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Lawrence Okoye visiting 49ers, Saints

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01:16 PM ET 04.12 | The story of British Olympian Lawrence Okoye was perhaps the most intriguing to come out of the NFL Super Regional Combine in Arlington, Texas, last week. It sounds as if NFL teams are intrigued as well. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported Thursday that Okoye visited with the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week before heading to New Orleans for a Friday visit with the Saints. Okoye finished 12th at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the discus. NFL.com's Gil Brandt wrote that he turned down an offer to attend Oxford University in order to try out for the NFL. Okoye's 40-yard dash, short shuttle, and broad jump were ridiculously good for a 308-pound player. His football skills are underdeveloped, but he could be the type of high-ceiling prospect that NFL teams take a chance on late in the 2013 NFL Draft as a project.

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Okoye winning the discus in Walnut, Calif., Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Okoye winning the discus in Walnut, Calif., Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
April 12, 2013  03:15 PM ET

As a defensive end he'd have one heck of a spin move.

April 12, 2013  03:47 PM ET
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As a defensive end he'd have one heck of a spin move.

Yeah, but could he tackle a QB once he got to one???

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April 12, 2013  07:46 PM ET
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You just threw that out there.

Disgusting Avatar Dole.

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April 12, 2013  09:36 PM ET
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Thank you.

Rodman has that booty all wrapped up.

 
April 12, 2013  11:30 PM ET

This guy would have a real job of work to get to pro level, let alone elite. Lots of guys have speed and strength. Lots of them overpursue, can't block and recover, get driven like a cow, or tackle worth a damn.

So what kind of miracle money is this dude worth, comparative to the average mainline prospect that is looking at a 3 year learning curve after playing organized football for years including 4 years at Div I?

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