he originally played college basketball, but transitioned to football after a couple of years.
Okorafor had stints with Riverside, Missouri Southern State University, and Pittsburgh State, before transferring to Benedictine. At Benedictine, he was excellent, earning himself an NAIA All-America selection during the 2022 season.
Since then, Chim has garnered some NFL interest. He spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles this past spring in rookie mini camp. Benedictine’s head coach, Joel Osborn, had this to say about Chim:
“When I went to his Pro Day, I could see that he had the size and athleticism the NFL Scouts are looking for. He did a very nice job in the drill work and was very coachable.”
Now, Chim Okorafor will look to kickstart his professional career in the USFL, with the Michigan Panthers.
General Manager Steve Kazor has been very aggressive in signing college draft picks. Including Chim, the team has signed six of them:
TE Gunnar Oakes OT Jarrett Horst OT Chim Okorafor DE Levi Bell LB DaShaun White LB Santrell Latham
Bell and Latham have since been released, with Bell earning a spot on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad.
It’s excellent to see the USFL College Draft playing such a major role in the structure of the league. With more and more draft picks being signed as of late, it goes to show that this draft can provide professional athletes with golden opportunities.
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