49ers news: Olu Oluwatimi says playing with Trent Williams ‘would be awesome’
By Peter Panacy
Former Michigan center Olu Oluwatimi shared his thoughts about 49ers All-Pro tackle Trent Williams and what it might be like if they played together.
It’s anyone’s guess whether or not Michigan center Olu Oluwatimi winds up getting drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2023 NFL Draft. Oluwatimi was a popular player mocked to the Niners earlier this offseason prior to the start of free agency.
But, after San Francisco re-signed center Jake Brendel, Oluwatimi’s name wasn’t quite as frequent on all those mocks you’d see out there.
Nevertheless, the 49ers could do much worse than nab the 2022 Outland Trophy recipient, awarded to the best interior lineman in college football.
All parties will have to wait until the draft kicks off on Thursday, April 27, though, to see if that happens.
That said, the Niners do have the best lineman in all of football on their roster, All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams, and it’s a player Oluwatimi has watched for a long, long time.
The soon-to-be rookie joined the Niner Noise Podcast this week and shared some of what he thought makes Williams special and what it might be like lining up next to him if San Francisco ultimately drafts the Michigan center.
Olu Oluwatimi admires 49ers OT Trent Williams, says playing with him ‘would be awesome’
The 6-foot-3, 307-pound Oluwatimi hails from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, so he got a long watch of Williams when the latter was with Washington.
Oluwatimi told Niner Noise:
"I remember because I grew up in Maryland. And that’s where the Commanders’ Stadium is, and all those long years he had with the Commanders. So, just seeing him play and then seeing how he even elevated his game into his 30s, now with the 49ers, and man, it’s just awesome."
The 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro will turn 35 years old this offseason, but there aren’t any signs of him slowing down whatsoever.
And maybe, just maybe, Oluwatimi will get to join him:
"Being in the same room as Trent, it would be awesome if that happens. Because, I mean, he’s probably the premier offensive tackle, the premier offensive lineman in the National Football League right now, and he’s been doing it for a while."
Few would argue that.
Oluwatimi shared that he wasn’t necessarily a Niners fan growing up but knew how good Williams was. And considering the success both Williams and San Francisco are having, it wouldn’t be the worst destination if the 49ers ultimately pick Oluwatimi on draft day.
“If I had that opportunity to be in his room,” Oluwatimi continued about Williams. “Being able to pick his brain, see how he moves, see how he works, it’ll be awesome.”