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Prince Charles Iworah sees the game of football as a chess match

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The 49ers used their only seventh round pick on Prince Charles Iworah who caught the eyes of scouts at his pro day.

The San Francisco 49ers used their final pick in the 2016 draft to select Prince Charles Iworah. He did not attend the combine, but during his pro day, he turned a lot of heads. He ran a 4.32 40 yard dash, and put up 25 reps of the bench press, a 38 1/2 vertical and a broad jump of 10 feet and 8 inches, which would have put him in the top five of those combine measurables. About that 40 time:

I honestly don't think that was my best time, but we knew I was going to run well, and it was a blessing on that day. After that, I got a sense that I turned a lot of heads that day.

He replied 'no comment' when asked how fast he had run prior to his pro day, adding that not being invited to the combine only fueled his fire to have an exceptional performance at his pro day.

Iworah, whose parents are from Nigeria, says his family doesn't have any football background, they are "just a bunch a fast Africans." He ran track at Western Kentucky but doesn't want anyone to think that track came first. He's always been a football player who ran track, primarily to help his football game get faster. He played running back in high school, not playing CB until he walked on the WKU football team in his freshman year.

Strength and speed are Iworah's natural attributes but his cerebral understanding of his opponents is what he thrives on.

I'm really a film oriented person. I love watching film on my opponents. It's like a chess match, I have to know my opponent inside and out. I have to know him more than he knows himself. So I'm really film oriented on that. People think I'm just speed but my game really comes from studying. Preparation is key. Thank God I had a great defensive coordinator that taught me how to do that. Coach Nick Holt, bless his soul, he was very hard on preparation and film is very key. I learned that being a walk on, that I always had to watch film [on] myself and my opponent to get better every single day. I was able to develop that attribute and just put that into my game and a lot of amazing things happened, man. Now I'm here.

Scouting reports on Iworah note his speed and athleticism, but also the need to work on refining his cover skills. He has potential but it's really his learning curve that will determine how long he remains on the practice squad before seeing game time. You can watch his whole interview here.