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British Olympian impresses at Regional Combine

Discussion in 'NFL Draft Forum' started by Claymore95, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Claymore95

    Claymore95 Working on it... Club Member

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    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap10...nce-okoye-impresses-at-super-regional-combine

    Lawrence Okoye, who competed in the discus at the Olympics, wowed some scouts with his athleticism at the Regional Combine, 6'6" and 304 but ran a 4.78 40-yard with equally impressive broad and vertical jumps . Was reported last week that some teams were looking at him as an UDFA, but now being talked about as a possibility that a team uses a pick on him. Don't see it myself, as he has no football background whatsoever (beyond being a fan), but he'd be an intriguing development project.

    His speed isn't a surprise to me as, before he took up the discus, he played rugby at a fairly high level and played as a Wing, which translates roughly to a WR in football. Apart from his lack of football experience, the other thing that will likely stop him even being considered as a draft pick is whether he will remain committed to an NFL career. Here's a guy who's gone from a rugby player to a discus thrower and now wants to try the NFL...and he's still only 21. He's obviously got the athletic ability and the intelligence (he was offered a place at Oxford University), but he can't seem to settle on what he wants to do.
     
  2. jim1

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    I can't see him getting drafted, no football experience. He'll most likely get invited to a camp, but being big and fast are only going to get you so far- this guy has never played football. Making an NFL team will be a very tall order, I think that arena ball is more realistic.
     
  3. Springveldt

    Springveldt Season Ticket Holder

    :blink:

    Those are JJ Watt like numbers.
     
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  4. Boomer

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    He'll be a priority free agent or late round pick for someone who can store him away.
     
  5. dolfan22

    dolfan22 Season Ticket Holder Club Member

    We have multiple 7ths.
     
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  6. Bpk

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    Bunk him with Cam Wake and let them pull twenty dollar bills off the ceiling all offseason.
     
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  7. Claymore95

    Claymore95 Working on it... Club Member

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  8. NorFlaFin

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    At 6'6" 304 depending on his hands hes either a TE or DE.
     
  9. azfinfanmang

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    Thanks Barry (It is Barry isn't it :wink: ). That is one of the funnier things I've read lately.
     
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  10. UCF FINatic

    UCF FINatic The Miami Dolphins select

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    Any relation to Amobi Okoye?
     
  11. Jaj

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    He needs a simple position to play. 3-4 DE on the right side in a one-gap scheme would be his best fit.
     
  12. Boomer

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    A 304lb tight end?????

    He's a defensive end or defensive tackle.
     
  13. Boomer

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    None
     
  14. azfinfanmang

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    Cmon now.

    If you go back far enough, aren't we all related. :up:
     
  15. Boomer

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    Yes we are.

    Granddad.
     
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  16. pocoloco

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    Well.. Ireland has taken measurable guys in the 7th before (who was the vet school linebacker?). It just depends how picked clean his board is by that point.
     
  17. pocoloco

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    Go get Menelik Watson and this guy, the all-British team.
     
  18. Boomer

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    And Tom Wort and Ebe Oziora.
     
  19. Bpk

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    John Nalbone. Monmouth.
     

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